Author: Adrian

Another great audience turnout for the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra last Saturday in Kenmore, for our second concert together. With Monday night being our last rehearsal for this concert series, the orchestra also had a bit of a Christmas bash, and gave me a kind token of their appreciation. We’ll have our final concert together […]

It’s 2:30am and I can’t go back to sleep.After the initial tiredness returning from a long day of travel, I find myself experiencing the quiet content that comes from a good rehearsal or, as is the case here, a great concert. I’d like to thank the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra for their playing at yesterday’s […]

The most civilised way to wait for a bus.Heading up to Maleny with the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra, for our performance this afternoon with the Maleny Singers, including works of Verdi, Strauss Jnr, Tchaikovsky, and Mascagni. #conductor #conducting #brisbanecitypopsorchestra #adrianhead #malenysingers

My last rehearsal tonight before next weekend’s performance with the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra. I have to say that this one gets at me every time; right up there with Gesualdo’s calls of “salva me”. I’m so looking forward to conducting this, along with some Tchaikovsky and Der Fledermaus #conductor #conducting #orchestra #bcpo #adrianhead #tchaikovsky […]

I’ve just got home late this evening, after a rewarding rehearsal conducting the #brisbanecitypopsorchestra through Mascagni’s Easter Hymn, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and excerpts from Der Fledermaus, to find this in my letterbox: the recording of #bernardhaitink conducting his final concert. I ordered this when he was alive; now it arrives after he has left us. […]

Adieu, Maestro

It is with a very heavy heart that I have just heard of the passing of Maestro Bernard Haitink. Who only passed away yesterday, at the age of 92. It is eerie to know that it was only yesterday that I was listening to some of his Bruckner recordings; his recording of the 7th Symphony […]

While the Tchaikovsky 5 sight-read may have been last Sunday, it’s back to work for my other commitments. The last two days have seen me preparing and adapting works for my three performances with the Brisbane City Pops later this year. Preparations for the reboot of the Brahms Recording Project continue, as do discussions for […]

Thanks to everyone who came along to participate in the Ady Ensemble’s Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony sight-reading session this afternoon. It was a pleasure making music with you. All the best. www.adrianhead.com #conductor #conducting #orchestra #adyensemble #adrianhead #tchaikovsky

It’s been a hard week, getting through marking up and copying the parts for the Ady Ensemble’s sight-reading session this weekend. After spending several days at home it was time to get out, find a cafe, and try to get a more balanced perspective on things, plus a bit more time with the score itself. […]

Coffee and Tchaikovsky parts

I’ve been marking up the parts for Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Sympony since mid-last week, for the Ady Enemble’s sight-reading afternoon this upcoming weekend. It’s always very labour intensive, but apart from doing actual score prep this is a great way to consolidate your interpretation, and to get into the minds of the players, and the composer. […]