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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...

Posted in: LSO On Tour

The LSO in World War I: The Sad Tale of Adolph Borsdorf

The LSO in World War I: The Sad Tale of Adolph Borsdorf

By | October 31, 2014 at 9:29 am | 3 comments

So far on this historical journey, there have been stories of men from within the ranks of the London Symphony Orchestra who went to fight, some of whom were never to return. One story that we have uncovered however, is tragic, but in a completely different way. Jo, Libby and I...

Posted in: Archives

The LSO in WorldWar I: Eli Hudson (1877–1919) Flautist

The LSO in WorldWar I: Eli Hudson (1877–1919) Flautist

By | October 30, 2014 at 5:13 pm | One comment

If he were alive today, there is no doubt that the flautist Elijah Rennison Hudson would be referred to as a child prodigy. From a musical family, he played in the Hudson family band on the pier in Skegness. They were a well-known act at the time and Eli was presented to the...

Posted in: Archives

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

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

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

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

One Kiss or Two?

One Kiss or Two?

By | April 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm | 4 comments

Do you leave a tip, or will the waiter come running after you insisting you take your change, as happens in Japan? Or will they come running after you, complaining that you haven’t left enough tip, as happens in New York? Do you take your shoes off to go in the restaurant, or...

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

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