No Concert Tonight . . .

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. ~Mahatma Gandhi

After five concerts in a row, today the Young Virtuosi musicians have a day off.  The final Gala Concert is Saturday evening at the Medieval church in the village of Castelreng in the south of France. After that, the Festival Musique de la Vallee du Cougain will come to an end for 2013. It’s been a gruelling schedule with a totally different selection of pieces for each concert, no repeats and every one of the 12 musicians taking part as either soloists or members of trios, quartets and quintets. DSC_0132So what do musicians do on a day off?  They practice, of course. Unlike most business meetings I attend where the participants rush in, usually from another meeting, check their smartphones for messages, then “wing it”, musicians are different.  They come to concerts and performances prepared, and then they do after concert breakdowns to learn what went well and what needs improving.  Certainly not what happens after most business meetings.  It’s usually off to another meeting, a quick phone call while walking down the hall, then into another meeting room to wing it.

To go fast, one must first go slow.  ~Confucius

The entire community, and the musicians, are all looking forward to tomorrow evening’s Gala Concert. Come join us! Another little taster from last evening’s concert: Shostakovich’s duo for two violins, 4th movement.

Tight Lines . . .

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 or
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1 Response to No Concert Tonight . . .

  1. Anonymous says:

    All I can say is “WOW!”


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