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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

Force 10 from Dalston

Force 10 from Dalston

By | December 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm | 3 comments

There was a distinctly end of term feeling in Munich last night. We may not have been playing any carols but the spirit was there, and it wasn't just the Gluhwein from the snow covered Christmas market. The orchestra, as always, has been working incredibly hard and the break...

Posted in: Germany December 2011, LSO On Tour

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

By | September 28, 2011 at 11:44 am | No comments

A member of the audience has sent me some photographs of the concert at G Live. Before and after. Spot the difference! [caption id="attachment_1235" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Before"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1236" align="aligncenter" width="640"...

Posted in: Guildford September 2011, LSO On Tour

Bad light stops play…eventually

By | September 26, 2011 at 11:53 am | 6 comments

Regular readers of the blog will not be surprised to know that I am writing this having just watched Wales destroy Namibia in the Rugby World Cup. My Welsh father and a childhood involving many trips to Cwmllynfell to see my granny, cast my musical soul in red many years ago....

Posted in: Guildford September 2011, LSO On Tour

Ladies and Gentlemen…please welcome the Chairman of the London Symphony Orchestra

By | September 19, 2011 at 9:27 am | 5 comments

I...

Posted in: Beethovenfest September 2011, LSO On Tour

Holy Moly! Its Bucharest…I think

By | September 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm | 9 comments

It's quite usual for me to arrive in a city, leave the hotel, which is different to the one we stayed on previous trips, and not recognise anything at all. There are times when I begin to doubt myself and think that maybe I'm mixing places up. The one constant is the concert...

Posted in: Enescu Festival September 2011, LSO On Tour

LSO Wind Academy 2011

By | July 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm | One comment

The eagle eyed readers will have noticed that whilst a large proportion of the LSO is in Aix, almost all of those left behind performed...

Posted in: LSO On Tour

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