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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

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

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