Browsing Tag Paris

Life’s little luxuries

Life’s little luxuries

By | April 7, 2014 at 10:16 am | One comment

We're currently in Paris and I think the orchestra breathed a sigh of relief at the thought of two nights in the same hotel, whoopie! We are ensconced in the Mercure hotel opposite Gare du Nord, which in my time in the LSO has thankfully undergone a transformation from chintzy...

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

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

Keeping between the lines…

Keeping between the lines…

By | January 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm | 2 comments

Happy new year! We are on the first LSO tour of 2014 and already Gareth has brought the curse of South Eastern trains with him. After a packed house last night in Geneva's gloriously ornate Victoria Hall we stumbled from our hotel to the station in order to catch the direct...

Posted in: Geneva Paris & Lyon January 2014, LSO On Tour

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

We wish you a Szymanowski

We wish you a Szymanowski

By | December 17, 2012 at 10:42 am | 6 comments

As it’s nearly Christmas, you’ll forgive me if I jettison my normal dry academic precision for a little bit of end of term amusement. I am pleased to report that the LSC were staying in a different hotel from the orchestra in a another part of Paris which rendered my...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Luxembourg/Paris December 2012

Brahms 1 – Szymanowski 2

Brahms 1 – Szymanowski 2

By | October 9, 2012 at 11:29 am | No comments

Pairing up the four symphonies of Szymanowski and Brahms has provoked some discussion within the band and the press. Why put these two composers together? Does the performance of the two composers bring anything to the other, is there some illumination provided by hearing the...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Luxembourg October 2012

The Ecstasy of Wifi

By | May 2, 2012 at 10:13 am | No comments

If an alien life form were to land unannounced backstage at a concert in 2012, they would make some basic assumptions about human behaviour which I once would have thought unfounded. Now I'm not so sure. One of the many changes I have seen in my time on the world touring...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Brussels May 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen…please welcome the Chairman of the London Symphony Orchestra

By | September 19, 2011 at 9:27 am | 5 comments


Posted in: Beethovenfest September 2011, LSO On Tour

Waiting for Christine…

By | March 28, 2011 at 10:15 am | 7 comments

I am at the moment sitting in a...

Posted in: Birmingham & Paris Mahler March 2011, LSO On Tour

The train rain refrain

By | November 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm | One comment

As an encore at the recital the other night, we played a little melancholy Welsh folk song. Simple but effective in its main aim of bringing a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. A member of the audience asked me at the reception afterwards if all Welsh folk songs were...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Luxembourg/Paris November 2010

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