One of the wonderful things about my job is that I get to meet my heroes and right at the top of that list is the late Sir Charles Mackerras. I talked him into become Princiopal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber, worked with him through many seasons at the Edinburgh International and he became a friend. His two obsessions were Janacek and Mozart. In the case of the former here was almost singlehandedly responsible for establishing the operas in UK. In Mozart he pioneered authentic performance practice which is taken for granted today. He also had a wicked sense of humour - when questions ran out on a panel he was once asked why he didn't ask himself one. Back came the answer 'because I'd take too long to answer it' As Schumann said of Chopin 'hats off, a genius'
See him at an early recording session here
See him conduct Janacek's Glagolitic Mass here
Hear his last interview from Glyndebourne here