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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

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

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

And the results of the ABRSM jury are…

And the results of the ABRSM jury are…

By | December 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm | One comment

What a tense two weeks! Daily, musicians were posting their results on the Gradeone-athon Facebook page for all to see and remark upon. Some people did amazingly, some only passed and I started to realise that the Kwok family honour might suffer a terrible blow. My parents had...

Posted in: Gradeone-athon

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

Made in Madrid

Made in Madrid

By | November 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm | No comments

People often ask why I take so many photos on tour, especially of food. I think it started on my first tours when I would be travelling all over the place and eager to show what I was eating to my parents. More than a dozen years later I no longer have to pack a camera to...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Madrid November 2013

Do you feel lucky??

Do you feel lucky??

By | November 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm | 2 comments

Well it seems only days ago that I was in Austria penning my last tour blog (oh, it was...). Since then we have played three London concerts, (two of them televised for Mezzo and all recorded for LSO Live) and done a day's recording at Abbey Road Studios for Chinese film, "The...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris November 2013

Kipland calling…

Kipland calling…

By | November 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm | No comments

This is one of those "blink and you miss it" tours. You see it coming up in the schedule and the weekend away seems innocuous enough but then you take a closer look... Two nights away performing three concerts passing through Vienna, Brno, St Pölten and Essen... hmm work that...

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

A Gr8 nite in Brno

A Gr8 nite in Brno

By | November 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm | No comments

I can remember the first time I played Les nuits d’été. It was about, oh dear, 27 or so years ago. Like so many young musicians around the country, the bug of playing in an orchestra was started with a local youth group. For me it started with the Surrey Youth Orchestra and...

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

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