LSO On Tour

Keeping between the lines…

Keeping between the lines…

By | January 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm | 2 comments

Happy new year! We are on the first LSO tour of 2014 and already Gareth has brought the curse of South Eastern trains with him. After a packed house last night in Geneva's gloriously ornate Victoria Hall we stumbled from our hotel to the station in order to catch the direct...

Posted in: Geneva Paris & Lyon January 2014, LSO On Tour

Beware the bulls north of the border

Beware the bulls north of the border

By | January 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm | One comment

It’s not yet ten o’clock in the morning but already we’ve discussed Bach’s early development, the concentration of influential composers born around 1685 and somehow, and I’m really not sure how, we have shifted to the subject of whether the temperature controlled LSO...

Posted in: Geneva Paris & Lyon January 2014, LSO On Tour

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

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

A Gr8 nite in Brno

A Gr8 nite in Brno

By | November 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm | No comments

I can remember the first time I played Les nuits d’été. It was about, oh dear, 27 or so years ago. Like so many young musicians around the country, the bug of playing in an orchestra was started with a local youth group. For me it started with the Surrey Youth Orchestra and...

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

The Show Must Go On – The Movie

The Show Must Go On – The Movie

By | November 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm | 3 comments

Having arrived home last night at about 11.30pm after the concert, I was a little weary. I’d been teaching all day at the Royal College of Music and ended with a descent into Hell courtesy of Mr Berlioz. Given that since I last blogged in New York, the schedule has been...

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

Would the Real Shostakovich Please Stand Up

Would the Real Shostakovich Please Stand Up

By | October 22, 2013 at 5:11 am | 4 comments

The 15th symphony is a strange piece. When you consider that it was written in 1971, there are huge passages that seem unaware of other developments in music, or maybe he just ignored them. When you consider the restrictions that Shostakovich endured during his lifetime in terms...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2013

A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

By | October 21, 2013 at 4:39 am | No comments

The leaves are beginning to turn in Central Park. The colours of Autumn seem to deepen by the hour as they cascade on the Sunday morning crowds before being crushed underfoot. The kids are starting to kick them around, the dogs chase and snap as they swirl in the air, the...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2013

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