for Peter Stark
“Even in writing I am struggling to find the right words, and on re-reading, these words are woefully inade-quate. Your understanding of the piece, and the music within, and the way you laid out the architecture so clearly to me, coupled with the intense commitment of the players, made for an experience so overwhelming that by the end I was comprehensively ‘undone’.” (Performance of Schönberg Verklärte Nacht, Conducting Course 59, June 2019)

“I just wanted to say a quick thank you for all your patient, dedicated and inspiring work on Don Quixote last week. What an awesome undertaking for this young orchestra, and how brilliantly they rose to the challenge! It was quite one of the most enjoyable and satisfying concerto experiences of my career – and one I shall always treasure. But so much of that was down to you, Peter, and your expertise in guiding us all through this complex, unique and wonderful masterpiece. We are all in awe of you!” Tim Gill, cellist

“I just wanted to thank you for an amazing weekend playing Shostakovich 7 with the European Doctors’ Or-chestra. It was one of the most amazing musical experiences I can imagine. That was in no small part due to the historical context and understanding you gave us of such a complex piece and your patience in working through it with us. It was a truly remarkable and overwhelmingly moving event to be a part of.” (European Doctors’ Orchestra, Shostakovich Leningrad Symphony, Manchester, October 2019)

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“I still can’t quite fathom the amount that I have learnt in such a short period of time. I will be pouring over my notes and video footage for weeks to come I have no doubt. Even as I am typing a litany of questions are popping into my mind about how I use this new approach in my conducting from now on.”

“These past three days have been truly revelatory. I think I can safely say that my whole outlook on life, the Universe, music and how I view myself physically and psychologically have been completely and utterly transformed. You facilitated the most wonderful learning environment and taught with such beautiful clarity and kindness. Thank you.”

“An extraordinary 3 days. An outstanding course and completely inspiring. Slightly like rehab too! Group therapy but with a group of people you never knew, who then become like family.
A work colleague asked me last night what I had taken away. I tried to say one thing but then another came and another and another and another…..
Reflection over the last 3 days is what I have with me now and its even better!”

“Peter, you are a delight. This week has been a revelation: not only do I feel the urge to use the word ‘glori-ous’ in my regular vocabulary, but I have overcome a tremendous mental barrier and have been deeply moved by my experience of conducting from the heart and with the ear — not from the head and with the head. I can happily say that [this was – sic] quite simply, one of the best things I have ever done, and I thank you for sharing your wisdom and support with all of us. I feel like I have come away with an addiction and I am longing to stand in front of a group of musicians and feel ‘that’ feeling again — what a glorious thing!”

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