Author: Adrian

It’s 6am on a Sunday and I’m on my way. It’s only taken ten months of organising and re-scheduling to get us to this day. I’m going to be a happy wreck by the end of it ❤️

It’s been a special but busy week, full of events & anniversaries. After our initial tutti rehearsal on Sunday for the Ady Ensemble’s Brahms Recording Project, we’ve continued this week with some sectional rehearsals, which will be followed by our recording session over next weekend. Wednesday also involved a sad memory for myself & the […]

Thanks to all of the Adyophiles who attended our first rehearsal of the Ady Ensemble’s Brahms Recording Project. After having to delay our first instance of this project back in June, it was with some relief and joy that we were able to recommence this project now, six months later. Let’s hope this time that […]

So today was the third and final concert conducting the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra. It was also an important date for me personally today, as it was fifteen years ago today that my father-in-law passed away. A lifelong fan of the Aston Villa F.C., I paid tribute to him with pocket kerchiefs, the maroon and […]

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 […]