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All We Like Sheep

All We Like Sheep

By | November 5, 2014 at 12:43 am | 18 comments

The day we arrived in Madrid, a demonstration was taking place where farmers exercised their ancient right to drive sheep through the centre of town. It caused chaos of course, as traffic was brought to a standstill. It was much like when the LSO arrives at an airport and we...

Posted in: LSO On Tour

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

Too many options…

Too many options…

By | September 12, 2014 at 1:11 am | One comment

If like me, you spend a large number of days sleeping in a strange bed, that is to say, hotel beds, then you’ll be familiar with the sensation of waking up in the middle of the night and not knowing where you are. Last night in Luxembourg, seven of us were in a separate hotel...

Posted in: Germany Tour September 2014, LSO On Tour

Question Time

Question Time

By | September 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm | No comments

As I wait in the wings, two enthusiastic young things are hustled past me on the stairs having completed their interview. They smile, and I can’t help noticing they are carrying an enormous cowbell each. I reflect on the just how big the cows must be, but before the image is...

Posted in: Germany Tour September 2014, LSO On Tour

Sex, Drugs and Barcarolles

Sex, Drugs and Barcarolles

By | August 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm | One comment

Addicts Symphony is a Channel 4 documentary coming to your screens on Wednesday. It involves LSO players Matt and Bindi as they show how music can help people rebuild their lives which have been shattered by alcohol and drug abuse. I took part in a small part of the filming,...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Switzerland Festivals August 2014

And the results of the ABRSM jury are…

And the results of the ABRSM jury are…

By | December 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm | One comment

What a tense two weeks! Daily, musicians were posting their results on the Gradeone-athon Facebook page for all to see and remark upon. Some people did amazingly, some only passed and I started to realise that the Kwok family honour might suffer a terrible blow. My parents had...

Posted in: Gradeone-athon

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

And now the end is near…

And now the end is near…

By | November 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm | No comments

It has been a while since I wrote a blog about learning the flute for a charity Gradeone-athon, and when I look back at the optimism of the early ones, I do wish I had used my time more wisely and started practising somewhat sooner. I now have an actual exam date after calling...

Posted in: Gradeone-athon

Ambrosia and …er…amnesia

Ambrosia and …er…amnesia

By | May 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm | 8 comments

When I was about 12 years old my mother worked at a Catholic school, and one Easter our whole family was able to go on the trip to Rome. Even as a pre-teenager, the ancient splendour of the city impressed me and I have always wanted to go back. In actual fact, I have been back...

Posted in: Italy May 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

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