John Wilson Discourses Upon Leonard Bernstein at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Really, I’m going to have to start collecting these pronouncements.

John Wilson on Berstein
Stephen Maddock, CEO of the City of Birmingham Symphony and John, 24 January 2018.

The music is of such importance it actually unlocks some of the questions as to what people are meant to be doing and thinking on stage. I’ve done West Side Story a lo’, I’ve done a few complete productions of it and whenever you are unsure of how to turn something dramatically you look in the score and the subito or the hairpin will actually give you the direction of what’s happening on the stage in every bar.”

John honey, there are these things called lyrics and librettos

We will have to have a talk over a bot’le a’Broon one of these days, won’t we?

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