An Interview with Amanda Forsyth

Hannah Nepil speaks to Amanda Forsyth, lead cellist of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, ahead of their collaboration with the RPO at the end of the month.

There’s a matter-of-fact quality to Amanda Forsyth’s voice when she says, ‘it was the worst and best time of my life.’ The Canadian cellist is describing the run-up to the 2011 world premiere of A Ballad of Canada, the last piece ever composed by her father, Malcolm Forsyth. He was suffering from pancreatic cancer at the time and had been told he had two months to live. ‘But he lived for nine and the reason was that he had this premiere and he wanted to be there. And he was. Somehow he managed to get, with his oxygen tanks, to Ottawa,’ Forsyth recalls.

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Meet the Management: Liz Forbes (Concerts Director)

Tell us a bit about your working history with the RPO.

After a period of time managing individual artists and then completing my MBA, I have spent the majority of my working life here at the RPO. Starting in an assistant role, I quickly settled into event management, becoming Concerts and Recordings Manager for several years. Then, after a short spell at the BBC, I was invited back to become General Manager of the RPCO, before moving into my current role as Concerts Director of the RPO.

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Hannah Nepil talks Music and Neuroscience

The concert on Thursday 27 November at Cadogan Hall, featuring conductor Alessandro Fabrizi and pianist Alexandra Dariescu, is dedicated to Music and Neuroscience – a scientific project that aims to develop and deepen understanding of the relationship between the themes of music production and science.

Picture the following scenario: you’re feeling under the weather, so you make an appointment with your GP. After a lot of ho-humming, they dispatch you to a specialist, who prescribes three hours of Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto shaken up with half an hour of Haydn’s Nelson Mass – to be taken twice daily with food and absolutely no Wagner.

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Prom 60: RPO/Dutoit at the Albert Hall, SW7

THE TIMES

How about this for an evening meal: chocolate fudge pie, cherry cheesecake, topped off with black forest gateau? A combined performance of Respighi’s Roman tone poems isn’t quite that indigestible, for the orchestra does tiptoe from time to time, but the calories and noise involved need a health warning and a conductor not afraid of the immoderate.

Enter, then, Charles Dutoit...

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/search?q=charles+dutoit

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