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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

Life is like a box of chocolates

By | May 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm | 3 comments

Brussels. The centre of European bureaucracy and, if you read the right newspapers, the enemy of our proud British traditions. Leaving the Euro debate alone for the moment, Brussels has been accused at various points in the last decade of trying to force UHT milk on us, dilute...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Brussels May 2012

The Ecstasy of Wifi

By | May 2, 2012 at 10:13 am | No comments

If an alien life form were to land unannounced backstage at a concert in 2012, they would make some basic assumptions about human behaviour which I once would have thought unfounded. Now I'm not so sure. One of the many changes I have seen in my time on the world touring...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Brussels May 2012

It’s the tour blog 100 years late…

It’s the tour blog 100 years late…

By | March 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm | 5 comments

Hi Blogfans Just in case you hadn't seen it, today is the day exactly 100 years ago that the LSO left Euston station and went to America. They avoided going on the Titanic because of a change in schedule and spent weeks touring America and Canada. We were sent a diary which was...

Posted in: LSO On Tour

Use the Force Valery

By | March 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm | 2 comments

I remember walking down the Nanjing Road in Shanghai a couple of years ago and being offered goods aplenty. This week however it seems worse than ever. As I get further down the road, I can always see people suddenly step out from beside the shops and walk alongside me asking me...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, South Korea & China February & March 2012

The Gesticulating Tourist

The Gesticulating Tourist

By | March 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm | 3 comments

Walking around Beijing, I find it hard to tell whether my lips are numb because of the cold, snow-laden wind blowing in my face, or the Szechuan peppers which were liberally sprinkled on my lunch. If you've never had them before, their effect on your mouth is an exciting...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, South Korea & China February & March 2012

I’m a Seoul Man…

By | February 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm | 2 comments

The cultural differences between nations are never more pronounced that when in transit. The British, being a nation of enthusiastic queuers, are left apoplectic with rage when confronted with a country full of people who do not understand this basic concept. I am told that...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, South Korea & China February & March 2012

Juan more concert

By | January 31, 2012 at 9:21 pm | No comments

From the comfort of the train speeding through the Spanish countryside, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is summer. The sun is high and the deep blue stretches far into the distance, the only clouds visible on the horizon look like chalk cliffs. But the thermometer...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Spain January 2012

Brotherly Love

By | January 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm | No comments

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="75" caption="Kurt Weill"] I could find no glamour in running for a train at 5.45am and catching it by the skin of my teeth, arriving at Stansted at 7.30am, landing in Madrid and going straight to the hall to rehearse in the knowledge...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Spain January 2012

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