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Aix Episode 7: Au Revoir but not Goodbye

Aix Episode 7: Au Revoir but not Goodbye

By | July 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm | 5 comments

As we reach the end of our wonderful five weeks here in Aix I must take my large, floppy sunhat off to all those you don't see working behind the scenes but who make our lives here run so smoothly. Miriam and her team in admin organised all the tricky accommodation requests...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 6: LSO v ODP

Aix Episode 6: LSO v ODP

By | July 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm | 4 comments

The beginning of week four saw about twenty pasty people from the orchestra arrive from London for a symphonic concert of Britten and Shostakovitch to be held at the Grand Theatre. It was easy to spot these ghostly apparitions - even though London has been going through a...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Flute or lilo, decisions decisions…

Flute or lilo, decisions decisions…

By | July 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm | No comments

Those who have been reading my official LSO blog from Aix (and if you haven't then shame on you!) will know what the orchestra has been up to this last month in work and play. I did pack my pink flute and Peter Wastall book with good intentions but for two weeks they were...

Posted in: Gradeone-athon

Aix Episode 5: Rain, Rain, come again…

Aix Episode 5: Rain, Rain, come again…

By | July 15, 2013 at 10:23 am | 3 comments

We often wonder what contingency plans there are in place for rain during Festival time since the Archeveche theatre is open to the elements. They give out blankets to the audience when it's cold (also if you need a snooze) and sell cushions for those who frequent "bums, tums...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 4: Flying Ants – The Return

Aix Episode 4: Flying Ants – The Return

By | July 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm | 3 comments

It can't be an easy task changing the sets night after night from Don Giovanni's wooden-panelled living room resembling a gentlemen's club (and I don't mean "Spearmint Rhino") to the flamboyant circus-top housing Rigoletto's world. The wardrobes of the two productions are also...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 3: Birds, brassieres and BBQs

Aix Episode 3: Birds, brassieres and BBQs

By | July 4, 2013 at 11:46 am | One comment

The dress rehearsals were, as expected, not free from hitches. In both operas we lost all stand lights and gamely carried on, even though it was pitch black for some. Interestingly the conductors dealt with the situation very differently. Mark Minkowski frantically turned round...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 2: Going Down T’Pit

Aix Episode 2: Going Down T’Pit

By | June 28, 2013 at 8:39 am | One comment

Amazingly, I remembered the twisting journey down to the bowels of the Archeveche as if the operas of two years ago were only yesterday. There's not enough room to swing a cat (preferably the scary wild one that ran through the pit last time during the death scene in Traviata)...

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Aix Episode 1: Migrating South

Aix Episode 1: Migrating South

By | June 23, 2013 at 9:17 am | 2 comments

In the absence of newly-published author and Principal Flute, Gareth Davies here in Aix-en-Provence, I shall be stepping out of my stilettos and into his shoes, if I may, to write a few blog posts during our time here. Apologies as I have neither the writing style, skill or wit...

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Calling in the professionals

Calling in the professionals

By | June 8, 2013 at 10:41 am | No comments

Took my flute to rehearsal today to great amusement. Actually showed it to Michael Tilson Thomas who commented that it definitely wasn’t bling enough for me, so I think a few crystals will HAVE to be added since the Maestro has given the approval! I got a few tips from...

Posted in: Gradeone-athon

More than mediocre!

More than mediocre!

By | June 3, 2013 at 10:38 am | No comments

Twitter is a useful tool isn’t it? I tweeted that I wondered why I was getting notes out an octave higher on my flute. One violinist responded that I was overblowing, sounds about right since I am full of hot air! Another tweeter shouted, “IT’S CALLED A VIOLIN!” Thanks...

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