Last year I wrote a post about Coaching, Conducting and Performing. At that time I was fascinated by Leonard Bernstein’s work with three orchestras (New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra). I was struck by the parallels between his experiences and coaching sport.
This week I listened to another recording about performing in music and was struck again by its potential as a resource for coaches. The recording has a great title: Boléro! A Musician’s Nightmare. It discusses Ravel’s music from the performer’s point of view. Those taking part included: Bramwell Tovey, conductor; John Ludlow, concertmaster; James Blades, David Corkhill and Gary Kettel, percussion; Jack Brymer, clarinet; Dave White, saxophone and clarinet; Malcolm Frammingham, trombone; Margaret Campbell, flute. The reader: André Maranne. Each of the performers talks about how they overcome their nerves about playing Bolero.
For my part I have linked Bolero with athletic and artistic performance since Torvill and Dean’s 1984 Winter Olympics dance to the Bolero theme.