News flash from City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: "The Baton may have switched, but the Orchestra plays on". What's happened is that Andris Nelsons had to pull out an hour before the scheduled concert in Dortmund last week. His 3 month old baby daughter was taken to hospital In Riga. It's clearly not something trivial, as Nelsons won't be back til next month. The baby's mother is Kristina Opolais, a sensational Madama Butterfly at ROH last year, who must have been 4 months pregnant at the time, though the audience didn't know. All orchestras have contingency stand-bys, and Associate Conductor Michael Seal stepped in, and the concert and tour proceeded. So much respect to Andris Nelsons, who has his priorities right.