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Life’s little luxuries

Life’s little luxuries

By | April 7, 2014 at 10:16 am | One comment

We're currently in Paris and I think the orchestra breathed a sigh of relief at the thought of two nights in the same hotel, whoopie! We are ensconced in the Mercure hotel opposite Gare du Nord, which in my time in the LSO has thankfully undergone a transformation from chintzy...

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

Keeping between the lines…

Keeping between the lines…

By | January 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm | 2 comments

Happy new year! We are on the first LSO tour of 2014 and already Gareth has brought the curse of South Eastern trains with him. After a packed house last night in Geneva's gloriously ornate Victoria Hall we stumbled from our hotel to the station in order to catch the direct...

Posted in: Geneva Paris & Lyon January 2014, LSO On Tour

Do you feel lucky??

Do you feel lucky??

By | November 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm | 2 comments

Well it seems only days ago that I was in Austria penning my last tour blog (oh, it was...). Since then we have played three London concerts, (two of them televised for Mezzo and all recorded for LSO Live) and done a day's recording at Abbey Road Studios for Chinese film, "The...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris November 2013

Aix Episode 7: Au Revoir but not Goodbye

Aix Episode 7: Au Revoir but not Goodbye

By | July 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm | 5 comments

As we reach the end of our wonderful five weeks here in Aix I must take my large, floppy sunhat off to all those you don't see working behind the scenes but who make our lives here run so smoothly. Miriam and her team in admin organised all the tricky accommodation requests...

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

Aix Episode 6: LSO v ODP

Aix Episode 6: LSO v ODP

By | July 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm | 4 comments

The beginning of week four saw about twenty pasty people from the orchestra arrive from London for a symphonic concert of Britten and Shostakovitch to be held at the Grand Theatre. It was easy to spot these ghostly apparitions - even though London has been going through a...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 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 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

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