Wayne Marshall has presence and enormous self confidence. He is a charismatic figure and he could seduce a chair. We met at The Phoenicia’s Palm Court. There he greeted me with a firm and welcoming handshake.
He offered me a drink straight away, put me at my ease and soon we were talking like two old friends. He is much in demand. ‘I spent most of my life conducting. I do not do solo piano as much as I do organ where I have a large repertoire. Conducting takes me to wonderful places – different places, different music. I never tire of it.’ He particularly enjoys the challenge of conducting from the piano.
This love of music did not just come from nowhere. He has a music gene