LSO On Tour

A Deep Rex in Paris

A Deep Rex in Paris

By | April 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm | No comments

“Turn the wobble box off gentlemen. You sound positively geriatric.” Sir John Eliot Gardiner, celebrating his 70th birthday is back. This is his way of asking the choir to sing with less vibrato. He may be at an age where most of us would be considering slowing down,...

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

The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same

By | March 9, 2013 at 4:11 am | 2 comments

In Japan, things aren’t always exactly what they seem. The cake at the bakery which reveals its secret red bean paste filling, the colourful appetisers with the unfamiliar texture or the chicken teriyaki which turns out to be a more adventurous part of the chicken’s anatomy....

Posted in: Korea & Japan Feb & Mar 2013, LSO On Tour

The Little Things

The Little Things

By | March 6, 2013 at 5:24 am | 4 comments

It’s always the little things on tour that make the difference. The comfortable bed, the unexpected phone call from the family, the free wifi in the hotel, the bus leaving half an hour later in the morning. The list is endless. As we approached the end of the first week away...

Posted in: Korea & Japan Feb & Mar 2013, LSO On Tour

Die Traumdeutung

Die Traumdeutung

By | March 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm | 6 comments

It takes a while until I am absolutely sure. The volume is low and the aeroplane engines are beginning their pre flight whine; momentarily the rising pitch of the engine and music randomly coincide in Cagian cacophony. Rather than sitting en masse, the orchestra has been...

Posted in: Korea & Japan Feb & Mar 2013, LSO On Tour

A Portrait of an Artist

A Portrait of an Artist

By | March 1, 2013 at 4:46 am | 8 comments

Somehow, it’s nearly Friday. Already. It was only Tuesday yesterday when I left home, but now it’s nearly Friday. And I’m in Seoul in Korea. Of course, it’s impossible to have been Tuesday yesterday as it’s nearly Friday because despite the good people of LSO Towers'...

Posted in: Korea & Japan Feb & Mar 2013, LSO On Tour

We wish you a Szymanowski

We wish you a Szymanowski

By | December 17, 2012 at 10:42 am | 6 comments

As it’s nearly Christmas, you’ll forgive me if I jettison my normal dry academic precision for a little bit of end of term amusement. I am pleased to report that the LSC were staying in a different hotel from the orchestra in a another part of Paris which rendered my...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Luxembourg/Paris December 2012

The Beast from the East

The Beast from the East

By | December 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm | 2 comments

The Beast from the East has arrived from Russia and brought with it a chill wind blowing through LSO towers, although after the initial drop in temperature, it has now settled into a distinctly unseasonal, damp, grey blanket. The day before we were due to fly out to Luxembourg,...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Luxembourg/Paris December 2012

From My Seat

From My Seat

By | October 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm | 11 comments

At the moment, I am sitting in your seat. That is to say that I am watching the rehearsal of the Brahms Violin Concerto seated in the stalls of Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. I don’t often get to watch my own orchestra, in fact, I don’t often get to watch any orchestra...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2012

Time to go home

Time to go home

By | October 25, 2012 at 11:20 am | One comment

Apologies for the lack of blogging on this centenary trip (there is a lot of material coming your way soon...). We are on our way to the airport as I type and glad to be coming home. I have to confess that this week, I have written and rewritten this blog four times and...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2012

LSO Centenary Visit to New York City

LSO Centenary Visit to New York City

By | October 21, 2012 at 1:10 am | 2 comments

So, the traffic into New York City is terrible this evening. However as I have my laptop and the clever American bus has Wifi, I thought I'd let you know about an article in the New York Times. Some of you may remember the twitter account we had using diaries from the 1912 tour...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2012

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