LSO On Tour

Karol by Candlelight?

By | August 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm | No comments

Unless you’ve been camping in the wilderness recently, you will have noticed that the LSO has been in the news. I’m sure by now most of you will have seen our contribution to the Olympic Games in London; what an exciting few weeks it has been! This is the tour blog and so...

Posted in: Edinburgh International Festival 2012, LSO On Tour

Higgs, Boson and Walker Ltd

By | July 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm | No comments

Where you've been reading the blog from since February! Writing this last blog from the final tour before the summer holiday, it seems appropriate that rather than sitting in yet another hotel room writing to you, I am speeding on a train through the Surrey Hills. Despite the...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2012, LSO On Tour

Another Hot Night

By | July 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm | No comments

If you’ve ever had the misfortune to spend prolonged periods of your life in the glittering half life of the back stage area of any concert hall around the world then you will be familiar with the scene I am about to describe. The Green Room, which isn’t, is meant to be the...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2012, LSO On Tour

50 Shades of Grey

By | July 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm | No comments

The weeks of punishment that we have endured have been hard to take, and although the fifty shades of grey that we have been experiencing in London have no end in sight, I have to tell you that here in Aix-en-Provence the rain has been beaten into submission. As I write this,...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2012, LSO On Tour

The rite to music

By | May 22, 2012 at 11:10 am | 3 comments

When the ghosts of music past are looking over your shoulder, the steely glare of silence falls upon the orchestra and the conductor makes a minute gesture for you alone begin the concert, this is the moment when the men are sorted from the boys. This time however, I am far from...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Vienna May 2012

Life is like a box of chocolates

By | May 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm | 3 comments

Brussels. The centre of European bureaucracy and, if you read the right newspapers, the enemy of our proud British traditions. Leaving the Euro debate alone for the moment, Brussels has been accused at various points in the last decade of trying to force UHT milk on us, dilute...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Brussels May 2012

The Ecstasy of Wifi

By | May 2, 2012 at 10:13 am | No comments

If an alien life form were to land unannounced backstage at a concert in 2012, they would make some basic assumptions about human behaviour which I once would have thought unfounded. Now I'm not so sure. One of the many changes I have seen in my time on the world touring...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Brussels May 2012

LSO Brass Quintet tour of Japan

LSO Brass Quintet tour of Japan

By | April 20, 2012 at 10:27 am | No comments

Preparations had begun months ago, not the least of which was the commissioning of an interesting new work by rising star composer, Christian Mason. The Gamelan room at LSO St Luke's is not a kind acoustic but Christian seemed pleased with our final run through of his...

Posted in: Brass Quintet Japan April 2012, LSO On Tour

It’s the tour blog 100 years late…

It’s the tour blog 100 years late…

By | March 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm | 5 comments

Hi Blogfans Just in case you hadn't seen it, today is the day exactly 100 years ago that the LSO left Euston station and went to America. They avoided going on the Titanic because of a change in schedule and spent weeks touring America and Canada. We were sent a diary which was...

Posted in: LSO On Tour

Use the Force Valery

By | March 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm | 2 comments

I remember walking down the Nanjing Road in Shanghai a couple of years ago and being offered goods aplenty. This week however it seems worse than ever. As I get further down the road, I can always see people suddenly step out from beside the shops and walk alongside me asking me...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, South Korea & China February & March 2012

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