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Bridging the communication gap

Bridging the communication gap

By | March 12, 2014 at 11:17 am | No comments

Miscommunications are common when you are on tour so far from home. We have been in parts of the world where English is not widely spoken on a day-to-day basis. In China and Taiwan I was often spoken to in Mandarin to blank apologetic stares from me and then when I said, "Sorry,...

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

Music soothes the Seoul

Music soothes the Seoul

By | March 11, 2014 at 7:24 am | 3 comments

[caption id="attachment_3701" align="alignnone" width="224"] No expense spared at Hong Kong airport check-in[/caption] The mist decided to lift and unveil the spectacular skyline of Hong Kong just as we left for the airport. Having visited a decade ago, the ever changing city...

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

I’m more musically sophisticated than you…

I’m more musically sophisticated than you…

By | March 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm | No comments

There are certain types of music which are wedded to particular places. The cold icy blasts of Russia appear in Shostakovitch symphonies, the Malvern Hills seem to resonate to the music of Elgar and when you hear the uneven kick of the Viennese Waltz you think of...er...well,...

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

The big weigh in

The big weigh in

By | March 6, 2014 at 9:42 am | No comments

One big aspect of touring is knowing what to pack. Not such a problem when you are considering your wardrobe for five concerts around Germany say, but for three weeks taking in the cold temperatures of China, a muggy Hong Kong to scorching India in the same trip, things start to...

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

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

Interview: James Gaffigan

Interview: James Gaffigan

By | February 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm | No comments

We catch up with James Gaffigan, the New Yorker currently serving as Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, after the first rehearsal ahead of his LSO debut on Thursday 13 February. He talks to us about the thrills and spills of being an international conductor, his...

Posted in: Artist Interviews

Barry Banks on Berlioz Requiem

Barry Banks on Berlioz Requiem

By | January 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm | One comment

Barry Banks reflects on the monumental recording of Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts in St Paul's Cathedral in June 2012, under the late Sir Colin Davis. The first time that I encountered the Grande Messe des Morts was as a 21 year old student at the Royal Northern College of...

Posted in: LSO Live

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

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