While in South Africa recently to run in the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, Trinity Laban double bass professor, Leon Bosch, found himself giving an impromptu teaching lesson at the Buskaid Project in Soweto.
Had Leon Bosch been born a quarter of a century later, he probably would have realised his first aspiration of becoming a lawyer. As it turns out, Leon became a leading double bass virtuoso, holds a Masters in Intelligence and International Relations and is currently involved in doctoral research.
South African-born bassist Leon Bosch is never far from controversy - at the age of 15 he landed in jail for his political activism, and he has never been slow to express his passionate beliefs about life, music and politics. His Manchester Camerata colleague Basil Howitt paints a portrait of the man.
South African double bassist Leon Bosch had to overcome difficult circumstances in the early years of his career. Lawrence Milner interviews him as he returns to his native country for a series of concerts.
This article first appeared in Double Bassist magazine
#25 Summer 2003 published by Orpheus Publications
Newsquest Specialist Media. www.doublebassist.com
Six months ago, we placed an advert asking for people in therapy to let us track them through their treatment. The aim: to demystify a process still mired in controversy and confusion despite its ever-increasing popularity. Ed Marriott meets five soul searchers who've taken the 'descent into darkness'.
This article first appeared in The Observer Magazine on Sunday August 15, 2004 www.observer.co.uk