About the bloggers

The LSO Blog is written by LSO Players, admin staff and freelance writers. Here’s a little bit about who they are:

Gareth Davies

Gareth is the LSO’s Principal Flute. As well as performing, he is a keen participant in the Discovery programme and also regularly interviews conductors and soloists for the LSO online and before concerts. As well as writing the blog, he has written articles for the press and Classic FM Magazine and BBC Music magazine. He has recently written his first book, The Show Must Go On, which was published in May 2013 and is available from Amazon.

Maxine Kwok-Adams

Maxine plays First Violin in the LSO. A member for over ten years, Maxine took part in LSO Discovery’s String Experience Scheme as a student at the Royal Academy of Music before joining the Orchestra full-time in 2001. She is now a mentor for students on the scheme. As well as writing this blog Maxine is dedicated to sharing her experiences of life as a professional musician through the LSO channel on YouTube and in Google Hangouts, and, as she puts it, is never knowingly underdressed – if your eye is caught by something sparkling on stage it almost certainly emanates from one of Maxine’s bling outfits!

David Jackson

David is one of the LSO’s percussionists, and has been a member of the Orchestra since 1993. After studying at the Royal College of Music, David was a winner of the Shell LSO Music Scholarship. https://twitter.com/dpjackson1




Tom Norris

Tom NorrisTom is the LSO’s Co-Principal Second Violin. He has played with the LSO for ten years now, having studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which is also located at the Barbican, so he didn’t have to go far….

In fact, after leaving college, before joining the LSO, Tom took a job in Canada as Principal Second with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, where he spent two and a half chilly years cutting his teeth on orchestral repertoire. Also a songwriter, Tom is recently released his first solo album.

Sarah Quinn
Sarah QuinnSarah is the LSO’s Sub-Principal Second Violin. As a student at the Royal College of Music she auditioned for a place on the LSO’s String Experience Scheme, joining the LSO in 1998.


Tom Goodman

Tom has been a member of the Double Bass section for nearly 10 years. He very much enjoys his work with children and adults with learning difficulties. Outside the LSO Tom likes to work on different projects for variety, such as an Irish Folk music group and adults with dementia. He also regularly coaches at the Royal Academy of Music.

Ginette Decuyper

Ginette plays First Violin and is our resident blogger in French.

Jo Johnson

Jo is the LSO’s Digital Marketing Manager, looking after the blog, website and social media.

Toby Deller

Hi, I’m a freelance viola player; I also write about music and musicians. Mostly this is for Classical Music magazine but elsewhere too: I’ve had work published in the Guardian, The Strad, Music Teacher and Early Music Today among others.

As a viola player, I’m used to watching conductors. Well, once a year at least! I play in the Dartington Festival Orchestra, the house band of the famous international summer school, which puts student conductors through their paces on the advanced conducting course there. So I reckon I have a pretty good nose for when a conductor is doing getting it right or doing it wrong

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