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An “in tents” Festival…

An “in tents” Festival…

By | August 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm | One comment

It feels an age since I have penned a blog, and in fact it is a couple of months since we have been on tour. Much has happened in our LSO lives. The departing in a tragic accident of Principal Trumpet Rod Franks was a huge blow to the Orchestra musically and professionally, and...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Switzerland Festivals August 2014

Hotel essentials

Hotel essentials

By | April 4, 2014 at 11:03 am | No comments

We are only touring in Europe but strangely I feel jet lagged, much more so than I ever felt on last month's Far East tour. We have been bombarded with millions of new notes courtesy of Scriabin's five symphonies which were new to pretty much all of us. We have (deep breath...)...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Music in Colour April 2014

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

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

The Show Must Go On – The Movie

The Show Must Go On – The Movie

By | November 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm | 3 comments

Having arrived home last night at about 11.30pm after the concert, I was a little weary. I’d been teaching all day at the Royal College of Music and ended with a descent into Hell courtesy of Mr Berlioz. Given that since I last blogged in New York, the schedule has been...

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

Would the Real Shostakovich Please Stand Up

Would the Real Shostakovich Please Stand Up

By | October 22, 2013 at 5:11 am | 4 comments

The 15th symphony is a strange piece. When you consider that it was written in 1971, there are huge passages that seem unaware of other developments in music, or maybe he just ignored them. When you consider the restrictions that Shostakovich endured during his lifetime in terms...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, New York October 2013

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

Bonn to Baden Baden via Beethoven

Bonn to Baden Baden via Beethoven

By | October 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm | 2 comments

Concertos - as a musician you spend maybe a decade as a student honing your skills as a soloist playing endless concertos. Then reality hits and you spend the next 30-40 years hearing them played properly and familiarising yourself with the tutti parts. This tour we were due to...

Posted in: Germany October 2013, LSO On Tour

Discovering the future

Discovering the future

By | July 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm | No comments

It’s not very often that you will hear the point of view of a member of the Orchestra’s administration on this blog. As it so happens, while the Orchestra are in residence here in Aix-en-Provence, the Festival and LSO Discovery have worked together to put on a number of...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO Discovery, 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

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