Julian Perkins, conductor & harpsichordist

When I was starting out as a musician I sometimes worried too much about what people might think of me. Now, I try and focus more on the ever-changing process of making music and let the listeners decide for themselves what they like.

Damian Iorio, conductor

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music? I come from a family of professional musicians – I am the 3rd generation! My initial education and career was as a violinist, and during my higher education in Manchester I thought it would be interesting to learn to conduct…

Peter Ash, conductor/composer

I always wanted to be closer to music. Conducting was a natural extension and progression from my experience as a horn player. The challenge of trying to imagine a complex score written by someone else took this magical internal activity even further than playing one line. Perhaps the ultimate version of this is to imagine one’s own sounds.

John Nelson, conductor

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music? The seed was planted in high school when I attended a three-week music camp at Westminster Choir College. At the end its famous conductor, John Finley Williams, looked intensely into my eyes and said, “young man, I’ve been watching you….

Andrew Constantine, conductor

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music? After taking up the cello as a youngster I remember seeing a book cover with an intriguing image. It was about Sir John Barbirolli but it certainly wasn’t clear from the book cover that he was a conductor – he…