As part of the Notes & Letters festival, in association with the RPS, Tom Service takes us into the rehearsal rooms of some of the most inspirational orchestral partnerships in the world. He unpicks how conductors’ silent gestures are transformed into sound by a group of more than a hundred brilliant but belligerent musicians and reveals how the catalysts of place, time, and personal history are alchemised into the indelible magic of life-changing performances.
Tom Service writes about music for The Guardian, where he was Chief Classical Music Critic, and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. He has presented Radio 3's flagship magazine programme, Music Matters, since 2003. He was the inaugural recipient of the ICMP/CIEM Classical Music Critic of the Year Award, and was Guest Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. After years practising in the mirror, he once conducted Bruckner's Ninth Symphony. He is also an RPS Council Member.
The Notes & Letters Festival is associated with the Royal Philharmonic Society's Notes into Letters Project, bringing the worlds of music and word together. Through commissions, tasks and activities, writers, poets and wordsmiths draw inspiration from the musical canon. You can find out more about this project by following this link