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The Mahler Question

By | August 22, 2010 at 11:16 am | 6 comments

After a relaxing break for a couple of weeks in the summer it would be nice to gradually ease myself back into work with something low pressure and easy. Of course in the music business this simply doesn't happen and so this week we were thrown straight back into the whirlwind...

Posted in: LSO On Tour

My oh my Mumbai!

By | April 11, 2010 at 9:39 am | 11 comments

As the seatbelt light came on and people gradually returned to their seats for the final descent into Mumbai, I have to admit to feeling a little nervous. After the incredibly ordered calm of UAE, I knew Mumbai was going to be almost exactly the opposite, but no matter how many...

Posted in: Abu Dhabi & Mumbai April 2010, LSO On Tour

Pre Concert Talks…er…reviews?

By | April 8, 2010 at 8:23 am | 3 comments

The first concert with Kristjan...

Posted in: Abu Dhabi & Mumbai April 2010, LSO On Tour

A team united.

By | April 7, 2010 at 5:50 am | 4 comments

It's been a while, but we are once again on the road. The road on this occasion is supposedly one of the most dangerous in the world and goes through the desert from the airport in Dubai to Abu Dhabi where we are performing this week. There aren't many places we go that create a...

Posted in: Abu Dhabi & Mumbai April 2010, LSO On Tour

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?….Oh…it’s a bird….

By | February 18, 2010 at 1:27 am | 5 comments

Group A leaving at 5.30am after the concert or group B leaving at 10.25 am. Which would you choose? B. Well done, that is the correct answer, after all, leaving Poland at that ungodly hour would render me incapable of being sprightly dad at half term. So Group B it is, a...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Vienna/Warsaw February 2010

Chopin and Schubert

By | February 18, 2010 at 12:39 am | No comments

I am currently sitting in Warsaw Frederic Chopin International airport, which is closed because air traffic control is down. I wish they would pull themselves together and think happy thoughts as I'm feeling a little down myself now. I want to go home. We made our debut in...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Vienna/Warsaw February 2010

It’s not about the music

By | November 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm | 20 comments

Last night we were in Cologne, one of my favourite German cities, with its beautiful cathedral and fabulous concert hall where we get free beer after the performance - I think I've told you about that before. We played the Widmann violin concerto with Christian Tetzlaff - a...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Milan/Cologne November 2009

Cutting the mustard in Dijon

By | September 27, 2009 at 11:01 pm | 3 comments

I don't know what the French for joie de vivre is, but I left mine somewhere on the Barbican stage on Thursday night after Daphnis and Chloe. Well, really it was after a week which began 2 weeks earlier which had 2 performances of Daphnis, La Mer and a couple of concerti as...

Posted in: Dijon/Paris September 2009, LSO On Tour

Higher! Faster! Lauda!

By | August 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm | 7 comments

I may have imagined it, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I slept in my own bed yesterday, or was it the day before? After the Prom where socks were blown off and Christine Pendrill astonished us all with her fabulous cor anglais playing, we all had a short time to turn...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Summer festivals 2009

Here we go again

By | August 22, 2009 at 6:40 am | 6 comments

Two weeks into my holiday, I decided that I could no longer ignore the pile of paperwork and accounts on my desk. It is difficult to relax with a bulging in tray sneering at you, so I woke up one morning and decided to tackle the mountain. It was of course the hottest day of...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Summer festivals 2009

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