Vasily Petrenko
Vasily Petrenko, 2018. Photo © Mark McNulty

Locked Down But Not Out

As one of the busiest maestros on the planet, Russian-British conductor Vasily Petrenko lost umpteen engagements because of COVID. Now based in Liverpool, the “Honorary Scouser” talks to Clive Paget about the impact of the virus on classical music, and explains how he has used the unexpected hiatus – from recording video interviews to growing tomatoes and a beard.

The UK may be back in lockdown, but Vasily Petrenko isn’t one to let the grass grow under his feet. Throughout the pandemic, the Russian-born maestro has embraced and welcomed the opportunity to spend time with...