I’m excited by work that brings different art forms, artists and cultures together. Making opera and music theatre is one of the most thrilling, all-consuming journeys imaginable. Tokaido Road (my first opera) was a four year expedition of ideas, fund-raising, team-building, creation and touring and it was worth every stomach-lurching moment. You can read my closing thoughts on the opera here.
I love the concept of a travelling show and all of these are designed for younger audiences and families. I’ve written and directed most of them myself and there is always a focus on story-telling carefully illustrated by some of the finest chamber music – we’ve used repertoire by Ravel, Beethoven, Stravinsky, John Adams, Haydn, Howells, Grainger and many more to tell our tales. Each show lasts around 50 minutes and they have been seen by over 7000 young people.
I think of concerts rather like visits to a museum or an art gallery…I don’t believe that any music or genre is ‘unprogrammable’ and I’m intrigued by mixing up musical styles, visuals and technology. I’m keen to constantly challenge our concert conventions and to take music into new places and spaces.