A Little Hors d’oeuvre from our Music Festival in France

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ~Bob Marley

foothillsIn my last post from the foothills of the Pyrenees in the south of France, I wrote about the richness of learning when mixing youth and experience in a musical performance (When youth meets experience, both win).

As someone who appreciates music but is somewhat technically challenged, it took me longer than expected to download and format a clip of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet played at the festival edited.  And then I realized the 1st movement was too long to post here on my WordPress blog, so some editing was required.  But alas, success (not the best quality picture but I think you will enjoy hearing a bit of this masterpiece).

The location is an old Medieval church in the village of Limoux in the south of France and the musicians are a mixture of very young (14 years old), a professor of Viola in Italy and a professional orchestra clarinetist.

Enjoy.  Opening two minutes of the 1st Movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.

You can find out more about the festival at Young Virtuosi’s website.

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress


About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at john@johnrchildress.com or john.childress@theprincipiagroup.com
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