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Beware the bulls north of the border

Beware the bulls north of the border

By | January 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm | One comment

It’s not yet ten o’clock in the morning but already we’ve discussed Bach’s early development, the concentration of influential composers born around 1685 and somehow, and I’m really not sure how, we have shifted to the subject of whether the temperature controlled LSO...

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

A Gr8 nite in Brno

A Gr8 nite in Brno

By | November 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm | No comments

I can remember the first time I played Les nuits d’été. It was about, oh dear, 27 or so years ago. Like so many young musicians around the country, the bug of playing in an orchestra was started with a local youth group. For me it started with the Surrey Youth Orchestra and...

Posted in: Brno St Pölten Essen November 2013, LSO On Tour

The Show Must Go On – The Movie

The Show Must Go On – The Movie

By | November 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm | 3 comments

Having arrived home last night at about 11.30pm after the concert, I was a little weary. I’d been teaching all day at the Royal College of Music and ended with a descent into Hell courtesy of Mr Berlioz. Given that since I last blogged in New York, the schedule has been...

Posted in: Brno St Pölten Essen November 2013, LSO On Tour

Would the Real Shostakovich Please Stand Up

Would the Real Shostakovich Please Stand Up

By | October 22, 2013 at 5:11 am | 4 comments

The 15th symphony is a strange piece. When you consider that it was written in 1971, there are huge passages that seem unaware of other developments in music, or maybe he just ignored them. When you consider the restrictions that Shostakovich endured during his lifetime in terms...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2013

A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

By | October 21, 2013 at 4:39 am | No comments

The leaves are beginning to turn in Central Park. The colours of Autumn seem to deepen by the hour as they cascade on the Sunday morning crowds before being crushed underfoot. The kids are starting to kick them around, the dogs chase and snap as they swirl in the air, the...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2013

A Welcome Diversion

A Welcome Diversion

By | October 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm | 12 comments

My wife used to be a midwife, a job description which when mentioned at parties usually provokes misty eyed looks, cute smiles and cooing followed by the retelling of countless birthing tales. The reality of the job however is very different from the image which most people...

Posted in: Germany October 2013, LSO On Tour

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

By | August 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm | 2 comments

A couple of things caught my eye this week. An article which has been doing the rounds suggests that performers in competitions, are judged more on the way they look than the way they...

Posted in: Austria August 2013, LSO On Tour

Ambrosia and …er…amnesia

Ambrosia and …er…amnesia

By | May 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm | 8 comments

When I was about 12 years old my mother worked at a Catholic school, and one Easter our whole family was able to go on the trip to Rome. Even as a pre-teenager, the ancient splendour of the city impressed me and I have always wanted to go back. In actual fact, I have been back...

Posted in: Italy May 2013, LSO On Tour

DO NOT WALK OUTSIDE THIS AREA

DO NOT WALK OUTSIDE THIS AREA

By | April 30, 2013 at 11:41 am | No comments

I have a window seat on the flight back from Cologne. I’m a creature of habit and whilst I don’t mind this seat on a short flight, on a long haul I always end up feeling rather trapped and stuck in my place. Looking out at the wing, which is obscuring my view as we descend...

Posted in: Brussels Paris & Cologne Apr 2013, LSO On Tour

A Deep Rex in Paris

A Deep Rex in Paris

By | April 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm | No comments

“Turn the wobble box off gentlemen. You sound positively geriatric.” Sir John Eliot Gardiner, celebrating his 70th birthday is back. This is his way of asking the choir to sing with less vibrato. He may be at an age where most of us would be considering slowing down,...

Posted in: Brussels Paris & Cologne Apr 2013, LSO On Tour

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