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    Memory lane: Was it good, bad or empty?

    Each month I keep an eye on the conversations I’m having with people to find topics for my next #OrchChat – an hour of discussion on Twitter about orchestras. Usually the three topics of each chat are quite diverse but so far have somehow bled into each other. It’s really a fascinating hour. Click here to read the transcript of January’s #OrchChat Over the past couple of weeks there is one conversation that has cropped up several times from several sources, including the excellent & brief daily snippet of arts news You’ve Cott Mail, and I was just wondering about your experience in the arts. This topic just might be…

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    #OrchChat – January 2013

    Twitter was the home of another FABULOUS discussion amongst some passionate orchestra enthusiasts last night! #OrchChat was scheduled for one hour and although it got off to a slow start, people from around the world joined in and the discussions got meaty. I’m thrilled so many people participated and some have already made terrific suggestions for next month’s session. The three topics we explored, with very interesting perspectives from performers and audiences, were: Public Self-Condemnation: does the language orchestras use turn people off? Dull vs. Sparkling: ballet, opera, film, video games all have visual elements. Are orchestra concerts boring? Why should orchestras use Twitter? What are your thoughts about these…

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    You certainly asked!

    THANK YOU to all who participated in the 3rd Annual #AskAConductor Day on Twitter earlier this week. Remarkable stuff! Some friendships were rekindled, some new ones made, and I’m hoping that those who like live music (orchestras, choirs, musicals, opera, film, etc.) are now more aware of what conductors actually do, how they do it, and why. After all, that’s the purpose of giving you a global opportunity to ask a conductor whatever you want! If you missed it, glean the incredible list of original tweets from the transcript linked below and make sure you join my mailing list so you get to hear about next year’s event ahead of…

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    First #OrchChat

    Earlier this evening I hosted my first Twitter chat. Thanks to the encouragement, inspiration and sharing of resources from Lisa @PracticalWisdom it seemed to be a success! Well, I certainly enjoyed it, and time simply flew by. And I’m impressed that a conductor from Finland joined in – it was 1am there when we started! The three topics we explored, with very interesting opposite perspectives from performers and audiences, were: Do musicians who played in youth orchestras now advocate for or even attend orchestra concerts? Do concert halls help or hinder the success of orchestras? Why are some conductors marketed and treated like Rock Stars? Click this link to read the…

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    World Orchestra Summit

    “I’m about to turn the orchestra world on its head and spin it around a few times.” Stephen P Brown The current state of orchestras in the USA is embarrassingly unsound, to say the least. The Western World’s orchestral industry has been decimated by highly inflated costs and drastically reduced public interest. Orchestras all over the world are exploring options for future survival, a few unsuccessfully. I believe the basic foundation blocks upon which the “Industry” or “Establishment” has been built have been cracked for some time and are now crumbling under the weight of so many bandages. Whilst in college some 20+ years ago, I warned of orchestras failing…