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The Beast from the East

The Beast from the East

By | December 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm | 2 comments

The Beast from the East has arrived from Russia and brought with it a chill wind blowing through LSO towers, although after the initial drop in temperature, it has now settled into a distinctly unseasonal, damp, grey blanket. The day before we were due to fly out to Luxembourg,...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Luxembourg/Paris December 2012

The Age of Priority

The Age of Priority

By | October 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | No comments

The concert last night was in Frankfurt. Because of the Book Fair there, the publishers and book sellers of the world were using every available hotel room and so at the end of our four hour bus trip from Luxembourg, we found ourselves in a brand new hotel in Darmstadt. You...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Luxembourg October 2012

Brahms 1 – Szymanowski 2

Brahms 1 – Szymanowski 2

By | October 9, 2012 at 11:29 am | No comments

Pairing up the four symphonies of Szymanowski and Brahms has provoked some discussion within the band and the press. Why put these two composers together? Does the performance of the two composers bring anything to the other, is there some illumination provided by hearing the...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Luxembourg October 2012

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Composer

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Composer

By | October 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm | No comments

“Is there a park nearby?” I enquire in faultless French. “I want to go running.” “Yes of course, sir.” The man on the desk spins around and produces a map which he marks a series of lines, circles and arrows on. I study the map because that is what one does when...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Luxembourg October 2012

Life is like a box of chocolates

By | May 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm | 3 comments

Brussels. The centre of European bureaucracy and, if you read the right newspapers, the enemy of our proud British traditions. Leaving the Euro debate alone for the moment, Brussels has been accused at various points in the last decade of trying to force UHT milk on us, dilute...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Brussels May 2012

The Ecstasy of Wifi

By | May 2, 2012 at 10:13 am | No comments

If an alien life form were to land unannounced backstage at a concert in 2012, they would make some basic assumptions about human behaviour which I once would have thought unfounded. Now I'm not so sure. One of the many changes I have seen in my time on the world touring...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Brussels May 2012

I’m a Seoul Man…

By | February 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm | 2 comments

The cultural differences between nations are never more pronounced that when in transit. The British, being a nation of enthusiastic queuers, are left apoplectic with rage when confronted with a country full of people who do not understand this basic concept. I am told that...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, South Korea & China February & March 2012

Juan more concert

By | January 31, 2012 at 9:21 pm | No comments

From the comfort of the train speeding through the Spanish countryside, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is summer. The sun is high and the deep blue stretches far into the distance, the only clouds visible on the horizon look like chalk cliffs. But the thermometer...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Spain January 2012

Brotherly Love

By | January 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm | No comments

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="75" caption="Kurt Weill"] I could find no glamour in running for a train at 5.45am and catching it by the skin of my teeth, arriving at Stansted at 7.30am, landing in Madrid and going straight to the hall to rehearse in the knowledge...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Spain January 2012

Bad light stops play…eventually

By | September 26, 2011 at 11:53 am | 6 comments

Regular readers of the blog will not be surprised to know that I am writing this having just watched Wales destroy Namibia in the Rugby World Cup. My Welsh father and a childhood involving many trips to Cwmllynfell to see my granny, cast my musical soul in red many years ago....

Posted in: Guildford September 2011, LSO On Tour

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