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

Bonn to Baden Baden via Beethoven

Bonn to Baden Baden via Beethoven

By | October 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm | 2 comments

Concertos - as a musician you spend maybe a decade as a student honing your skills as a soloist playing endless concertos. Then reality hits and you spend the next 30-40 years hearing them played properly and familiarising yourself with the tutti parts. This tour we were due to...

Posted in: Germany October 2013, LSO On Tour

A Welcome Diversion

A Welcome Diversion

By | October 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm | 12 comments

My wife used to be a midwife, a job description which when mentioned at parties usually provokes misty eyed looks, cute smiles and cooing followed by the retelling of countless birthing tales. The reality of the job however is very different from the image which most people...

Posted in: Germany October 2013, LSO On Tour

Maxine’s tales from the LSO’s Austrian tour

Maxine’s tales from the LSO’s Austrian tour

By | August 27, 2013 at 11:31 am | 2 comments

After the Aix tour, I thought I had packed away my blogging shoes (sparkly of course) forever, but today I have been persuaded by LSO blogger extraordinaire Gareth, that even though he has already composed a blog for this trip, it might be interesting to see the same trip from a...

Posted in: Austria August 2013, LSO On Tour

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

By | August 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm | 2 comments

A couple of things caught my eye this week. An article which has been doing the rounds suggests that performers in competitions, are judged more on the way they look than the way they...

Posted in: Austria August 2013, LSO On Tour

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

Notes finales

Notes finales

By | July 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm | No comments

Le rideau tombe sur les dernières représentations de Rigoletto et Don Giovanni. Le concert symphonique que nous avons donné avec Gianandrea Noseda était merveilleux et a été fort bien reçu! Quatre années de résidence estivale dans cette ville magnifique et gorgée de...

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

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