LSO On Tour

All We Like Sheep

All We Like Sheep

By | November 5, 2014 at 12:43 am | 17 comments

The day we arrived in Madrid, a demonstration was taking place where farmers exercised their ancient right to drive sheep through the centre of town. It caused chaos of course, as traffic was brought to a standstill. It was much like when the LSO arrives at an airport and we...

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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...

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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...

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Archives

Create an opera in a day? No problem!

By | November 7, 2014 at 11:59 am | One comment

Yasmin Hemmings is the LSO’s Discovery and LSO Live Trainee, and has been working at the LSO for just a few weeks. Create an Opera in a Day was one of her first projects to be involved in, and she gives us an account of the day. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On Saturday 1 November, families arrived at [...]

LSO Discovery

Create an opera in a day? No problem!

By | November 7, 2014 at 11:59 am | One comment

Yasmin Hemmings is the LSO’s Discovery and LSO Live Trainee, and has been working at the LSO for just a few weeks. Create an Opera in a Day was one of her first projects to be involved in, and she gives us an account of the day. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On Saturday 1 November, families arrived at [...]

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

Berlioz and Mendelssohn: Pure Audio Blu-ray Releases

By | October 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm | No comments

LSO Live’s newest releases, Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique & Overture: Waverley, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3, Overture: The Hebrides & Schumann’s Piano Concerto, are not only musically captivating, but are also the first on the label to be released in the exciting new format, Pure Audio Blu-ray. So what is Pure Audio Blu-ray?   Pure Audio Blu-ray is an exciting new format which [...]

Gradeoneathon

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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