“Let’s talk music”, says Simone Young with obvious relish. We’ve been chatting for a while over a glass of wine in a pleasant bar in Balgowlah – the northern Sydney suburb where Young grew up and where her widowed mother still lives.

When Limelightcatches up with her, the acclaimed Australian conductor is back on a fleeting visit to help settle her mum into a new home after a health scare, but has generously agreed to make time for an interview. Given...

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