LSO On Tour

Early at Orly

Early at Orly

By | April 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm | One comment

Our arrival in Paris was heralded with the low roar of one hundred wheeled suitcases being dragged from the Gare de L’est to the Hotel du Nord. Parisians enjoying a cup of coffee and a cigarette on one of the swarm of pavement cafes around this area looked up as it sounded as...

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Life’s little luxuries

Life’s little luxuries

By | April 7, 2014 at 10:16 am | One comment

We're currently in Paris and I think the orchestra breathed a sigh of relief at the thought of two nights in the same hotel, whoopie! We are ensconced in the Mercure hotel opposite Gare du Nord, which in my time in the LSO has thankfully undergone a transformation from chintzy...

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One Kiss or Two?

One Kiss or Two?

By | April 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm | 4 comments

Do you leave a tip, or will the waiter come running after you insisting you take your change, as happens in Japan? Or will they come running after you, complaining that you haven’t left enough tip, as happens in New York? Do you take your shoes off to go in the restaurant, or...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Music in Colour April 2014

Artist Interviews

Interview: James Gaffigan

By | February 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm | No comments

We catch up with James Gaffigan, the New Yorker currently serving as Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, after the first rehearsal ahead of his LSO debut on Thursday 13 February. He talks to us about the thrills and spills of being an international conductor, his first impressions of the LSO and electrifying star [...]

LSO Discovery

Discovering Early Years

By | April 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm | No comments

Far away from the concert platform and involving our youngest participants, our early years work with children under 5 and their parents and carers is a side of the LSO’s work you don’t often get to see. Here’s a rare insight into the world of our mini music-makers…. By Natalie Chivers, Community Projects Manager; and [...]

Behind the Scenes

Play time

By | October 5, 2013 at 11:57 am | No comments

There aren’t that many documented instances of the intersection between the worlds of classical music and football.  Nessun Dorma’s use during Italia 90 is one that sticks out (in a performance made famous by one time goalkeeper Luciano Pavorotti), along with my personal favourite; trying to spot Fabio Capello in the audience at Barbican concerts [...]

LSO Live

Barry Banks on Berlioz Requiem

By | January 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm | One comment

Barry Banks reflects on the monumental recording of Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts in St Paul’s Cathedral in June 2012, under the late Sir Colin Davis. The first time that I encountered the Grande Messe des Morts was as a 21 year old student at the Royal Northern College of Music. Had I realised then, [...]


And the results of the ABRSM jury are…

By | December 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm | One comment

What a tense two weeks! Daily, musicians were posting their results on the Gradeone-athon Facebook page for all to see and remark upon. Some people did amazingly, some only passed and I started to realise that the Kwok family honour might suffer a terrible blow. My parents had cleverly offered me results-driven sponsorship, beginning with [...]

LSO St Luke’s 10th Birthday

What’s on at the Festival today: Day 11

By | April 1, 2013 at 9:13 am | No comments

Here’s what you can enjoy on day 11 of the LSO St Luke’s 10th Birthday Festival: 10am to 2pm: Family Day Aimed at families with children under 8, this Open Day celebrates a decade of Early Years Workshops and family events at LSO St Luke’s. On Easter Monday the building will be completely taken over [...]

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