Browsing Tag Gareth Davies

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

Chinese Symbols

Chinese Symbols

By | March 3, 2014 at 4:10 am | One comment

There’s nothing like watching one of your colleagues eating fried scorpions from a stick in a market to underline the fact that you are a very long way from home. Lorenzo is always the first in line to try something new, and as he crunches his way through the savoury snack, my...

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

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

Beware the bulls north of the border

Beware the bulls north of the border

By | January 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm | One comment

It’s not yet ten o’clock in the morning but already we’ve discussed Bach’s early development, the concentration of influential composers born around 1685 and somehow, and I’m really not sure how, we have shifted to the subject of whether the temperature controlled LSO...

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

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

The Show Must Go On – The Movie

The Show Must Go On – The Movie

By | November 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm | 3 comments

Having arrived home last night at about 11.30pm after the concert, I was a little weary. I’d been teaching all day at the Royal College of Music and ended with a descent into Hell courtesy of Mr Berlioz. Given that since I last blogged in New York, the schedule has been...

Posted in: Brno St Pölten Essen November 2013, LSO On Tour

Would the Real Shostakovich Please Stand Up

Would the Real Shostakovich Please Stand Up

By | October 22, 2013 at 5:11 am | 4 comments

The 15th symphony is a strange piece. When you consider that it was written in 1971, there are huge passages that seem unaware of other developments in music, or maybe he just ignored them. When you consider the restrictions that Shostakovich endured during his lifetime in terms...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2013

A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

By | October 21, 2013 at 4:39 am | No comments

The leaves are beginning to turn in Central Park. The colours of Autumn seem to deepen by the hour as they cascade on the Sunday morning crowds before being crushed underfoot. The kids are starting to kick them around, the dogs chase and snap as they swirl in the air, the...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2013

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

By | August 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm | 2 comments

A couple of things caught my eye this week. An article which has been doing the rounds suggests that performers in competitions, are judged more on the way they look than the way they...

Posted in: Austria August 2013, LSO On Tour

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