This comprehensive survey chronicles the complex and often contradictory state of choral music in Britain through a series of in depth interviews with twenty-three major conductors, including
Stephen Cleobury, Simon Halsey, and John Eliot Gardner. Differences
between the philosophies and practices of English conductors and their
American counterparts are vast: “English ways” candidly explores
distinctively British philosophies, techniques, backgrounds, ideals,
likes and dislikes. The foreword by John Rutter provides an incisive
historical overview and framework for the discussions.