Why have you created Musica Viva, and what do you hope to achieve with the series?
I’ve been fortunate to perform concerts in many of the world’s best venues, with great colleagues. I have also built concert series and music festivals in other places that have done very well, attracting large audiences with good programmes.
We all know that everyone responds to music; going to a concert is an exciting experience, something that’s a bit of a treat, out of the ordinary. Now that I’m here, I created Musica Viva in order to share as much music as possible with our community – to develop exciting concerts, to bring in great artists, and to do all this in a way that is inspirational for everyone – students at the University, members of our community, and even school children.
You obviously see Musica Viva as about much more than just the concerts. What else is on offer as part of the series?
You’re right; the concert is the apex of a lot of hard work and preparation and it’s often really exciting to attend (and to play!).
Through Musica Viva, all of us involved in making music will share our experiences of learning the programme, practicing our instruments, and discussing interpretive issues so that the audiences can more fully appreciate what they’re hearing. If you know more about a particular musical work, there are more ways to understand it.
So, I’m including informal pre-concert talks before each concert performance. Our guest artists and I participate in University classes, sharing our experiences and thoughts about music and performance. These are all good ways for everyone to interact.