What led you to commission an oboe concerto from Nigel Westlake?

The orchestra had worked with Nigel on a number of occasions, so there was already that nice relationship. When Jane Mathews gave us some money to commission a piece for Diana Doherty, Diana and Nigel, who had already great mutual admiration, spent time together so the concerto was really tailor made. She came over and he said just noodle around and let me hear things. Out of that came...

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