All Risks Musical: An Irreverent Guide to the Music Profession

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In a series of hilarious 'rules' cellist Alice McVeigh describes exactly how to succeed in the music profession (or not?) Fruity, feisty and fizzy, and adorned with cartoons by Private Eye's Noel Ford--All Risks Musical is the book every conductor will want to ban.

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'A perfect gift for an aspiring musician. . . packed with countless nuggets of amusing advice.' -- Keith Bramich, Music and Vision magazine

'A richly entertaining mixture of tongue-in-cheek cynicism and practical advice that should gladden the hearts of musicians everywhere.' -- Steven Isserlis, international cellist

'All Risks Musical is very amusing--and very irreverent! It has some lovely Stephen Potter moments, as well as marvellous cartoons.'' -- Laurie Taylor, columnist, Times Higher Education Supplement

A delightful, amusing yet chillingly accurate assessment of the musican's lot. -- John Georgiadis, former leader, London Symphony Orchestra

A richly entertaining mixture of tongue-in-cheek cynicism and practical advice that should gladden the hearts of musicians everywhere. -- Steven Isserlis, international cellist

Absolutely hilarious - I couldn't stop laughing. --Edward Vanderspar, principal viola, London Symphony Orchestra

Alice McVeigh's turn of phrase is positively Wodehousian. She is wonderfully funny.' --David Owen Norris, pianist and critic, Radio 3

Alice McVeigh's turn of phrase is positively Wodehousian. She is wonderfully funny. --David Owen Norris, Radio 3

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With All Risks Musical, McVeigh has let herself go. Without naming names (she said in a BBC radio interview that places and instruments had been changed 'to protect the guilty') she divulges everything from what orchestral touring is really like to how to deal with the brass player who knocks on your door at 3 a.m. desiring 'comfort and consolation and a few other things besides.' This book is a riotous, no-holds-barred expose of the world of classical music. As the Yorkshire Post put it, 'The last night of the Proms will never seem so staid again.'

All Risks Musical also marks a new, non-fiction, cartoon-adorned departure from this gifted writer. Her previous two books, both novels published by Orion, attracted critical acclaim including these reviews:

'Characters rise and fall to McVeigh's superbly controlled conductor's baton. . . McVeigh succeeds in harmonising a supremely comic tone with much darker notes.' (Sunday Times)

'McVeigh is a professional cellist and is thus able to describe with wry authority the extraordinary life of a London orchestra. This is a very enjoyable novel, and not quite as light as it pretends to be.' (Sunday Telegraph)

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