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15 February 2001
Just what I don't want! Ian K. rings to ask when they can expect three
copies of the score please. Quite reasonable of course, but a slightly dented
optimism has to be mended with determination. I say, firmly, 'next Wednesday,
as agreed' and he says 'Great!' I only have to keep my word. Appointed the
new Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Festival this evening -- Susanna
Eastburn -- who takes over from Richard Steinitz in April. I now have a clear
five days at the computer without meetings, teaching or concerts to review.
16 February 2001
One full day at the screen and my eyes are ablaze already! Shall allow
myself to watch Alan Titchmarsh this evening, not least to see Rachel de
20 February 2001
Score in the post, recorded delivery. Awarding myself a few days off
before extracting all the parts, which they would like by 1st March. Have
resorted to Broline for the eyes; surprising how sore they become with this
close and concentrated work.
21 March 2001
Rehearsal in Leeds. Delighted to meet Ian Lavender who is very efficient,
colourful and thoroughly good natured. Very few problems arise, which is
very pleasing. One slight miscalculation in narration over music, but that
is probably JP-J taking the waltz a little too quickly. My timing has been
a bit too tight here, but for the most part it all works! Everyone delighted
-- even the brass.
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