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Bridging the communication gap

Bridging the communication gap

By | March 12, 2014 at 11:17 am | No comments

Miscommunications are common when you are on tour so far from home. We have been in parts of the world where English is not widely spoken on a day-to-day basis. In China and Taiwan I was often spoken to in Mandarin to blank apologetic stares from me and then when I said, "Sorry,...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Music soothes the Seoul

Music soothes the Seoul

By | March 11, 2014 at 7:24 am | 3 comments

[caption id="attachment_3701" align="alignnone" width="224"] No expense spared at Hong Kong airport check-in[/caption] The mist decided to lift and unveil the spectacular skyline of Hong Kong just as we left for the airport. Having visited a decade ago, the ever changing city...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

The big weigh in

The big weigh in

By | March 6, 2014 at 9:42 am | No comments

One big aspect of touring is knowing what to pack. Not such a problem when you are considering your wardrobe for five concerts around Germany say, but for three weeks taking in the cold temperatures of China, a muggy Hong Kong to scorching India in the same trip, things start to...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Hello me old China

Hello me old China

By | March 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm | 2 comments

We had been warned in the days before this tour that the smog in Beijing was at epic proportions and there were hurried emails from the LSO admin advising the players to equip themselves with masks, and not just any masks... I spent a good half an hour researching the matter,...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Chinese Symbols

Chinese Symbols

By | March 3, 2014 at 4:10 am | One comment

There’s nothing like watching one of your colleagues eating fried scorpions from a stick in a market to underline the fact that you are a very long way from home. Lorenzo is always the first in line to try something new, and as he crunches his way through the savoury snack, my...

Posted in: China Taiwan South Korea India March 2014, LSO On Tour

Interview: James Gaffigan

Interview: James Gaffigan

By | February 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm | No comments

We catch up with James Gaffigan, the New Yorker currently serving as Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, after the first rehearsal ahead of his LSO debut on Thursday 13 February. He talks to us about the thrills and spills of being an international conductor, his...

Posted in: Artist Interviews

Straight ahead and left, right?

Straight ahead and left, right?

By | January 20, 2014 at 9:21 pm | No comments

After arriving in Paris just over two hours late we were grateful to be staying in the Mercure Hotel right outside. It made the train journey the next morning to Lyon a little easier. All we had to do was listen to Sue Mallet and her instructions. “Straight ahead to the...

Posted in: Geneva Paris & Lyon January 2014, LSO On Tour

Flute finale…

Flute finale…

By | December 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm | 4 comments

My accompanist Ed and I had a run through last week and it was a match made in heaven, his bouncy enthusiasm my err.. bling! We commandeered a dressing room backstage at the Barbican and ran through the pieces twice and declared ourselves ready! Jo Johnson kindly acted as...

Posted in: Gradeone-athon

Do you feel lucky??

Do you feel lucky??

By | November 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm | 2 comments

Well it seems only days ago that I was in Austria penning my last tour blog (oh, it was...). Since then we have played three London concerts, (two of them televised for Mezzo and all recorded for LSO Live) and done a day's recording at Abbey Road Studios for Chinese film, "The...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris November 2013

Bernard Haitink: the Modest Maestro

Bernard Haitink: the Modest Maestro

By | October 8, 2013 at 11:55 am | No comments

In the next few weeks the Orchestra is working with conductor Bernard Haitink and pianist Emanuel Ax, including concerts in London and New York. Working with Haitink is always eagerly anticipated by the LSO musicians, and we asked Sub-Principal Second Violin Sarah Quinn why...

Posted in: Artist Interviews

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