Throughout the past 23 years, the International Concert Series has been and still is my raison d’etre. It is a huge privilege promoting wonderful musicians from across the world, and many have become my friends. Bringing performers and audiences together through music creates a frisson of excitement and achievement.
Every 5 years I have commissioned West Country composers e.g. Clive Jenkins, Marsha Head, Terence Higgins and Phillip Buttall, to write a special piece in celebration of the concert series. Next year, 2018, will be the 25th anniversary and new compositions are already on the drawing board.
Every 2 years, the Plymouth Music Accord hold auditions for aspiring young people hoping to progress to a musical career. As a result, I have given several successful candidates their first professional concert.
A handful of performers from my concerts past, present and future are shown in the photo set on this page.