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O Duo: ‘It’s not just music. It’s visual, too’

The Guardian, 30 Sep 2010
Tom Service

O Duo’s percussive fireworks first set the world alight in an Edinburgh pub. Now, thanks to composer Stephen McNeff, they’re playing with the BBCSO. Tom Service meets them.

… percussion duo, rehearsing the new concerto that composer Stephen McNeff has just written for them…  McNeff’s ConcertO Duo, which they’ll play with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London later this month, will be “a real journey”, Gunnell … O Duo’s percussive fireworks first set the world alight in an Edinburgh pub. Now, thanks to composer Stephen McNeff, they’re playing with the BBCSO.

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Shrink to fit: Debussy’s opera for a huge orchestra made smaller

The Guardian, 18 Nov 2008
Stephen McNeff

Debussy’s only opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, is an ambitious work for a large orchestra. Can you make it much smaller? Stephen McNeff tried

…Debussy’s only opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, is an ambitious work for a large orchestra. Can you make it much smaller? Stephen McNeff tried…

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Change or die

The Guardian, 3 Feb 2006
Stephen McNeff

Composers must be willing to eat, sleep and breathe with an orchestra if contemporary classical music is to survive, says Stephen McNeff. Here, he argues for a new approach.

….· Stephen McNeff’s Secret Destinations will be premiered at the Lighthouse, Poole, tomorrow. Box office: 01202 685222. It will be broadcast on Radio 3 on February 6. Gentle Giant opens at the Royal Opera House, London, on February 17. Box office: 020 … Composers must be willing to eat, sleep and breathe with an orchestra if contemporary classical music is to survive, says Stephen McNeff. Here, he argues for a new approach…

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Make Your Own Luck: Stephen McNeff in conversation

John Robert Brown
Published in Winds magazine, Spring 2010-. Reproduced by permission.

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a guide to rehearsal and performance
by Mark Heron

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