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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

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

A Large Dose of Scriabin

A Large Dose of Scriabin

By | April 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm | One comment

It seems like only a couple of weeks since we were last on tour, mainly because, it is. My suitcase is a little smaller than the the one I had for the Far East and India tour, but still has enough shirts for 8 concerts in 7 different cities over the next 8 days. If you read...

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

Beauty in unexpected places

Beauty in unexpected places

By | March 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm | 3 comments

There is beauty in every corner in India. Often it’s in the most unlikely places. The lines of colourful laundry flying like flags on rooftops, the bowls of roadside fruit carved with the skill of the stonemason and the crouching men on the broken pavement sorting out...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Music soothes the Seoul

Music soothes the Seoul

By | March 11, 2014 at 7:24 am | 3 comments

[caption id="attachment_3701" align="alignnone" width="224"] No expense spared at Hong Kong airport check-in[/caption] The mist decided to lift and unveil the spectacular skyline of Hong Kong just as we left for the airport. Having visited a decade ago, the ever changing city...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

I’m more musically sophisticated than you…

I’m more musically sophisticated than you…

By | March 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm | No comments

There are certain types of music which are wedded to particular places. The cold icy blasts of Russia appear in Shostakovitch symphonies, the Malvern Hills seem to resonate to the music of Elgar and when you hear the uneven kick of the Viennese Waltz you think of...er...well,...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Snakes on a Plane

Snakes on a Plane

By | March 4, 2014 at 5:32 pm | One comment

Daniel Harding and Yuja Wang travelled together on the flight over to Beijing. Needless to say, unlike the orchestra, when they board the plane, they turn left. Apparently when you sit in more important class, you not only get extra legroom, not that either of them particularly...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Chinese Symbols

Chinese Symbols

By | March 3, 2014 at 4:10 am | One comment

There’s nothing like watching one of your colleagues eating fried scorpions from a stick in a market to underline the fact that you are a very long way from home. Lorenzo is always the first in line to try something new, and as he crunches his way through the savoury snack, my...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Straight ahead and left, right?

Straight ahead and left, right?

By | January 20, 2014 at 9:21 pm | No comments

After arriving in Paris just over two hours late we were grateful to be staying in the Mercure Hotel right outside. It made the train journey the next morning to Lyon a little easier. All we had to do was listen to Sue Mallet and her instructions. “Straight ahead to the...

Posted in: Geneva Paris & Lyon January 2014, LSO On Tour

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