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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

Fringe Benefits

By | August 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm | No comments

The atmosphere created in a city by a festival is almost indescribable. If you were in London during the Olympics recently, you’ll know that it felt like a very different place indeed, Londoners were polite, cabbies let you pull out of junctions and everyone seemed to have a...

Posted in: Edinburgh International Festival 2012, LSO On Tour

New wine in old bottles

By | August 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm | No comments

“Good morning sir...oh, it’s you! I think I spoke to you yesterday didn’t I?” So says the the thin young man with a wispy post pubescent attempt at a beard and a complicated haircut as he accosts me outside the Udderbelly tent as I make my way to rehearsal. “Er, no...

Posted in: Edinburgh International Festival 2012, LSO On Tour

Karol by Candlelight?

By | August 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm | No comments

Unless you’ve been camping in the wilderness recently, you will have noticed that the LSO has been in the news. I’m sure by now most of you will have seen our contribution to the Olympic Games in London; what an exciting few weeks it has been! This is the tour blog and so...

Posted in: Edinburgh International Festival 2012, LSO On Tour

Higgs, Boson and Walker Ltd

By | July 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm | No comments

Where you've been reading the blog from since February! Writing this last blog from the final tour before the summer holiday, it seems appropriate that rather than sitting in yet another hotel room writing to you, I am speeding on a train through the Surrey Hills. Despite the...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2012, LSO On Tour

Another Hot Night

By | July 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm | No comments

If you’ve ever had the misfortune to spend prolonged periods of your life in the glittering half life of the back stage area of any concert hall around the world then you will be familiar with the scene I am about to describe. The Green Room, which isn’t, is meant to be the...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2012, LSO On Tour

50 Shades of Grey

By | July 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm | No comments

The weeks of punishment that we have endured have been hard to take, and although the fifty shades of grey that we have been experiencing in London have no end in sight, I have to tell you that here in Aix-en-Provence the rain has been beaten into submission. As I write this,...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2012, LSO On Tour

The rite to music

By | May 22, 2012 at 11:10 am | 3 comments

When the ghosts of music past are looking over your shoulder, the steely glare of silence falls upon the orchestra and the conductor makes a minute gesture for you alone begin the concert, this is the moment when the men are sorted from the boys. This time however, I am far from...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Vienna May 2012

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