LSO On Tour

Last stop. Berlin.

Last stop. Berlin.

By | September 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm | One comment

As we leave Essen, the end of the tour is in sight. I often get the same sensation as the tour begins to wind down, like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I find myself enjoying the concerts more as the repertoire becomes set in the fingers with repetition. But today...

Posted in: Germany Tour September 2014, LSO On Tour

Too many options…

Too many options…

By | September 12, 2014 at 1:11 am | One comment

If like me, you spend a large number of days sleeping in a strange bed, that is to say, hotel beds, then you’ll be familiar with the sensation of waking up in the middle of the night and not knowing where you are. Last night in Luxembourg, seven of us were in a separate hotel...

Posted in: Germany Tour September 2014, LSO On Tour

Question Time

Question Time

By | September 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm | No comments

As I wait in the wings, two enthusiastic young things are hustled past me on the stairs having completed their interview. They smile, and I can’t help noticing they are carrying an enormous cowbell each. I reflect on the just how big the cows must be, but before the image is...

Posted in: Germany Tour September 2014, LSO On Tour


The LSO in World War I: Robert Carrodus

By | October 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm | No comments

The fifth blog in our series exploring the Members of the LSO who served in World War I tells the story of violinist Robert Carrodus. We don’t actually know very much about violinist Robert Carrodus’s life as a soldier in World War I – we think he served either in the West Riding Regiment (Private [...]

LSO Discovery

Addicts’ Symphony

By | August 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm | 7 comments

Almost two years ago LSO Discovery was approached by a team from Big Mountain Productions who were developing a programme working with a number of recovering addicts, using music. Big Mountain Productions had encountered LSO Discovery’s work and wondered whether its inclusive way of working could be used to inspire and support the participants throughout [...]

Artist Interviews

Interview: Rafael Payare

By | September 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm | No comments

We catch up with Venezuelan hot-shot Rafael Payare, recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, who tells us why everyone ought to come to his LSO debut concert on Thursday 9 October… Imagine I don’t know a lot about classical music. How would you describe what a conductor does? Well, first let’s say that [...]

Behind the Scenes

BMW LSO Open Air Classics – some tips

By | May 11, 2014 at 10:42 am | No comments

The day is finally here – BMW LSO Open Air Classics in Trafalgar Square starts at 6.30pm this evening. If you don’t already know what this is, you can find full details here. If you’re planning to come, here’s a few practical tips which should help make everyone’s evening run smoothly and be even more [...]

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 [...]

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