LSO On Tour

Thursday? Must be Brussels then-and its my birthday!

By | October 12, 2008 at 6:27 pm | 4 comments

Many thanks to all the Welsh readers of the blog who spotted my deliberate mistake last week-glad to see you are all paying attention in cyberspace. I feel fortunate that you point out my typographical errors rather than any wrong notes which may or may not come out of my...

Posted in: Brussels/Rotterdam October 2008, LSO On Tour

Croeso i Gymru !

By | October 8, 2008 at 11:59 am | No comments

When we were kids, travelling along the M4 in the back of the Triumph 2000, my brother and I would always crane our necks so that we could say we were the first one to see the Severn Bridge. Shortly after crossing, I always used to feel a tingle of excitement as we passed the...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Swansea October 2008

A Hot and Steamy Sicilian Night

By | July 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm | 2 comments

If you are reading this in England, you might want to go and check your email for a moment and come back in five minutes. We left a very wet Stansted Airport at 9am this morning, and landed 3 hours later at Palermo airport. If you are enjoying the English summer of rain, I...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Sicily/Italy July 2008

Oh Cologne!

By | June 27, 2008 at 9:15 am | No comments

The hall in Cologne has a lovely acoustic but also the steepest stairs I think I've ever seen. That bit of time at the start of a concert before the oboe sounds the A, you know, the bit where you stare at us waiting to start and we stare back at you. It often reminds me of those...

Posted in: Dusseldorf/Cologne June 2008, LSO On Tour

Dusseldorf, Cologne and Chocolate

By | June 24, 2008 at 3:58 pm | No comments

Since we last spoke, the LSO has been busy with Gergiev doing Mahler, Strauss and Mozart with Haitink, and Mozart and Brahms with Previn. It has been non stop, with a whistlestop trip to Paris that was so brief, I didn't have time to tell you about it. We now have 3 weeks left...

Posted in: Dusseldorf/Cologne June 2008, LSO On Tour

Home Again

By | May 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm | 3 comments

I suppose that this technically isn't a tour blog, as I'm actually writing this sitting in my kitchen. We returned to Stansted airport this morning, mercifully before the end of half term rush. I also feel a little guilty, as a large proportion of the orchestra had a few hours...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Spain May 2008

The Rain in Spain

By | May 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm | No comments

In case any of you were feeling a little envious about our globe trotting exploits, especially now the figures about commuting have been shown to be false, I am happy to tell you that it is raining cats and dogs, and bulls, probably. Bulls, in case you were wondering, because we...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Spain May 2008

Brussels with Pierre Boulez, 6 & 7 May 2008

By | May 9, 2008 at 2:59 pm | No comments

With all the flying visits the LSO makes, often playing in a different city every night, it was somewhat of a relief for the players to be performing two concerts in the same venue on consecutive nights! This was however slightly tempered with the knowledge that the repertoire...

Posted in: Brussels May 2008, LSO On Tour

Next tour blog – New York and Chicago, October 2007

By | August 30, 2007 at 11:15 am | No comments

Coming soon... Look out for the next blog, written by Principal Flautist Gareth Davies, in October 2007. The LSO will be arriving in New York on 15 October, playing three concerts at the Lincoln Center with Sir Colin Davis, and then moving on to Chicago on 22 October for one...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York/Chicago October 2007

BYE BYE DAYTONA BEACH!!!!!!!!

By | July 29, 2007 at 7:40 pm | 3 comments

So I'm in the lobby of the hotel waiting for the coach to the airport! We've all had a fantastic trip here and really hope it all works out to return in 2009!!!! The staff and volunteers of the Florida International Festival have been looking after us and everything has...

Posted in: Daytona Beach International Festival July 2007, LSO On Tour

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