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Kuala Lumpur and Home

By | May 3, 2007 at 7:35 am | 3 comments

It's day three in Kuala Lumpur, courtesy of UBS sponsorship, and we're all about ready to come home now, in spite of the fact that here is just so nice. Very hot and humid, and terrific food to be had, whether it's at the street vendors on Bukit Bintang or the many Malaysian and...

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Taiwan and Towers

By | May 1, 2007 at 10:19 am | 4 comments

The concert in Taipei, which is sponsored by UBS, takes place in an enormous hall with a pagoda style roof, and in front of not only the audience seated inside, but a few thousand others watching a simultaneous relay to the screens outside. And if you ever wondered the extent to...

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Farewell China

By | April 28, 2007 at 12:55 pm | 2 comments

Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei Just North of Hong Kong, and a handy stop over for the LSO's next concert of the tour, Guangzhou is a bustling, steamy city, with much in the way of colonial architecture, and huge shopping centres. We go for Italian food, in a nearby restaurant...

Posted in: Far East April & May 2007, LSO On Tour

Masterclasses

By | April 26, 2007 at 10:59 am | One comment

During the Orchestra's stay in Beijing it took part in a conducting masterclass with students from the Central Conservatory of Music, led by Daniel Harding. Three students conducted the Orchestra in Dvorak's Ninth Symphony. The masterclass was filmed by China Central...

Posted in: Far East April & May 2007, LSO On Tour

Tianjin and Shanghai

By | April 26, 2007 at 3:09 am | No comments

Tianjin Our last concert in the region is an excursion from Beijing to Tianjin. This involves a coach journey, with a very sweet girl from Tianjin, who tells us a bit about the city, and is incredibly nervous at being in the presence of such well renowned artists! (That's what...

Posted in: Far East April & May 2007, LSO On Tour

Beijing

By | April 23, 2007 at 7:05 am | No comments

The LSO is welcomed to Beijing, and the next leg of its Far East tour, in the form of a fantastic banquet at the China Club, generously hosted by David Tang. The whole orchestra along with our sponsors in China, Rolls-Royce, turn out looking very smart, after a bit of R&R...

Posted in: Far East April & May 2007, LSO On Tour

Normal service

By | April 22, 2007 at 12:41 am | No comments

Sorry for the gap in blog entries everyone! Tom has emailed me from Beijing to say that he's having trouble logging in from there so hasn't been able to post since they were in Japan! Hopefully he'll be back online soon and can update us on the Chinese leg of the tour. Jo...

Posted in: Far East April & May 2007, LSO On Tour

Japan Concerts, 16-17 April

By | April 17, 2007 at 2:51 pm | No comments

The concert halls in Tokyo are spectacular. Not least of these is the Tokyo Opera City, where we are playing two concerts thanks to the generous support of UBS. The first thing that strikes you when you walk on stage is the sense of space. Only when you look out into the hall do...

Posted in: Far East April & May 2007, LSO On Tour

Free Day in Hakone, Sunday

By | April 16, 2007 at 8:23 am | 2 comments

It's nice to get up and do something on a free day, but always a bit of a dilemma, as free days are often great opportunities for sheer laziness, and lie-ins. But jet-lag is a good thing sometimes, as it solves this dilemma by jolting you wide awake in the middle of the...

Posted in: Far East April & May 2007, LSO On Tour

Arrivals

By | April 14, 2007 at 12:49 pm | No comments

Hello and welcome to the LSO tour of the Far East 2007! We've just arrived safely, after a somewhat extended 13 hour flight, and it's a beautiful warm evening here. The journey into Tokyo from the airport is lush and green at first, but stark in contrast on entering the ...

Posted in: Far East April & May 2007, LSO On Tour

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