“Brilliantly argued and elegantly written … Marcus is impeccable in the timeliness of his observations and right on as far as his suggestions …Excellent piece on some of the words flying around … Excellent piece with a rigorous, informed defence of El Sistema … ‏ Worth reading: a detailed evidenced argued defence of Sistema … Excellent article … Remarkable response …Deep and resonant …Bravo for your eloquent blog …your last piece still blows me away … Very powerful blogpost btw re criticism of El Sistema, fabulous … truly great article on your blog! … it’s a great read.”
Comments regarding this Blog, from Leonora Thomson, Erin McGann,  David Visentin, Danny Driver, Sebastian Scotney,  In Harmony Sistema England,  Eric Booth, Tricia Tunstall, Glenn Thomas, Etienne Abelin, Reynaldo Trombetta and Igor Toronyi-Lalic, March-August 2012

“Thank you Marshall Marcus for changing the way I think of Baroque Music. You are doing a tremendous work in Venezuela!”
David France, Sistema Fellow, New England Conservatory, April 2012

“Breaking News: Marshall Marcus, head of music at Europe’s biggest arts centre, has resigned from London’s South Bank after five fruitful years. Marshall’s greatest achievement was to maintain the peace between four resident orchestras – LPO, Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – while bringing in high-calibre promotions like Daniel Barenboim’s Beethoven cycle, Gustavo Dudamel’s residency and the present focus on Pierre Boulez. But he’s a restless man, ready to move on. He has a long-standing relationship with José Antonio Abreu and el Sistema in Venezuela and his next task will be to develop joint projects between the South Bank and the Sistema. He will also head up a baroque music programme for the Simón Bolívar Music Foundation in Venezuela. His timing is immaculate – ahead of the 2012 Olympic overkill, and the inevitable letdown that will follow. I wish him well.” 
Arts Journal November 2011

 “It’s business as usual [at Southbank Centre], thanks to Marshall Marcus’s imaginative policy, with a brilliant array of soloists.
Michael Church, Classical Music August 2011

“Southbank Centre…the most buzzy, music filled site in the whole of London”
Jessica Duchen, The Independent 2011

“Kelly and head of music Marshall Marcus have succeeded in making the [Southbank Centre] complex an exciting crossroads where cultural streams converge and revitalise each other.”
London Evening Standard 2010

“The former violinist and head of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is the real power behind Jude Kelly’s music programme. He has confounded sceptics by brokering peace between the LPO, Philharmonia and London Sinfonietta.”
London Evening Standard 2007, ‘London’s 1000 most influential’

 “Under Marcus’ leadership the OAE has become the most innovative and engaging period instrument performance ensemble in Europe.”
Gig magazine July 2006

“Marshall Marcus has brought vigour and experimentation to the OAE, staging late-night concerts and debates and attracting a younger and more involved audience.”
Norman Lebrecht, La Scena Musicale, June 2006

 “In a very real sense Marshall has put the OAE at the cutting edge of artistic life in the UK.”
Jan Schlapp, ‘Spirit of the Orchestra’, 2006

“[His appointment as CEO] was a masterstroke. Marshall really knows the Orchestra and he is fearless: he was prepared to say the unsayable: that everyone had to develop, that the Orchestra had to be rejuvenated from within. He has shown them that they can push themselves further.”
Sir Simon Rattle ‘Spirit of the Orchestra’ 2006

“Marshall has had an extraordinary track record with the OAE … During [his] tenure, the Orchestra has consolidated its position both at Glyndebourne and at the Royal Festival Hall, holding the positions of Associate Orchestra at both institutions. Elsewhere a pattern of new residencies and initiatives have characterised a period of expansion. In addition, it has formalised relationships with Ivan Fischer, Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Simon Rattle who have been named Principal Artists.”
Classical Source June 29, 2006


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