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Aug 13, 2013

Episode 169: William Barton: didgeridoo master teams up with the Australian Youth Orchestra in Europe (video)

A tiny village in lower Austria called Grafenegg is the set for the latest video, shot during the Australian Youth Orchestra's tour of Europe. William Barton is a true character and good fun to be around.

He's  the star of the large scale orchestral piece by Peter Sculthorpe, called "Earth Cry", which features the didgeridoo.
When I interviewed him on the castle grounds with a hand held camera, I realized for the first time how big he is in stature. I had to really hoist the camera up high to get a well framed shot of him. He had some nice words to say about youth and music. Have a look at the video below, it's just over two minutes.

Joshua Bell and Christoph Eschenbach have been chatty and fun back stage after concerts, even though they are in the throes of performing a piece for the first time: Scheherazade by Rimsky Korsakov, which has a ripping solo violin part throughout. I'll interview Joshua Bell in a couple of days after the Amsterdam concert is out of the way and he's a bit more relaxed.

Anyway, here's William:

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