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Robert Dawson Scott Reports

TIME TO FACE THE MUSIC Why is the Scottish National ()rchestra taking so long to appoint a successor to Stephen Carpenter. their former general manager. who departed in somewhat strained circumstances earlier in the year‘.’ ()rchestral planning lead times being what they are. the orchestra needs someone in post as soon as possible if they are not to miss the boat for 1990. Preparation for the next Musica Nova festival in particular. in which Mr (‘arpenter and the SNO‘s former principal guest conductor Matthias Ba mert played such an important part. must already be behind schedule. But although I understand some interviews have taken place there are no puffs ofwhite smoke over La Belle Place.

Judging by the way the job was advertised. the SN() are looking for a hard—headed business person. If it is top class headhunting that is causing the delay. that is understandable. if not desirable. Indications ofanother kind of problem can be found in an interview with Neeme Jarvi. the orchestra's outgoing musical director. in the August issue of Hi-Fi News. lamenting the financial constrictions which he says have prevented him from achieving the results in the concert hall that he has achieved in the recording studio. he says. '(ilasgow isn‘t London. Paris. Vienna. It‘s impossible to give tours with our kind offinancial support. We need one or two international tours a year. In spite ofthe recordings London still thinks that regional is provincial; everything happens there



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[in London]. In one way that‘s right. But Scotland is different and we have to show them what we‘re doing here.‘ The interviewer. one David Nice. goes on to suggest that ‘the lessons of Birmingham lie. of Simon Rattle

. and the (‘BSOl have not been applied

in a similar situation.‘ lfthe SN() managment is simply havering over putting up enough money to lure whoever it is they want they should remember the ship that was spoiled for a ha‘porth oftar. The last thing the SN() needs now is weak or inexperienced management.


The mergerofthe Edinburgh University Students‘ Association

: publishing house Polygon with the Edinburgh University Press which

i was announced last week marks the

, end ofa remarkable experiment in . publishing management. Polygon

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had a few key professional personnel but they answered to an editorial board of University students. It was a student. for example. who sought out and published James Kelman's first novel. Curiously. however. it was the students themselves who provoked the merger when the EUSA decided that they could no longer afford the modest grant they made to Polygon. Like all student organisations it depended on the heavy commitment ofa few individuals; presumably those wishing to go into publishing as a career have been rolled over by those who want to go into the (‘ity.

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In the meantime Martin Spencer. the :

relatively new boss of EUP. has been presented with something he was planning to set up anyway. a second and more popular imprint to run alongside the academic

responsibilites of EUP. There were a i


few sharp intakes of breath at the sheer speed of events but it looks as though all may yet be for the best. Mr Spencer. who has already quintupled EUP's somewhat moribund output

more Polygon titles on Scottish contemporary issues to complement EUP's list. promises to continue the Edinburgh Review. the high-brow literary quarterly (editor Peter Kravitz is nothing less than ecstatic at the brighter future the deal offers his magazine) and even has positive feelings for the more speculative end of Polygon‘s list. the fiction and drama. (Negotiations are in progress with the 'l‘raverse for a Playtext series. something which Scottish theatre desperately needs. provided that it doesn't only produce 'l'raverse texts. ) There is even provision for continuing. in a reduced way. the work experience opportunity that Polygon offered students. Mr Spencer hopes to be able to organise two seminars a term. one on developing a list and the other on specific aspects of publishing as a business. And finally the Students' Publications Board. the print production and newspaper end of the current operation. will continue in its present form. Such much loved publications as Festival 'l'imes should still be with us.



Alan Lyddiard until recently associate director at Dundee Rep is to take

1 over from Ian Brown as artistic

- . . I .1 I S u for next year. has immediate plans for } d'rccmr OfTAG' Mr Lydmrd ha had

several big successes at Dundee. notably the two huge community

: projects based on William Blain‘s

novel about the city. Witch '3 Blood. Apparently it was his work with school and community groups on that project which particularly impressed

the Strathclyde Region representative on the appointment

panel ~ Strathclyde beingTAG‘s major funders because of their

' educational remit. In fact we only i ever see about halfofTAG's output

in public: of the four shows they do each year. one is specifically for

primaries and another is just for fourth form secondaries and below.

. None ofthis should faze Lyddiard

whose work before Dundee included i a stint as director of the Second Stride company in Birmingham (he‘s from

: Bishop‘s Stortford originally) and a

1 childrens TV series. Starting Out for

- (‘entral [certainly can't seeTAG's

excellent reputation there were quality applicants from all over Britain for what is fundamentally a rather unglamorous Theatre-in-Education job—- coming to any harm in the hands ofbig Alan.


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