I have been very fortunate to have been able to make a living as a professional musician. Being a free-lance musician has been challenging in some regards but having the freedom to work with different ensembles and orchestras such as ACO has been rewarding and fulfilling.
I remember the concert was directed by Frans Brüggen, the great early music conductor and recorder player. It was a very exciting and inspiring project for me as a young musician working with the Orchestra.
Back then, this music was fresh and new to me. I grew up in the brass band tradition and hadn't been exposed to a lot of classical music. To be introduced to Mozart's last 3 symphonies in this exciting environment was a revelation. I have since performed these symphonies many times with different groups so yes, my perception has changed. It's hard to compare though.
25 years is a long time ago and to be honest it is difficult to remember specifics. The main difference is of course that we are playing these symphonies on period instruments in this concert series. I wasn't performing on the natural (valveless) trumpet back then. The sound is so different when the string instruments are using gut strings and the wind and brass are playing on instruments or copies of instruments from Mozart's time. The balance is different, the brass are often asked to play louder on these instruments which is not usually the case when using modern trumpets in an ensemble of this size. Quite the opposite actually.
Of course some things have changed but essentially Richard's energy, enthusiasm and passion for music making is just as vibrant and infectious now as I remember it being back in 1990.
ACO, violin and surfing.
Under Richard's leadership the ACO has established itself as one of the leading chamber orchestra's on the world stage. It is an ensemble that young Australian musicians aspire to be a part of and that Australian audiences adore.
As a trumpeter there are so many great works that I could name. However, I think some of the most exciting performances that I've played in my career have been of Beethoven's symphonies with ACO. I would never tire of playing any of Beethoven's symphonies with Richard and the Orchestra.