LSO On Tour

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings…

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings…

By | May 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm | No comments

We all know how the old saying goes, especially the opera critics. I should look up its origins, but the internet on this tour is shaky and patchy enough for me to not bother trying. In any case, on this five-concert tour it’s irrelevant; there are no singers of any body...

Posted in: Eastern Europe May 2014, LSO On Tour

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

Early at Orly

Early at Orly

By | April 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm | One comment

Our arrival in Paris was heralded with the low roar of one hundred wheeled suitcases being dragged from the Gare de L’est to the Hotel du Nord. Parisians enjoying a cup of coffee and a cigarette on one of the swarm of pavement cafes around this area looked up as it sounded as...

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

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

One Kiss or Two?

One Kiss or Two?

By | April 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm | 4 comments

Do you leave a tip, or will the waiter come running after you insisting you take your change, as happens in Japan? Or will they come running after you, complaining that you haven’t left enough tip, as happens in New York? Do you take your shoes off to go in the restaurant, or...

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

A Large Dose of Scriabin

A Large Dose of Scriabin

By | April 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm | One comment

It seems like only a couple of weeks since we were last on tour, mainly because, it is. My suitcase is a little smaller than the the one I had for the Far East and India tour, but still has enough shirts for 8 concerts in 7 different cities over the next 8 days. If you read...

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

Beauty in unexpected places

Beauty in unexpected places

By | March 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm | 3 comments

There is beauty in every corner in India. Often it’s in the most unlikely places. The lines of colourful laundry flying like flags on rooftops, the bowls of roadside fruit carved with the skill of the stonemason and the crouching men on the broken pavement sorting out...

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

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