When he stepped onto the Sidney Myer Music Bowl podium in 2003, it wasn’t just Benjamin Northey’s MSO debut. “It was my first big concert with a professional orchestra,” he recalls. As if that wasn’t pressure enough, he chose to conduct the entire concert without the scores. “I still have no idea what I was thinking.”
Whatever it was, it worked, because “they were all tremendously impressed and immediately invited me back”. Again and again, especially from 2007, when Northey returned from studying in Europe. He was appointed as the MSO’s Associate Conductor in 2010, then Principal Conductor in Residence nine years later.