English singers are quick, Germans are deep

That’s the view from Justin Doyle, coming to the end of his first year as conductor of Berlin’s Rias chamber choir. He’s about to premiere a new work by the baritone Roderick Williams.

Justin says: In England, the focus is less on sound than on interpretation and musicality. And because there are far fewer rehearsals in England than in Germany, there is a high level of professionalism in terms of sight reading But then it is not so deep.

Read on here.


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  • Yeah this sort of comment is always absolutely fair because it addresses working conditions (an external input) rather than some sort of essential idea. He’s saying people respond to the system – and they do!

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