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India – incredible indiarghhhhhh

India – incredible indiarghhhhhh

By | March 16, 2014 at 11:30 am | 2 comments

The last concert in Seoul saw us enjoy music-making with pianist Sunwook Kim and a few commented on how much more they enjoyed Korea from the first times we visited. I think in those days Seoul seemed vastly unapproachable and we probably all expected to see pets smothered in...

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

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

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 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

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

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

Use the Force Valery

By | March 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm | 2 comments

I remember walking down the Nanjing Road in Shanghai a couple of years ago and being offered goods aplenty. This week however it seems worse than ever. As I get further down the road, I can always see people suddenly step out from beside the shops and walk alongside me asking me...

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

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