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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

Flute finale…

Flute finale…

By | December 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm | 4 comments

My accompanist Ed and I had a run through last week and it was a match made in heaven, his bouncy enthusiasm my err.. bling! We commandeered a dressing room backstage at the Barbican and ran through the pieces twice and declared ourselves ready! Jo Johnson kindly acted as...

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Made in Madrid

Made in Madrid

By | November 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm | No comments

People often ask why I take so many photos on tour, especially of food. I think it started on my first tours when I would be travelling all over the place and eager to show what I was eating to my parents. More than a dozen years later I no longer have to pack a camera to...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Madrid November 2013

And now the end is near…

And now the end is near…

By | November 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm | No comments

It has been a while since I wrote a blog about learning the flute for a charity Gradeone-athon, and when I look back at the optimism of the early ones, I do wish I had used my time more wisely and started practising somewhat sooner. I now have an actual exam date after calling...

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Do you feel lucky??

Do you feel lucky??

By | November 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm | 2 comments

Well it seems only days ago that I was in Austria penning my last tour blog (oh, it was...). Since then we have played three London concerts, (two of them televised for Mezzo and all recorded for LSO Live) and done a day's recording at Abbey Road Studios for Chinese film, "The...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris November 2013

Kipland calling…

Kipland calling…

By | November 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm | No comments

This is one of those "blink and you miss it" tours. You see it coming up in the schedule and the weekend away seems innocuous enough but then you take a closer look... Two nights away performing three concerts passing through Vienna, Brno, St Pölten and Essen... hmm work that...

Posted in: Brno St Pölten Essen November 2013, LSO On Tour

New York … you never know who you might bump into

New York … you never know who you might bump into

By | October 22, 2013 at 9:59 am | One comment

New York City – it's one of those places where you never know who you might bump into. Within two days I've eaten dinner seated a table away from Ali Larter of Heroes fame and bumped into violin soloist Cho-Liang Lin, who kindly consented to having his photo taken with...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2013

Bonn to Baden Baden via Beethoven

Bonn to Baden Baden via Beethoven

By | October 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm | 2 comments

Concertos - as a musician you spend maybe a decade as a student honing your skills as a soloist playing endless concertos. Then reality hits and you spend the next 30-40 years hearing them played properly and familiarising yourself with the tutti parts. This tour we were due to...

Posted in: Germany October 2013, LSO On Tour

Matching your flute with your exam book…

Matching your flute with your exam book…

By | September 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm | 2 comments

After having a summer pretty much free from any flute playing, I realised the autumn season was upon us and the deadline for entering the Associated Board exams only days away.. my mum, who is a piano teacher, pointed out that you cannot actually request dates for exams, only...

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Maxine’s tales from the LSO’s Austrian tour

Maxine’s tales from the LSO’s Austrian tour

By | August 27, 2013 at 11:31 am | 2 comments

After the Aix tour, I thought I had packed away my blogging shoes (sparkly of course) forever, but today I have been persuaded by LSO blogger extraordinaire Gareth, that even though he has already composed a blog for this trip, it might be interesting to see the same trip from a...

Posted in: Austria August 2013, LSO On Tour

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