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Bernard Haitink: the Modest Maestro

Bernard Haitink: the Modest Maestro

By | October 8, 2013 at 11:55 am | No comments

In the next few weeks the Orchestra is working with conductor Bernard Haitink and pianist Emanuel Ax, including concerts in London and New York. Working with Haitink is always eagerly anticipated by the LSO musicians, and we asked Sub-Principal Second Violin Sarah Quinn why...

Posted in: Artist Interviews

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 4: Flying Ants – The Return

Aix Episode 4: Flying Ants – The Return

By | July 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm | 3 comments

It can't be an easy task changing the sets night after night from Don Giovanni's wooden-panelled living room resembling a gentlemen's club (and I don't mean "Spearmint Rhino") to the flamboyant circus-top housing Rigoletto's world. The wardrobes of the two productions are also...

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 2: Going Down T’Pit

Aix Episode 2: Going Down T’Pit

By | June 28, 2013 at 8:39 am | One comment

Amazingly, I remembered the twisting journey down to the bowels of the Archeveche as if the operas of two years ago were only yesterday. There's not enough room to swing a cat (preferably the scary wild one that ran through the pit last time during the death scene in Traviata)...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Ce soir, premi

By | July 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm | No comments

Sir Colin Davis. Un nom, une...

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

Mission Impossible

By | May 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm | 2 comments

[gallery] After a very welcome day off where I personally did very little except move from pool to beach, the second free day saw a lot of us whizzing around at high speed. The organisers of the festival had very kindly organised for us to visit the Daytona NASCAR racing track....

Posted in: Daytona Beach International Festival April 2009, LSO On Tour

Croeso i Gymru !

By | October 8, 2008 at 11:59 am | No comments

When we were kids, travelling along the M4 in the back of the Triumph 2000, my brother and I would always crane our necks so that we could say we were the first one to see the Severn Bridge. Shortly after crossing, I always used to feel a tingle of excitement as we passed the...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Swansea October 2008

Dusseldorf, Cologne and Chocolate

By | June 24, 2008 at 3:58 pm | No comments

Since we last spoke, the LSO has been busy with Gergiev doing Mahler, Strauss and Mozart with Haitink, and Mozart and Brahms with Previn. It has been non stop, with a whistlestop trip to Paris that was so brief, I didn't have time to tell you about it. We now have 3 weeks left...

Posted in: Dusseldorf/Cologne June 2008, LSO On Tour

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