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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

By | August 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm | 2 comments

A couple of things caught my eye this week. An article which has been doing the rounds suggests that performers in competitions, are judged more on the way they look than the way they...

Posted in: Austria August 2013, LSO On Tour

Discovering the future

Discovering the future

By | July 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm | No comments

It’s not very often that you will hear the point of view of a member of the Orchestra’s administration on this blog. As it so happens, while the Orchestra are in residence here in Aix-en-Provence, the Festival and LSO Discovery have worked together to put on a number of...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO Discovery, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 5: Rain, Rain, come again…

Aix Episode 5: Rain, Rain, come again…

By | July 15, 2013 at 10:23 am | 3 comments

We often wonder what contingency plans there are in place for rain during Festival time since the Archeveche theatre is open to the elements. They give out blankets to the audience when it's cold (also if you need a snooze) and sell cushions for those who frequent "bums, tums...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 4: Flying Ants – The Return

Aix Episode 4: Flying Ants – The Return

By | July 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm | 3 comments

It can't be an easy task changing the sets night after night from Don Giovanni's wooden-panelled living room resembling a gentlemen's club (and I don't mean "Spearmint Rhino") to the flamboyant circus-top housing Rigoletto's world. The wardrobes of the two productions are also...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 3: Birds, brassieres and BBQs

Aix Episode 3: Birds, brassieres and BBQs

By | July 4, 2013 at 11:46 am | One comment

The dress rehearsals were, as expected, not free from hitches. In both operas we lost all stand lights and gamely carried on, even though it was pitch black for some. Interestingly the conductors dealt with the situation very differently. Mark Minkowski frantically turned round...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 2: Going Down T’Pit

Aix Episode 2: Going Down T’Pit

By | June 28, 2013 at 8:39 am | One comment

Amazingly, I remembered the twisting journey down to the bowels of the Archeveche as if the operas of two years ago were only yesterday. There's not enough room to swing a cat (preferably the scary wild one that ran through the pit last time during the death scene in Traviata)...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 1: Migrating South

Aix Episode 1: Migrating South

By | June 23, 2013 at 9:17 am | 2 comments

In the absence of newly-published author and Principal Flute, Gareth Davies here in Aix-en-Provence, I shall be stepping out of my stilettos and into his shoes, if I may, to write a few blog posts during our time here. Apologies as I have neither the writing style, skill or wit...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, 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 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

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