LSO On Tour

Sex, Drugs and Barcarolles

Sex, Drugs and Barcarolles

By | August 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm | One comment

Addicts Symphony is a Channel 4 documentary coming to your screens on Wednesday. It involves LSO players Matt and Bindi as they show how music can help people rebuild their lives which have been shattered by alcohol and drug abuse. I took part in a small part of the filming,...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Switzerland Festivals August 2014

An “in tents” Festival…

An “in tents” Festival…

By | August 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm | One comment

It feels an age since I have penned a blog, and in fact it is a couple of months since we have been on tour. Much has happened in our LSO lives. The departing in a tragic accident of Principal Trumpet Rod Franks was a huge blow to the Orchestra musically and professionally, and...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Switzerland Festivals August 2014

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings…

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings…

By | May 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm | 2 comments

We all know how the old saying goes, especially the opera critics. I should look up its origins, but the internet on this tour is shaky and patchy enough for me to not bother trying. In any case, on this five-concert tour it’s irrelevant; there are no singers of any body...

Posted in: Eastern Europe May 2014, LSO On Tour


The LSO in World War I: Roy Robertson

By | September 1, 2014 at 11:00 am | No comments

The third blog in our series exploring the Members of the LSO who served in World War I tells the story of violinist Roy Robertson. “Sympathetic reference was made in regard to those members of the Orchestra whom had joined His Majesty’s Forces, viz: Messrs W H Reed, Philip Lewis, E Carwardine, H Ralph, T [...]

LSO Discovery

Addicts’ Symphony

By | August 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm | 3 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: Dhafer Youssef

By | April 23, 2014 at 11:31 am | 2 comments

We talk a little with spellbinding  oud master and vocalist Dhafer Youssef, who tells us about his latest album Birds Requiem and what to expect from its UK orchestral premiere with Kristjan Järvi and the LSO on Thursday 24 April.   There’s an interesting quote about the Birds Requiem album on your website: ‘I am waiting impatiently for [...]

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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