Browsing Tag daniel harding

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

India – incredible indiarghhhhhh

India – incredible indiarghhhhhh

By | March 16, 2014 at 11:30 am | 2 comments

The last concert in Seoul saw us enjoy music-making with pianist Sunwook Kim and a few commented on how much more they enjoyed Korea from the first times we visited. I think in those days Seoul seemed vastly unapproachable and we probably all expected to see pets smothered in...

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

Beauty in unexpected places

Beauty in unexpected places

By | March 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm | 3 comments

There is beauty in every corner in India. Often it’s in the most unlikely places. The lines of colourful laundry flying like flags on rooftops, the bowls of roadside fruit carved with the skill of the stonemason and the crouching men on the broken pavement sorting out...

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

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

I’m more musically sophisticated than you…

I’m more musically sophisticated than you…

By | March 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm | No comments

There are certain types of music which are wedded to particular places. The cold icy blasts of Russia appear in Shostakovitch symphonies, the Malvern Hills seem to resonate to the music of Elgar and when you hear the uneven kick of the Viennese Waltz you think of...er...well,...

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

Snakes on a Plane

Snakes on a Plane

By | March 4, 2014 at 5:32 pm | One comment

Daniel Harding and Yuja Wang travelled together on the flight over to Beijing. Needless to say, unlike the orchestra, when they board the plane, they turn left. Apparently when you sit in more important class, you not only get extra legroom, not that either of them particularly...

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

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