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by Susan Rivers August 12th, 2016

The Bag’s the thing…

People who know me well know how much I value and love practicality in all areas of life and work. We at BBT love to come up with ideas to keep getting the word out about the Trust and how proud we are of all the wonderful musicians we have assisted with BBT awards and fellowships. So, if we can actually come up with something useful at the same time… even better.

This year we decided to produce another good strong shoulder bag sporting the names of our award winners since the beginning in 2003, right up to the latest young musicians added to our roster earlier this year. In BBT colours of red and white on black, we listed the names over 100 musicians and ensembles from all over the world.

Gloria Campaner sporting her new BBT bag August 2016

Gloria Campaner sporting her new BBT bag August 2016

Apart from the practicality of the bag itself, the list is a way of also reminding our BBT award-winners of the family of amazing musicians they are part of. We do try to keep in touch with them all and see them when we can, but this is ‘out-there’ proof that certainly not one of them is ever forgotten.

So we couldn’t have been more delighted to see Dutch recorder player, Erik Bosgraaf (alphabetically top of the list of our winds section) tweeting a picture of said BBT bag, spotted by a friend at the Parnü Summer Festival in Estonia this July.I happen to know it was being sported by David Nice, music editor and critic of The Arts Desk, because I had given him one personally when I was at the East Neuk Festival at the end of June and that’s where he was headed for next. As well as enjoying the concerts and scenery in this beautiful part of Fife, I also caught up with  BBT award winners Julian Steckel, Pavel Haas Quartet and Calidore String Quartet – and giving them their bags, of course.

BBT bag spotted at Parnu Photo: Thiemo Wind

BBT bag spotted at Parnu Photo: Thiemo Wind

We have had many appreciative comments about the strength and size of it (good for laptops, scores, books) and that it can also be folded up and stashed away in a pocket or carrying case for spontaneous purchases (pianist Llyr Williams is a self-confessed fan of such items).

Perhaps next time we produce one it will have to be a large fold-out suitbag to accommodate our growing list! Meantime, do snap (and send us) a picture of any that you see on your travels…

BBT bag-toters are in good company too – Mitsuko Uchida liked her bag so much, she asked for another one!

Susan Rivers, BBT Chief Executive

 

Mark Simpson with his newest BBT accessory, August 2016

Mark Simpson with his newest BBT accessory, August 2016

For the shy and retiring - guess who is displaying another way to wear his BBT bag? Photo: Nick Breckenfield

For the shy and retiring – guess who is displaying another way to wear his BBT bag?

Photos (unless otherwise stated) Nick Breckenfield, August 2016

 

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by Susan Rivers April 23rd, 2013

BBT Celebrated: Who Can Believe It!

Here we are just four weeks away from BBT Celebrated, with 13 events taking place at the Southbank over three days (May 17-19), and we are in overdrive.

It is incredible to think that we are now so close to seeing the fulfilment of an idea which I had over three years ago to celebrate the Trust’s 10th Anniversary. I saw it as a way to recognise the work of our enormously talented BBT artists, the involvement of founding Trustee Mitsuko Uchida and the generosity of Ilaria Borletti Buitoni and her husband Franco Buitoni. Continue reading this entry »

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by Susan Rivers March 12th, 2013

Reflections on a Decade of Borletti-Buitoni Trust

It’s hard to believe that it was back in 2001 when Mitsuko Uchida approached me as I was leaving the running of the International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre after seven years and told me that she had a friend who wanted to form a charity to assist young musicians. Would I be interested in taking it on?

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by Susan Rivers March 2nd, 2010

An extraordinary week… part 2

An extraordinary week in the life of Susan Rivers, Chief Executive, BBT.

Part Two. Saturday 20th – Monday 22nd February 2010. Utrecht – Mora – London

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by Susan Rivers February 26th, 2010

An extraordinary week… part 1

An extraordinary week in the life of Susan Rivers, Chief Executive, BBT.

Part One. Monday 15th – Saturday 20th February 2010. London – Aldeburgh – Utrecht

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