have two great fears – one of them is going blind, closely followed by going deaf. Obviously for a conductor the second option isn’t very good, how could you direct an orchestra when you can’t hear them? I had a scare recently, I was finding it hard to hear what players were saying from the back of the orchestra. It was a bit like “maestro … is it F sharp in … (inaudible) … or … (inaudible)?”...

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