LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 4: Flying Ants – The Return

Aix Episode 4: Flying Ants – The Return

By | July 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm | 3 comments

It can't be an easy task changing the sets night after night from Don Giovanni's wooden-panelled living room resembling a gentlemen's club (and I don't mean "Spearmint Rhino") to the flamboyant circus-top housing Rigoletto's world. The wardrobes of the two productions are also...

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Notes estivales

Notes estivales

By | July 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm | No comments

Un séjour de cinq semaines dans une même ville est une chose extrêmement rare dans la vie des musiciens du London Symphony Orchestra. Même rester à Londres pour ce laps de temps, avec toutes nos tournées, est une gageure...Oh,bien sûr,il est fréquent de rester deux ou...

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Aix Episode 3: Birds, brassieres and BBQs

Aix Episode 3: Birds, brassieres and BBQs

By | July 4, 2013 at 11:46 am | One comment

The dress rehearsals were, as expected, not free from hitches. In both operas we lost all stand lights and gamely carried on, even though it was pitch black for some. Interestingly the conductors dealt with the situation very differently. Mark Minkowski frantically turned round...

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Notes Mozartiennes

Notes Mozartiennes

By | June 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm | No comments

Bonjour à tous nos amis du LSO! Cette année, avec Rigoletto, le Festival a choisi de présenter Don Giovanni de Mozart. Un grand bonheur pour l'Orchestre Symphonique de Londres, d'interprêter deux grands opéras, tous deux explorant le thème du grand séducteur: l'un...

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Aix Episode 2: Going Down T’Pit

Aix Episode 2: Going Down T’Pit

By | June 28, 2013 at 8:39 am | One comment

Amazingly, I remembered the twisting journey down to the bowels of the Archeveche as if the operas of two years ago were only yesterday. There's not enough room to swing a cat (preferably the scary wild one that ran through the pit last time during the death scene in Traviata)...

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Bonjour, chers amis français et francophiles!

Bonjour, chers amis français et francophiles!

By | June 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm | No comments

Bonjour, chers amis français et francophiles! Nous revoici à Aix-en-Provence, ville de beauté et d'émotion ... Cette année avant notre départ, aux répétitions londoniennes, une atmosphère fiévreuse règnait déjà! Il faut dire que notre participation au Festival,...

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Aix Episode 1: Migrating South

Aix Episode 1: Migrating South

By | June 23, 2013 at 9:17 am | 2 comments

In the absence of newly-published author and Principal Flute, Gareth Davies here in Aix-en-Provence, I shall be stepping out of my stilettos and into his shoes, if I may, to write a few blog posts during our time here. Apologies as I have neither the writing style, skill or wit...

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You Must Go … to The Show Must Go On launch

You Must Go … to The Show Must Go On launch

By | May 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm | 3 comments

Regular readers of this blog will know that for some time Gareth Davies, our Principal Flute and blog author, has been working on a book based on his musings on this blog. We're delighted to be able to tell you that the result, The Show Must Go On: on tour with the LSO in...

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Ambrosia and …er…amnesia

Ambrosia and …er…amnesia

By | May 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm | 8 comments

When I was about 12 years old my mother worked at a Catholic school, and one Easter our whole family was able to go on the trip to Rome. Even as a pre-teenager, the ancient splendour of the city impressed me and I have always wanted to go back. In actual fact, I have been back...

Posted in: Italy May 2013, LSO On Tour

DO NOT WALK OUTSIDE THIS AREA

DO NOT WALK OUTSIDE THIS AREA

By | April 30, 2013 at 11:41 am | No comments

I have a window seat on the flight back from Cologne. I’m a creature of habit and whilst I don’t mind this seat on a short flight, on a long haul I always end up feeling rather trapped and stuck in my place. Looking out at the wing, which is obscuring my view as we descend...

Posted in: Brussels Paris & Cologne Apr 2013, LSO On Tour

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