Daniel Harding, Air France pilot

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John F
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Daniel Harding, Air France pilot

Post by John F » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:28 pm

Believe it or not:

Conductor Daniel Harding to take sabbatical to fly planes
26 August 2019

The British conductor Daniel Harding has announced his intention to take a one year sabbatical from his music career to focus on his ambition of being a commercial pilot.

On a farewell tour with the Orchestre de Paris, Harding, 43, told the Spanish newspaper El País that he had qualified as a commercial aviator and would be taking a sabbatical to fly for Air France. ‘Since I was a child I dreamed of flying planes, but my dedication to music prevented me,’ he said.

‘I am fascinated by the feeling of flying a plane,’ he continued. ‘In the spring I will join Air France as a co-pilot and in the 2020/21 season I will take a sabbatical as an orchestra conductor…to dedicate myself to flying.’

In February of this year, Harding announced his intention to step down as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris at the end of this current season. He also serves as Conductor Laureate with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and as Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony.

https://www.thestrad.com/news/conductor ... 71.article

Karajan was also an expert pilot but he flew only his own airplanes.
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Re: Daniel Harding, Air France pilot

Post by Belle » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:00 pm

I'm sure that as a conductor he'll be a very good airline pilot. :mrgreen:

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Re: Daniel Harding, Air France pilot

Post by barney » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:35 pm

I wonder whether his planes will have the copilot's seat exchanged for a podium? Might ease the transition.

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Re: Daniel Harding, Air France pilot

Post by Philip M » Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:47 am

John

Daniel told me of this plan some 2-3 years ago. He just adores flying! He hopes to start in June.

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Re: Daniel Harding, Air France pilot

Post by Lance » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:02 pm

I give Harding a lot of credit. He will be doing something that is a dream-come-true for him. I seriously doubt he will give up conductor permanently. I wish him good luck in his new endeavor.
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