I had the luck to work closely with Ed for 28 years - the most harmonious professional relationship I have ever had, or could ever imagine. Under a quiet exterior lurks a raving visionary, someone who is always asking questions, always searching for the next step forward. Ed is a resource which should be exploited and plundered (maybe gold mined would be a better term!). There are not many people like him around in our profession or any other, as far as I can see. I hope many other artists and institutions have the benefit of his knowledge, care and wisdom.
Sir Simon Rattle CBE
Ed is a wonderful colleague who gave me my first job as Music Director of a professional orchestra - the Gothenburg Symphony. His huge knowledge and experience and his contacts throughout the orchestral world has been of immense value to me in my early years. Anyone seeking his advice about any aspect of our "business" will be very fortunate.
Posted 03 September 2010.
Camerata Nordica - Sweden’s international ensemble - continues to develop in an ever more interesting way-recently being the recipient of a major EC awatd for collaborative projects in Sweden, Estonia and the UK. (www.camerata.se)
Following a very happy 6 months in 2011 back working on a part-time basis in Liverpool with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in the role of Interim Executive Director-Orchestra and Ensembles. It was just 2-3 days a week, but fascinating to be back in the organisation where I first started my career 42 years ago. And where I first met the fifteen year old, Simon Rattle! Then more recently I’ve been holding the fort on a part time basis with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast as Interim Chief Executive - having now handed over the reins to the new full-time occupant of the role - Rosa Solinas.
Consultancy work for the Scottish Government as an external assessor for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra included a remarkable project the orchestra undertook in the Shetlands producing a wonderful series iof events for the Islanders - and introducing many newcomers to the thrills of live music making from a full symphony orchestra. The Shetland fiddle players also shared their expertise with the orchestral players - a mutually stimulating experience.
I returned to Mumbai for a week in September 2012 for the Symphony of India festival.The Orchestra now has a full time General Manager from the UK (Philip Sizer) who will started with them in January 2013 . This should enable them to progress their development on managerial, financial and artistic matters. I continue to advise them on a number of issues - and we have Charles Dutoit and Chantal Juillet performing with them in September this yes.
In addition to these projects in Sweden, India and Northern Ireland I am helping the Orchestra Philharminique de Luxembourg to identify a new Music Director.
And I am about to fulfil a longed for dream in a move to live some of the year in an apartment I have just bought on Lake Como.
There’s a note at the bottom of this page referring to the company that designed this site for me - Made Media. This Birmingham based company was recommended to me by Sarah Gee (Founding Partner of Indigo and a colleague from CBSO days) and its Managing Director is Jake Grimley. His father is Terry, who was the long serving Arts Editor of the Birmingham Post when it was a daily. I’m very pleased with what Jake has done for me - his clients include:
Glyndebourne,Sadlers Wells,Town Hall/Symphony Hall Birmingham,Nottingham Playhouse,Royal Court Theatre,English Touring Opera and BCMG…..
it’s good to be in their company!
Posted 26 September 2011.