I’m not sure if it’s legal to put the photo up at my site, so I’ll just link to it for now. It just make me laugh a little. Not that I like smoking at all … but still ….

I’m so thankful to have positions in both Opera San José and Symphony Silicon Valley. Should my playing falter, there are ways they can go about getting rid of me, but they can’t, on a whim, require me to re-apply for my positions.

It is a confrontation as passionate as anything seen between Javert and Jean Valjean, pitting Cameron Mackintosh against the orchestra of Les Misérables, one of the theatre impresario’s biggest successes.

Mackintosh confirmed yesterday that the members of the show’s current orchestra – some of whom have played with Les Misérables since it opened 25 years ago – were being forced to reapply for their jobs. The move follows plans for an expanded orchestra with three additional members to accommodate new arrangements for the musical’s score.

“This does require us to look again at the make-up of the orchestra to ensure we do credit to the score,” said Mackintosh. “I hope that as many of them as possible will be able to remain with us for the next stage of the show’s life. However, should personnel changes be required I must continue, as always, to put the show and audience first.”

Mackintosh’s assurance that he wanted to keep the Les Misérables’ London show “the world’s premiere production” have done little to appease its musicians. “I don’t think what they’ve done is the right thing to do,” said the oboist Adrian Rowlands, when contacted by The Independent. A flautist who has played on a Les Misérables national tour also confirmed the news, but declined to go on the record as he intended to apply for one of the jobs.


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If there is anyone who needs to get rid of that old dusty Loree oboe, we’ll gladly help you and ease your mind!

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Everybody Wants To Be A Cat sung by Julien Neel (trudbol)

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Stanley Kubrick really likes to feature the oboe in his films

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My dear little girl,
If I were you I would not have any more to do with the oboe than the pleasure of listening to it. I have been playing oboe for 45 years, and for 44 years my greatest desire has been to give up that very ungrateful instrument. Stop now while you still love it, and when you quit, let me know.


Found in the book Marcel Tabuteau: How Do You Expect to Play the Oboe If You Can’t Peel a Mushroom?