LSO On Tour

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 | No 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

Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue

By | May 24, 2014 at 10:01 am | One comment

You often require a great deal of patience on tour. There can be endless standing around in queues at the airport and hotels especially. Maybe one day I will calculate how many years an orchestral musician will spend queuing at airport security. I always think I have the queue...

Posted in: Eastern Europe May 2014, 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...

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

Archives

#lso110

By | June 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm | 4 comments

Yesterday on 9 June 2014 the LSO celebrated 110 years since its first concert on 9 June 1904, and we marked the occasion with a series of tweets of interesting facts about the LSO dug out of the less explored corners of our archive. We have been thinking a lot about our archives recently, because [...]

LSO Discovery

LSO On Track in Trafalgar Square

By | May 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm | No comments

Discovery Assistant Eamonn McElevey has been working with the LSO for just a few weeks. He writes this report of one of his first projects, LSO On Track at the BMW LSO Open Air Classics in Trafalgar Square. On Sunday 11 May 2014, a packed Trafalgar Square watched and listened as the LSO gave another [...]

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, [...]

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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