Browsing Tag Gareth Davies

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

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

The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same

By | March 9, 2013 at 4:11 am | 2 comments

In Japan, things aren’t always exactly what they seem. The cake at the bakery which reveals its secret red bean paste filling, the colourful appetisers with the unfamiliar texture or the chicken teriyaki which turns out to be a more adventurous part of the chicken’s anatomy....

Posted in: Korea & Japan Feb & Mar 2013, LSO On Tour

The Little Things

The Little Things

By | March 6, 2013 at 5:24 am | 4 comments

It’s always the little things on tour that make the difference. The comfortable bed, the unexpected phone call from the family, the free wifi in the hotel, the bus leaving half an hour later in the morning. The list is endless. As we approached the end of the first week away...

Posted in: Korea & Japan Feb & Mar 2013, LSO On Tour

Die Traumdeutung

Die Traumdeutung

By | March 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm | 6 comments

It takes a while until I am absolutely sure. The volume is low and the aeroplane engines are beginning their pre flight whine; momentarily the rising pitch of the engine and music randomly coincide in Cagian cacophony. Rather than sitting en masse, the orchestra has been...

Posted in: Korea & Japan Feb & Mar 2013, LSO On Tour

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

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