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Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue

By | May 24, 2014 at 10:01 am | One comment

You often require a great deal of patience on tour. There can be endless standing around in queues at the airport and hotels especially. Maybe one day I will calculate how many years an orchestral musician will spend queuing at airport security. I always think I have the queue...

Posted in: Eastern Europe May 2014, LSO On Tour

Life’s little luxuries

Life’s little luxuries

By | April 7, 2014 at 10:16 am | One comment

We're currently in Paris and I think the orchestra breathed a sigh of relief at the thought of two nights in the same hotel, whoopie! We are ensconced in the Mercure hotel opposite Gare du Nord, which in my time in the LSO has thankfully undergone a transformation from chintzy...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Music in Colour April 2014

Hotel essentials

Hotel essentials

By | April 4, 2014 at 11:03 am | No comments

We are only touring in Europe but strangely I feel jet lagged, much more so than I ever felt on last month's Far East tour. We have been bombarded with millions of new notes courtesy of Scriabin's five symphonies which were new to pretty much all of us. We have (deep breath...)...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Music in Colour April 2014

India – incredible indiarghhhhhh

India – incredible indiarghhhhhh

By | March 16, 2014 at 11:30 am | 2 comments

The last concert in Seoul saw us enjoy music-making with pianist Sunwook Kim and a few commented on how much more they enjoyed Korea from the first times we visited. I think in those days Seoul seemed vastly unapproachable and we probably all expected to see pets smothered in...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Bridging the communication gap

Bridging the communication gap

By | March 12, 2014 at 11:17 am | No comments

Miscommunications are common when you are on tour so far from home. We have been in parts of the world where English is not widely spoken on a day-to-day basis. In China and Taiwan I was often spoken to in Mandarin to blank apologetic stares from me and then when I said, "Sorry,...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

It’s amazing what people get up to on tour…

It’s amazing what people get up to on tour…

By | March 8, 2014 at 9:00 am | One comment

(Got you reading didn't I?) For my gang it's usually an obsessive need to find particular eats (for me, shops). We're not back in New York until 2015 and Sylvain has mentioned a certain Brazilian churrascaria at least three times already on this tour, and I'm worrying my...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

The big weigh in

The big weigh in

By | March 6, 2014 at 9:42 am | No comments

One big aspect of touring is knowing what to pack. Not such a problem when you are considering your wardrobe for five concerts around Germany say, but for three weeks taking in the cold temperatures of China, a muggy Hong Kong to scorching India in the same trip, things start to...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Hello me old China

Hello me old China

By | March 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm | 2 comments

We had been warned in the days before this tour that the smog in Beijing was at epic proportions and there were hurried emails from the LSO admin advising the players to equip themselves with masks, and not just any masks... I spent a good half an hour researching the matter,...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Keeping between the lines…

Keeping between the lines…

By | January 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm | 2 comments

Happy new year! We are on the first LSO tour of 2014 and already Gareth has brought the curse of South Eastern trains with him. After a packed house last night in Geneva's gloriously ornate Victoria Hall we stumbled from our hotel to the station in order to catch the direct...

Posted in: Geneva Paris & Lyon January 2014, LSO On Tour

And the results of the ABRSM jury are…

And the results of the ABRSM jury are…

By | December 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm | One comment

What a tense two weeks! Daily, musicians were posting their results on the Gradeone-athon Facebook page for all to see and remark upon. Some people did amazingly, some only passed and I started to realise that the Kwok family honour might suffer a terrible blow. My parents had...

Posted in: Gradeone-athon

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