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About The Lesser Spotted Composer

About The Lesser Spotted Composer

By | March 10, 2014 at 5:48 pm | One comment

It is a great delight that so many concert halls around the world are filled with the music of the very greatest composers to have lived. But it can be easy to forget that those names, so familiar to today’s concert-goers, make up just a tiny proportion of the overall...

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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

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

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...

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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...

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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

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