Waiting for Christine…

By | March 28, 2011 at 10:15 am | 7 comments | Birmingham & Paris Mahler March 2011, LSO On Tour | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I am at the moment sitting in a caf


  1. John Banther (4 years ago)

    I was the same way when I was younger, I wanted to have all of those cool gadgets and knives for my instrument. But, over the years I am thankful I play a brass instrument!

    Sitting on stage looking at the woodwinds and their bags of junk and concern for humidity, I am no longer jealous!

  2. Gene De Lisa (4 years ago)

    Back in the 80s there was a truly obnoxious oboe player in our orchestra. He never had a nice word for anyone. One night he was especially haughty. During the concert, a few measures before his big solo I leaned over and asked “is that part of your reed on the floor?”

  3. Eeika (4 years ago)

    Can’t forget the bassoons too! I love the order of events leading up to no cor anglais solo.

    • LSO (4 years ago)

      The bassoons have their own problems and have no need to intrude on Christine’s 15 mins of fame!

  4. Terry (4 years ago)

    I was there in Birmingham. Been wondering what had happened all weekend. Cheers for the blog!

  5. Silverfin (4 years ago)

    Love your blog, Gareth. Especially the insights about playing Mahler symphonies (which I always start off disliking but slowly learn to love).

    I did a Mahler 7 last Saturday, and in the short time between the afternoon rehearsal and the evening concert, the principal oboe’s favourite reed cracked, and the 2nd piccolo’s G# pad sprung a massive leak…

    • LSO (4 years ago)

      I feel the piccs pain! You need g sharp in the solo on the last page. At least you know what to get them for Christmas…


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