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From My Seat

From My Seat

By | October 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm | 11 comments

At the moment, I am sitting in your seat. That is to say that I am watching the rehearsal of the Brahms Violin Concerto seated in the stalls of Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. I don’t often get to watch my own orchestra, in fact, I don’t often get to watch any orchestra...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2012

Time to go home

Time to go home

By | October 25, 2012 at 11:20 am | One comment

Apologies for the lack of blogging on this centenary trip (there is a lot of material coming your way soon...). We are on our way to the airport as I type and glad to be coming home. I have to confess that this week, I have written and rewritten this blog four times and...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2012

LSO Centenary Visit to New York City

LSO Centenary Visit to New York City

By | October 21, 2012 at 1:10 am | 2 comments

So, the traffic into New York City is terrible this evening. However as I have my laptop and the clever American bus has Wifi, I thought I'd let you know about an article in the New York Times. Some of you may remember the twitter account we had using diaries from the 1912 tour...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2012

The Age of Priority

The Age of Priority

By | October 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | No comments

The concert last night was in Frankfurt. Because of the Book Fair there, the publishers and book sellers of the world were using every available hotel room and so at the end of our four hour bus trip from Luxembourg, we found ourselves in a brand new hotel in Darmstadt. You...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Luxembourg October 2012

Brahms 1 – Szymanowski 2

Brahms 1 – Szymanowski 2

By | October 9, 2012 at 11:29 am | No comments

Pairing up the four symphonies of Szymanowski and Brahms has provoked some discussion within the band and the press. Why put these two composers together? Does the performance of the two composers bring anything to the other, is there some illumination provided by hearing the...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Luxembourg October 2012

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Composer

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Composer

By | October 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm | No comments

“Is there a park nearby?” I enquire in faultless French. “I want to go running.” “Yes of course, sir.” The man on the desk spins around and produces a map which he marks a series of lines, circles and arrows on. I study the map because that is what one does when...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Luxembourg October 2012

And now…the end is near..

And now…the end is near..

By | September 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm | No comments

Finally, after almost two weeks away, we are back home. In fact, it’s longer than two weeks because this trip came straight on the back of Edinburgh and Lucerne/Salzburg. A grand total of 20 concerts in 26 days. Upstairs at LSO Towers, eJo has marked all the places we’ve...

Posted in: European Festivals Tour September 2012, LSO On Tour

The line of beauty

The line of beauty

By | September 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | No comments

This is a very hard trip indeed. Somebody told me that we have done 20 concerts in 26 days in many different countries since we came back for the closing ceremony of the Olympics. I would like some clean clothes, I would like to sleep in the same bed for more than two nights and...

Posted in: European Festivals Tour September 2012, LSO On Tour

Back Desk Solos

Back Desk Solos

By | September 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm | No comments

Leaving the lovers of Verona and arriving in Berlin only one hour later is a shock. The ancient stones of Italy and the marble walls of the amphitheatre seem a long way away as we arrive at the hotel which was once in East Berlin. If Verona lays claim to the human tragedy of...

Posted in: European Festivals Tour September 2012, LSO On Tour

Star Crossed Shoe Boxes

Star Crossed Shoe Boxes

By | September 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm | No comments

Back in the real world, it’s back to school for my kids and thousands of others as the long, languorous days of the summer holiday fade away. The collective tension of thousands of shoe shop workers around the country increases to unbearable limits as a stream of parents and...

Posted in: European Festivals Tour September 2012, LSO On Tour

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