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      1969 interview with Jacqueline du Pre and Daniel Barenboim

      14 January 1969: Edward Greenfield interviews young married couple Jacqueline du Pré and Daniel Barenboim

      Jacqueline du Pré, fortunately cello-less, stumbles over one of the many planks that litter the outer rim of the Round House, Camden Town. She laughs at her clumsiness, a schoolgirl again. We are both there to see her husband, Daniel Barenboim, record one of a series of Beethoven films for television, due to be shown in bicentenary year 1970. She is stealing a few moments from her practising to share what for both of them is still an opportunity for exuberance, not just a job.

      While Barenboim rehearses, we talk. No, It is not quite true that she practises only for concerts. She does not as a rule enjoy it for its own sake (one exception: on summer evenings in the dusk - “a teenage thing”), but as a committed professional she knows there is a lot of hard work needed all the time to keep up sheer physical dexterity. What with flu and a fortnight’s holiday, she has been away from serious practice for three weeks, and that is why she has to go back this evening to practise Bach cello suites in their Bayswater flat, so small that if Danny wants to practise at the same time Jacqueline either has to sit on the bed or go to the lavatory. They are thinking of moving, but sentimentally still like the cramped conditions of a flat where they spent their honeymoon.

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      Xian Zhang makes conducting history as first woman to have titled role at a BBC orchestra

      The Chinese-born artist is to be the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s new principal guest conductor. She talks exclusively to Tom Service

      “Some ladies don’t like to be asked this question,” says Xian Zhang. “But I’m happy to talk about it”. The question is that question, the one that female conductors are always asked, namely: “Why aren’t there more of you?”

      Today it is announced that Zhang is the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s new principal guest conductor, a role which will make her one of the UK’s most prominent female conductors – she’s the first woman to have a titled conducting role with a BBC orchestra – and which means she’s going to be asked about the representation of her gender in the echelons in the conducting profession a great deal.

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      BBCNOW/Portal review – Latin feelgood factor spreads to Cardiff

      Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
      Led by Eduardo Portal, the percussionists had a field day in this continuing celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia

      Newly returned from South America, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Spaniard Eduardo Portal brought a Latin feelgood factor to this concert. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia had been the focus of their tour and, by way of souvenir, the flute concerto of Argentinian Lalo Schifrin was central to the programme.

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