Gavin Sutherland – conductor of English National Ballet’s Nutcracker was on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune last night. I’ve clipped it up because its a piece of live radio cracking with energy.
Sutherland’s enthusiasm for his is evident in the energy he brings to the conversation, sharing surprising personal anecdotes about his musical background, pointing to Tchaikovsky’s business-minded approach to putting together orchestral suites of ballet music as a way of drawing audiences to the theatre.
The exchange reminds me of how authors wholeheartedly talking about their books can trigger me to purchase their publication simply because of the enthusiasm they bring to their interviews.
English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is at London Coliseum from Thursday 15 December. Book via the English National Opera website.