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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

Ambrosia and …er…amnesia

Ambrosia and …er…amnesia

By | May 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm | 8 comments

When I was about 12 years old my mother worked at a Catholic school, and one Easter our whole family was able to go on the trip to Rome. Even as a pre-teenager, the ancient splendour of the city impressed me and I have always wanted to go back. In actual fact, I have been back...

Posted in: Italy May 2013, LSO On Tour



By | April 30, 2013 at 11:41 am | No comments

I have a window seat on the flight back from Cologne. I’m a creature of habit and whilst I don’t mind this seat on a short flight, on a long haul I always end up feeling rather trapped and stuck in my place. Looking out at the wing, which is obscuring my view as we descend...

Posted in: Brussels Paris & Cologne Apr 2013, LSO On Tour

The rite to music

By | May 22, 2012 at 11:10 am | 3 comments

When the ghosts of music past are looking over your shoulder, the steely glare of silence falls upon the orchestra and the conductor makes a minute gesture for you alone begin the concert, this is the moment when the men are sorted from the boys. This time however, I am far from...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Vienna May 2012

Life is like a box of chocolates

By | May 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm | 3 comments

Brussels. The centre of European bureaucracy and, if you read the right newspapers, the enemy of our proud British traditions. Leaving the Euro debate alone for the moment, Brussels has been accused at various points in the last decade of trying to force UHT milk on us, dilute...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Paris & Brussels May 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

Use the Force Valery

By | March 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm | 2 comments

I remember walking down the Nanjing Road in Shanghai a couple of years ago and being offered goods aplenty. This week however it seems worse than ever. As I get further down the road, I can always see people suddenly step out from beside the shops and walk alongside me asking me...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, South Korea & China February & March 2012

The Gesticulating Tourist

The Gesticulating Tourist

By | March 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm | 3 comments

Walking around Beijing, I find it hard to tell whether my lips are numb because of the cold, snow-laden wind blowing in my face, or the Szechuan peppers which were liberally sprinkled on my lunch. If you've never had them before, their effect on your mouth is an exciting...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, South Korea & China February & March 2012

Juan more concert

By | January 31, 2012 at 9:21 pm | No comments

From the comfort of the train speeding through the Spanish countryside, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is summer. The sun is high and the deep blue stretches far into the distance, the only clouds visible on the horizon look like chalk cliffs. But the thermometer...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Spain January 2012

Holy Moly! Its Bucharest…I think

By | September 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm | 9 comments

It's quite usual for me to arrive in a city, leave the hotel, which is different to the one we stayed on previous trips, and not recognise anything at all. There are times when I begin to doubt myself and think that maybe I'm mixing places up. The one constant is the concert...

Posted in: Enescu Festival September 2011, LSO On Tour

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