It’s not often that the names Pierre Boulez and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are written in one sentence, but we had two close encounters with the great man in December. The first was at Southbank Centre, when he and the Ensemble Intercontemporain perormed the night after us at the Royal Festival Hall. The Ensemble actually arrived at the hall shortly before our concert on 9 Dec, and a few of their staff came and listened to our concert of Schumann with Sir Simon Rattle. Then, later in the tour, in Baden-Baden, Pierre Boulez himself came to the concert and was snapped by our Principal Double Bass Chi-chi Nwanoku chatting to Sir Simon backstage. He is reported to have enjoyed the concert!

Chi-chi sent me the pics and commented: “It was an honour to have Boulez in our audience in Baden-Baden, and  I grabbed the opportunity to snap the maestri. I later shook hands with Boulez and spoke briefly to him to tell him I’d admired his work all my life. He was very kind and friendly.”

Will, Marketing Director

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