Holly Mathieson with the London Philharmonia — 21.10.10

Holly Mathieson is working 12+ hours a day, 7 days a week, getting paid peanuts, [as the Orchestral Librarian for the Philharmonia Orchestra] and touring constantly - she has never been happier!

Conductor, Holly Mathieson (Arts Foundation Award for Patronage Donation Recipient from Adrienne, Lady Stewart) is currently working in London with the London Philharmonia as their Orchestral Librarian.

Holly says "The Philharmonia is the hardest working, and currently the best, orchestra in London. I'm learning so much from them all.

We did a fantastic tour of Europe with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting Wagner's Tristan with Bill Viola's amazing film. It was a great way to get to know everyone...the main thing is I'm learning so much: I am using [the Award for Patronage] generous funding to get involved in all of the conducting masterclasses and lessons available here (when I can take time off). It's already paid off - the orchestra is launching an assistant conductor programme with Esa-Pekka, similar to the one he ran in LA which launched Dudamel's career. Someone pulled out at the last minute and he asked me if I'd like to use the time on the podium. so I learnt Debussy's La Mer in one day, had two hours to brush up on Beethoven 1, and ended up conducting in front of a panel which included Salonen, our Managing Director David Whelton and some of the senior players from the orchestra. insane.... I didn't get through to the second round (I don't think I was even in the competition to  be honest), but I think they were impressed I had the courage (and madness) to give it a go on such short notice, and I extracted a promise from E-P that he'll give me a lesson at some point while we're on tour.

Other than that, it's a lot of photocopying and music sorting, but i'm loving every minute of it."