My Glasgow: Douglas Boyd

Douglas Boyd, Music Director & Conductor

Douglas Boyd was born in Glasgow and studied the oboe with Janet Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Maurice Bourgue in Paris.   

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PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW

09 Nov 2015
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He has held the positions of Music Director of Manchester Camerata, Principal Guest Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Partner of St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of City of London Sinfonia. 

Further afield he has conducted the Nagoya Symphony Orchestra, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and performed with the likes of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and National Arts Orchestra, Ottawa.  

Currently Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur and Artistic Director of Garsington Opera, Douglas has also most recently taken up the post of Music Director of L’Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.

WHAT MAKES GLASGOW UNIQUE?

The people, their wicked humour and their warmth and pride in their city is hard to beat. 

WHAT ARE THE MUST DO'S FOR A NEW VISITOR TO THE CITY? 

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See the Dali at Kelvingrove Art Gallery, eat at Rogano, be at Celtic Park on a great European night! 

WHAT IS THE CITY’S BEST KEPT SECRET?

If you go north of the city centre you can be in countryside in minutes - Loch Lomond and the Highlands await you.

My generation in music - the children of the 70's! Free music lessons, an amazing journey through the Glasgow Youth Orchestra programme, the paradise of Castle Toward, a 19th century country house in the Argyll area of Scotland that was used for young people in music and art for those lucky enough to be in the "1st" orchestra.

So many of that generation have made huge contributions to musical life either in Scotland or as part of the great Scottish diaspora.  Many of them are performing in orchestras all over the world as well as in the great Scottish orchestras.  

Here are  just a few names: Francis Cummings, Head of Sistema Scotland; Gillian Moore, Head of Music at London's South Bank; composer James MacMillan, John Lunn, composer of Downton Abbey, Craig Armstrong, composer of Moulin Rouge soundtrack, Will Conway, Principal Cello of Chamber Orchestra of Europe and many more...

We all grew up at an enlightened time in Glasgow. 

IF GLASGOW WAS A SONG (OR A PIECE OF MUSIC) WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Mahler: Song of the Earth.  The title fits.

 

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