Andy and I went to check out the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the centenary of Bernard Herrmann, one of my favourite musicians and in my mind, the best film music composer of all time. Unfortunately, they only played some of his songs - North by Northwest, Citizen Kane, Psycho, Taxi Driver, and Vertigo - but there were guest spots galore (other film music composers, his widow, Norma) and we were sitting in the choir area behind the orchestra, so we could see the orchestra peeps flipping their pages and having conversations amongst themselves. I love that shiza.
Best part of the evening was the conductor, Paul Bateman, while conducting the music from the Psycho murder scene - he flipped his baton in his hand and started stabbing the air. YESSSSSSS.
Also, what is it about orchestra musicians that I find so different from pop music folks? To me, they have made a lifelong commitment - they’ve mastered this one instrument, usually from a young age, play gigs many nights a week, and in some cases, have developed physical problems from their instruments. Yet, they are also able to have a 9-5-like job with their music. Is it music without the sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll? Maybe I’m wrong.