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Meet Richard Egarr

Posted on 12 Jun 2015 by Leo Messias

If given the choice what would Richard Egarr’s super power be? And what are his favourite tunes on his i-pod right now? We sat down for an irreverent tête-à-tête with the English ‘polymath of the musical world’ and asked the all the important questions ahead of his Australian tour.


The best thing about making music with period instruments is… 
They sound great and so colourful when played well. They give you such an insight into the colours that were at the composers’ disposal.

My top 3 non-classical songs/artists are…
Prince – Purple Rain
Bjork – Joga
Beatles – absolutely anything!

I’m currently reading…
An autobiography of Frederic Lamond…pianist and student of Liszt.

If I could clone myself and be in two places at the same time I would…
Have a holiday permanently with my other self…

I learned the most about music when… 
Probably singing in the choir at York Minster. It’s such an amazing training being in a cathedral choir and singing all the time.

If I could choose between being invisible and being able to fly I would…
I would prefer the ability to fly…it must be so amazing to be able to go anywhere and view it from such a great vantage point.  Not sure I would like any superpower…would only cause complications I suspect.

The best thing about talking to children about music is…
Children always react so honestly to music and tell you exactly what they think without any complicated post-hormonal filters.

I’ve enjoyed being at the helm of the Academy of Ancient Music for the past 9 years because… 
Like any family the AAM has great joys and great ‘issues’… but what remains and is constant within the organisation and musicians is a deep love, joy and commitment for the music and passion for making music which are the most important thing.

I love playing with the ACO because…
Like AAM, ACO has a deep love, joy and commitment for the music with great openness and passion.


Egarr and the Golden Age
13 – 28 June, across Australia

Canberra Sat 13 June 8pm, Llewellyn Hall
Melbourne Sun 14 June 2.30pm, Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne Mon 15 June 8pm, Arts Centre Melbourne
Adelaide Tue 16 June 8pm, Adelaide Town Hall
Perth Wed 17 June 7.30pm Perth Concert Hall
Brisbane Mon 22 June 8pm, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Wollongong Sat 20 June 7.30pm, Wollongong Town Hall
Sydney Tue 23 June 8pm, City Recital Hall Angel Place
Sydney Wed 24 June 7pm, City Recital Hall Angel Place
Sydney Fri 26 June 1.30pm, City Recital Hall Angel Place
Sydney Sat 27 June 8pm, City Recital Hall Angel Place
Sydney Sun 28 June 2pm, Sydney Opera House

Tickets available through the venues above. Alternatively visit www.aco.com.au/egarr or call 1800 444 444 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).