Andris Nelsons isn't conducting Elgar Dream of Gerontius in Birmingham and at the Barbican on 12th and 14th because his littler baby daughter has been taken ill. It's obviously not a minor matter. Audiences are sympathetic because no conductor can concentrate 100% in situations like that (not nice men, that is). A child is far more important than a concert. In any case, Edward Gardner will be stepping in (Gerontius is hardly rare repertoire). Toby Spence is out too, replaced by Robert Murray. So all good wishes to the baby, to Nelsons and to his wife Kristine Opolais, the soprano.