Mirga, ready for the wall

Mirga, ready for the wall


norman lebrecht

August 31, 2020

Norman Perryman has produced a canvas of the Birmingham music director to go beside his portraits of her predecessors, Nelsons, Oramo and Rattle.


  • Ralph Bateman says:

    It’s like a Mirga fan-site here !

  • Gustavo says:


  • Peter Phillips says:

    I sometimes wonder what an earlier conductor of the CBSO, Sir Adrian Boult, famously restrained in his gestures, would have said about Mirga’s exuberant style. The orchestra certainly seem to respond to it though and that’s what matters.

    • Appleby says:

      Sir Adrian, in his lifetime, sent private letters of encouragement and congratulation to each of his Birmingham successors upon their appointment. I expect he’d have said to her what he said to all of them: best wishes, and enjoy the superb Birmingham tap water.

  • Dan W says:

    I hope CBSO didn’t pay a fortune for this because it looks bugger all like Mirga

  • David A. Boxwell says:

    Sturmisch bewegt!

  • A perfect example of much ado about nothing

  • Brian says:

    Inappropriate headline (again… sigh). It sounds like she is going to be shot at dawn. Or about to take part in a re-recording of a certain Pink Floyd album.

  • icebreaker says:

    nice to see she gets a portrait appropriate to her stature as a conductor to be hung in such exalted company

  • Rob says:

    Wow, she has long arms.

  • Fiddlist says:

    Perry, man, you got the face all wrong: looks more like Barbara Hannigan than Mirga!

  • Pam Easto says:

    I like the painting! Mirga has settled into the job, and the orchestra and audience like her – she can fill Symphony Hall when others can’t

  • Gustavo says:

    Songe d’une nuit du Sabbat

  • Gustavo says:

    Max von Schillings
    “Das Hexenlied”

  • RW2013 says:

    No baby belly?

  • Arthur says:

    Good, she can hang that down the hall in one of the staff bathrooms where it belongs.

  • pjl says:

    sorry, but these paintings are an insult to a great orchestra & its conductors; just terrible!

  • James Benson says:

    I really hate to join the ranks of the slippedisc belittlers but this is cringingly, embarrassingly bad. Sub ‘A’ level standard, perhaps scraping a GCSE pass. Even some of those famously-and rightfully, when it comes to their wonderful orchestra- enthusiastic Brummies of my acquaintance don’t like these. Yuk.