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Force 10 from Dalston

Force 10 from Dalston

By | December 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm | 3 comments

There was a distinctly end of term feeling in Munich last night. We may not have been playing any carols but the spirit was there, and it wasn't just the Gluhwein from the snow covered Christmas market. The orchestra, as always, has been working incredibly hard and the break...

Posted in: Germany December 2011, LSO On Tour

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

Perdu…in translation.

By | July 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm | No comments

The more astute amongst you will note that I have made scant comment in my periodical postcards of the other opera which is being performed here in Aix. Mozart, I hear, was quite a clever chap. He knew how to write a half decent tune for a start, and there are a fair few of...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival June & July 2011, LSO On Tour

LSO Wind Academy 2011

By | July 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm | One comment

The eagle eyed readers will have noticed that whilst a large proportion of the LSO is in Aix, almost all of those left behind performed...

Posted in: LSO On Tour

Game, set and match….Langr

By | June 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | 3 comments

Bless Maxine Kwok-Adams! For those of you who are not aware, Maxine is our resident fashionista of the 1st violin section. If column inches on a well known social networking site were the only measure of a person's popularity then MK-A would surely rival John Lennon in those...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival June & July 2011, LSO On Tour

Bach to Bach Mahler

By | May 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm | 4 comments

The final day of the tour and we have a bit of a marathon to run, or hobble at any rate. Leaving the hotel at 6.45 am after a concert the night before in Lucerne, we get on a bus which takes us on a short journey to Zurich airport to arrive by 7am. Sunday mornings are never...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Switzerland & Leipzig May 2011

Waiting for Christine…

By | March 28, 2011 at 10:15 am | 7 comments

I am at the moment sitting in a...

Posted in: Birmingham & Paris Mahler March 2011, LSO On Tour

Exit stage left

By | February 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm | No comments

Mahler's Third Symphony is always an event, partly due to the size of forces needed and the space required. The famous opening with the horns in full flight is truly astonishing writing and the power unleashed by Gergiev's hands in the ample acoustic of the Lincoln Centre is...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Philadelphia/New York February 2011

The train rain refrain

By | November 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm | One comment

As an encore at the recital the other night, we played a little melancholy Welsh folk song. Simple but effective in its main aim of bringing a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. A member of the audience asked me at the reception afterwards if all Welsh folk songs were...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Luxembourg/Paris November 2010

Colin and Nikolaj

By | November 15, 2010 at 9:39 am | No comments

After negotiating the ticket system of Europe, we successfully performed in the Chateau and consequently enjoyed a well earned lie in the next morning when the rest of the orchestra was on a very bumpy flight from Gatwick. As we met up with some wet colleagues in the foyer, it...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Luxembourg/Paris November 2010

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