Looking for a seat to grab a quick lunch before the start of the Highbury Grove School/NYO Inspire project, I sat down in the school canteen and immediately got into conversation with three NYO violinists. They were friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic about the prospect of working with the combined Year 8 at Highbury Grove during the afternoon. I shared my enjoyment of the recent NYO concert at the Barbican Centre (John Wilson conducting an ambitious Elgar and Respighi programme) and
You’re driving along a road at night in an unfamiliar location and realise that you’re nearing a T junction. Your Sat Nav has broken and you’ve been meaning to sort it out. You approach the junction nervously and then what? You could go right, left, straight ahead, come to a halt and procrastinate, or turn back. All these options are possible but you’ve decided to venture ahead and try a few different routes before reaching your destination. Phew! Coaching or mentoring, or a