Browsing Tag symphony

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

Maurice.

By | November 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm | 9 comments

?The relentless schedule which we undertake in this orchestra is tough. It forces you into a way of life which simply sounds ridiculous when you try and explain it to anyone outside of the orchestral world. The hours are long, hard and antisocial, families often take second...

Posted in: Cologne November 2010, LSO On Tour

Planning, Pokemon and Peacocks

By | September 10, 2010 at 9:40 am | No comments

In this job I see some pretty spectacular things, hear astonishing sounds and, on tour at least eat some incredible food (I had goat last night but passed on the bullfrog). I am surrounded by some fabulous musicians and hear the greatest soloists in the world as they pass...

Posted in: China September 2010, LSO On Tour

The Mahler Question

By | August 22, 2010 at 11:16 am | 6 comments

After a relaxing break for a couple of weeks in the summer it would be nice to gradually ease myself back into work with something low pressure and easy. Of course in the music business this simply doesn't happen and so this week we were thrown straight back into the whirlwind...

Posted in: LSO On Tour

My oh my Mumbai!

By | April 11, 2010 at 9:39 am | 11 comments

As the seatbelt light came on and people gradually returned to their seats for the final descent into Mumbai, I have to admit to feeling a little nervous. After the incredibly ordered calm of UAE, I knew Mumbai was going to be almost exactly the opposite, but no matter how many...

Posted in: Abu Dhabi & Mumbai April 2010, LSO On Tour

Pre Concert Talks…er…reviews?

By | April 8, 2010 at 8:23 am | 3 comments

The first concert with Kristjan...

Posted in: Abu Dhabi & Mumbai April 2010, LSO On Tour

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?….Oh…it’s a bird….

By | February 18, 2010 at 1:27 am | 5 comments

Group A leaving at 5.30am after the concert or group B leaving at 10.25 am. Which would you choose? B. Well done, that is the correct answer, after all, leaving Poland at that ungodly hour would render me incapable of being sprightly dad at half term. So Group B it is, a...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Vienna/Warsaw February 2010

Chopin and Schubert

By | February 18, 2010 at 12:39 am | No comments

I am currently sitting in Warsaw Frederic Chopin International airport, which is closed because air traffic control is down. I wish they would pull themselves together and think happy thoughts as I'm feeling a little down myself now. I want to go home. We made our debut in...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Vienna/Warsaw February 2010

It’s not about the music

By | November 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm | 20 comments

Last night we were in Cologne, one of my favourite German cities, with its beautiful cathedral and fabulous concert hall where we get free beer after the performance - I think I've told you about that before. We played the Widmann violin concerto with Christian Tetzlaff - a...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Milan/Cologne November 2009

Cutting the mustard in Dijon

By | September 27, 2009 at 11:01 pm | 3 comments

I don't know what the French for joie de vivre is, but I left mine somewhere on the Barbican stage on Thursday night after Daphnis and Chloe. Well, really it was after a week which began 2 weeks earlier which had 2 performances of Daphnis, La Mer and a couple of concerti as...

Posted in: Dijon/Paris September 2009, LSO On Tour

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