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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

The Exile

The Exile

By | September 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm | No comments

Although in name we are the London Symphony Orchestra, there are in fact very few members who are from London itself. The great metropolis has always been just down the road from my home town of Guildford, but a quick glance down the list in our programme will see some decidedly...

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

Some in tents music making

By | September 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | No comments

Do you remember those I-Spy books from the 1970s? Maybe they still make them, I’m not sure, but I had a small collection for the long car journeys to visit my gran in South Wales. For those of you who had a deprived childhood, they were pocket sized books based on a theme,...

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

The Sound of Magic

By | August 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm | No comments

Cinderella finally danced with her Prince, he found her again, the glass slipper fitted and they all lived happily ever after, once they had completed Prokofiev’s numerous waltzes. As we all left the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday night, she in a vegetable-based carriage, me...

Posted in: Cinderella Tour 2012, LSO On Tour

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