Vienna, 18th July

In the middle of a heatwave, conducting Mozart and Strauss at Schonbrunn. I've been asked to conduct the Irish Chamber Orchestra next season, having worked with them last week at the Shannon Festival, where they and Anthony Marwood put on a collaboration with Sinead O'Connor.

I'm also preparing Sibelius 2nd symphony, Scriabin's Prometheus and various other bits and pieces for Music Camp next week, and the scores for the English Chamber Orchestra concert on 10th August, and I'm starting work on the next collaboration with Joseph James on some Rachmaninov pieces, to be recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra later on this year.

Reading David Cairns' wonderful account of Mozart and his operas; heart-warming and laser-sharp at the same time.