Last night at the Proms: Maestro loses hair control

Last night at the Proms: Maestro loses hair control


norman lebrecht

July 27, 2016


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Terrific action pics of Andrew Davis by Chris Christodoulou/Lebrecht Music&Arts


  • Bo says:

    I’m continuously impressed by the journalistic quality of this blog

    • John says:

      That must be why you keep returning to it. Lighten up.

      • Steven Holloway says:

        Ah ha! So NL’s assistant mate’s apprentice is named John. Well, John, Bo was only pointing out that rather a lot of posts on here have featured dead donkeys of late. Hard to deny.

        • John says:

          Well yes. Posts like his. And yours.

          • Steven Holloway says:

            Well I’m damned! You’ve written exactly the response I expected from you. A bit tedious, for again one has to explain that the post is what the blogger writes. What we write are comments. What Bo wrote was valid comment on the turn this blog has taken of late — a seeming obsession with posting, even if it means resorting to the utterly trivial. We come back to it for there may be a lively news item among the dead donkeys. Your reply to Bo was simply ad hominen.

      • Bo says:

        John, if you must know I return to this blog because there’s the occasional nugget of interest in between the obituaries and clickbaits. The fact that there are few competing resources also weighs in.

        Norman is free to include whatever content he wants, and it looks like I’m free to give him my thoughts on it. And – I must say – I’ve rarely seen a topical blog with as many (seemingly futile) negative comments to the editor as this blog seems to have.

    • Una says:

      Bo, get a life! Just remember this is Norman’s site, not yours, and Norman can choose whatever or whoever he wants for his site. A bit of light-heartedness when the summer holidays are coming up for us in England really does not go amiss instead of lording their superiority as many do, which is just plain boring. There are plenty of other sites around if you want something more academic! Or maybe start your own šŸ™‚

      Thanks Norman, I found that funny on a day I’ve had a lot of sadness!

      • Bo says:

        “Norman is free to include whatever content he wants, and it looks like Iā€™m free to give him my thoughts on it” – Do you have a reading problem, Una, or do you just like shouting at people?

  • Alan Lu says:

    It was a hair-raising experience.

  • Doug says:

    Now I remember where I’ve seen the before!

  • Edgar says:

    I’m bald. Sigh…. šŸ˜‰ At any rate, I assume the maestro and his colleagues made great music even greater together. Never mind the hair.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    “hairspray [is] the most important thing for a conductor after knowing how to tie your own bow-tie, having shirts the right size and wearing braces that don’t shrink when they get humid” – Carlos Kleiber (

  • Sue says:

    Carlos Kleiber used to say that an indispensible requirement for conducting was hair spray and braces which did not shrink in humidity!!!

    • Una says:

      I’ve worked with and have known Andrew for years at the BBC, and I doubt if he’d ever use something like a hairspray when he’s more concerned with the music. He’s always had lovely hair!! And such a nice and able man.

      • Chris Meakin says:

        Needs a ‘like’ button.

      • Sue says:

        You’d really have to understand the Kleiberian sense of humour, which was enormous!! And I’d have been more than willing to hold down his hair for him and hold up his braces.

  • pooroperaman says:

    An excellent advert for superglue.