How did you begin conducting for ballet?
When I came back from studying in Amsterdam, the Sadler’s Wells Ballet were doing a piece by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, a ballet called Las Hermanas (The Sisters), to a score by Frank Martin. It was a harpsichord concerto and the soloist they had booked fell sick. I was asked if I would come and play it, and that’s what started my connection with the ballet and my love for working with dancers in the theatre. Before then I had been an organist and church musician. The ballet was a big success but eventually dropped out of the repertoire and they (Sadler’s Wells Ballet) said to me, ‘we understand you like to conduct, would you like a go?’ Ultimately it worked well, so they gave me a job as Assistant Conductor.