You Must Go … to The Show Must Go On launch

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

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 1912 and 2012, has been published and is available to buy as a hardback book.

Launch party!

The official launch date of 30 May is fast approaching, and we will be holding a special book launch party at LSO St Luke’s on Old Street in London on Tuesday 28 May at 6pm. The event will include drinks, a screening of a film (see below) and a performance by Gareth.

We have reserved 20 places for readers of this blog to attend as a thank you for being such great supporters of Gareth’s writing. If you’d like to attend, send an email to with your name and mobile phone number by 5.30pm on Friday 24 May. We’ll draw 20 names out of the hat and inform you by email by the end of Friday if you have been picked.

Hope to see you there!


Buy the book

We have a limited run of copies, signed by Gareth, to sell on the LSO website, which are available before the official launch date, at a bargain price of £10 (+P&P). Wherever you are in the world we can post a book to you without delay.

Go to to get your copy.

(NB the book will be available on Kindle after 30 May)



We’ve also been busy making a short documentary about the 1912 and 2012 visits to the US. The full length film will be shown at the launch party; but in the meantime here’s a trailer:


  1. Lalita Carlton-Jones (1 year ago)

    Brilliant book thanks Gareth.

  2. mayumi (1 year ago)

    We enjoyed your talk at Barbican yesterday, Thank you!

  3. Paul Davies (1 year ago)

    Have been enjoying the book so much that I’ve purchased a 2nd copy for my brother (he got it in time for his birthday) and a 3rd copy for a sailing companion who lives near Birmingham and supports their band up there!

    As I’ve said before – it’s eminently dippable into and out-of (sorry about the poor use of English) – and highlights the strains of the life of a professional musician. Thank you (and all of the band “portrayed within”) for the love, dedication, professionalism and sheer bloody-mindedness that you all portray.

    I’ve been doing a bit of page counting for Libby Rice and it was fascinating to look at the programmes from 1913 prior to the US tour and after their return – there is a selection of reviews of the concerts printed in the May 1913 programmes – strangely enough, none from Boston :-)

    A bit emotional at the moment as I’ve just come back from the open rehearsal this morning with Nickolaj Znaider and the LSO Chorus – and am looking forward to paying my respects by “raising a wee dram” after tomorrow’s concert


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