Do you recall a few years ago when Christopher Pidcock played the Dvorak Cello Concerto in one of our concerts? He was then a relatively unknown cellist and I remember chatting to him. He was so grateful to receive the opportunity to perform. He impressed us greatly then and we all thought that this was a young man going places.
A couple of years later I spotted him playing in the cello section of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – being so tall and so bald, he is not one to be missed. Since then I see him flanked by his fellow cellists in every SSO concert I attend.
Last week I was at a concert listening to Vladimir Ashkenazi conducting the SSO in one of his Beethoven series (Symphony no. 4 and the Emperor Piano Concerto) and what a surprise: for the Piano Concerto, Christopher was the leader of the cello section, with Catherine Hewgill, the permanent section leader by his side! We were right: he is going places! It is so satisfying to think that in some way our Choir had a role in being his ‘launching pad’.
Go well Christopher!