Since joining our Emerging Artist program in 2012, ACO Violinist Glenn Christensen has toured with the orchestra more than 30 times. Three of these tours went to London, so he’s had time to perfect his approach to the city.
We sent photographer Wolter Peeters along with Glenn to see how he balances work and travel when on the road.
I go to the Borough Markets every time I’m in London. They have such a huge range of food, sweets and coffee, and I also love the vibe of the place – there are always so many people there and it’s such a friendly place to visit.
Galleries and Museums
One of the things I love about London is that all of its museums are free. This time I went to the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum, both of which have the most incredible exhibitions. The Portrait Gallery is home to some astonishing paintings, some of which were done more than 500 years ago. I also went to the British Museum, and in doing so realized just how much the British have stolen! I saw so many Greek relics in the middle of London! But it’s an amazing building and there are such fascinating pieces and artefacts of history housed there.
I love being in the hustle and bustle of this part of town. On this particular occasion, I was just there to get some shoe laces, but I always like going back there to walk the length down to Bond Street and soak up the energy of the place. And there’s great coffee in this area!
Rehearsing and performing with the ACO
This is my third visit to London with the ACO, and I love coming back to perform here with the Orchestra. To have Pierre-Laurent Aimard perform with us was a great experience- he’s a stunning musician and his Mozart just sparkles!
The London audience is always really responsive, and seem to really like us. Also to be a part of the cultural hub of London, where the standard is so high, is a real privilege. To be able to show London audiences what an Australian orchestra can do with a program of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart was a great thrill - I think we showed them a thing or two...
Glenn will also be taking centre stage in our first 2018 performance Tognetti Tchaikovsky Brahms, where he lead the Australian premiere of Anna Clyne's Prince of Clouds with fellow ACO violinist Ike See.