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Last stop. Berlin.

Last stop. Berlin.

By | September 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm | One comment

As we leave Essen, the end of the tour is in sight. I often get the same sensation as the tour begins to wind down, like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I find myself enjoying the concerts more as the repertoire becomes set in the fingers with repetition. But today...

Posted in: Germany Tour September 2014, LSO On Tour

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings…

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings…

By | May 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm | 2 comments

We all know how the old saying goes, especially the opera critics. I should look up its origins, but the internet on this tour is shaky and patchy enough for me to not bother trying. In any case, on this five-concert tour it’s irrelevant; there are no singers of any body...

Posted in: Eastern Europe May 2014, LSO On Tour

Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue

By | May 24, 2014 at 10:01 am | One comment

You often require a great deal of patience on tour. There can be endless standing around in queues at the airport and hotels especially. Maybe one day I will calculate how many years an orchestral musician will spend queuing at airport security. I always think I have the queue...

Posted in: Eastern Europe May 2014, LSO On Tour

LSO On Track in Trafalgar Square

LSO On Track in Trafalgar Square

By | May 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm | No comments

Discovery Assistant Eamonn McElevey has been working with the LSO for just a few weeks. He writes this report of one of his first projects, LSO On Track at the BMW LSO Open Air Classics in Trafalgar Square. On Sunday 11 May 2014, a packed Trafalgar Square watched and listened...

Posted in: LSO Discovery

Early at Orly

Early at Orly

By | April 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm | One comment

Our arrival in Paris was heralded with the low roar of one hundred wheeled suitcases being dragged from the Gare de L’est to the Hotel du Nord. Parisians enjoying a cup of coffee and a cigarette on one of the swarm of pavement cafes around this area looked up as it sounded as...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Music in Colour April 2014

One Kiss or Two?

One Kiss or Two?

By | April 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm | 4 comments

Do you leave a tip, or will the waiter come running after you insisting you take your change, as happens in Japan? Or will they come running after you, complaining that you haven’t left enough tip, as happens in New York? Do you take your shoes off to go in the restaurant, or...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Music in Colour April 2014

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

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

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

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