20 May 2010
Interview: Sir Andrew Davies - Conductor
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Ken Walton [The Scotsman, 20 May 2010]
EARLIER this year, Sir Andrew Davis made a rare reappearance in Scotland. Until then, the former chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra - through which he became best-known as the man in charge of many televised Last Nights of the London Proms, not to mention the thankless speeches that go with them - had hardly set foot north of the Border for decades, despite cutting his teeth back in the 1970s as a staff conductor with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.