S itting in the audience at a recent Willoughby Symphony Orchestra concert, I was struck by the fact that the composer-in-residence, Nigel Westlake, was also the conductor. To have the composer of the score conduct is a very special treat indeed for musicians. Who better to provide musical insight, interpretative advice and general direction to those given the task of playing this music? It is a relatively rare combination these days.

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