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The Exile

Although in name we are the London Symphony Orchestra, there are in fact very few members who are from London itself. The great metropolis has always been just down the road from my home town of Guildford, but a quick … Continue reading

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The Gesticulating Tourist

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 … Continue reading

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I’m a Seoul Man…

The cultural differences between nations are never more pronounced that when in transit. The British, being a nation of enthusiastic queuers, are left apoplectic with rage when confronted with a country full of people who do not understand this basic … Continue reading

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Force 10 from Dalston

There was a distinctly end of term feeling in Munich last night. We may not have been playing any carols but the spirit was there, and it wasn’t just the Gluhwein from the snow covered Christmas market. The orchestra, as … Continue reading

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Bad light stops play…eventually

Regular readers of the blog will not be surprised to know that I am writing this having just watched Wales destroy Namibia in the Rugby World Cup. My Welsh father and a childhood involving many trips to Cwmllynfell to see … Continue reading

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LSO Wind Academy 2011

The eagle eyed readers will have noticed that whilst a large proportion of the LSO is in Aix, almost all of those left behind performed Fauré Requiem in St Paul’s this week. I say almost all, as Fauré neglected to … Continue reading

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Game, set and match….Langrée.

Bless Maxine Kwok-Adams! For those of you who are not aware, Maxine is our resident fashionista of the 1st violin section. If column inches on a well known social networking site were the only measure of a person’s popularity then … Continue reading

Posted in Aix-en-Provence Festival June & July 2011, David Jackson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Bonjour chers amis français!

Soleil. Atmosphère estivale. Je vous écris d’Aix-en-Provence, où l’orchestre a posé ses valises  pour un mois… Adieu la pluie et le ciel gris britannique!… Nous avons commencé les répétitions pour “La Traviata”. Ah! Quelle musique merveilleuse, on ne se lasse … Continue reading

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Bach to Bach Mahler

The final day of the tour and we have a bit of a marathon to run, or hobble at any rate. Leaving the hotel at 6.45 am after a concert the night before in Lucerne, we get on a bus … Continue reading

Posted in Gareth Davies, Switzerland & Leipzig May 2011 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Train Tension

The orchestra sat in near silence on the train this morning. The tension rising with the outside temperature as we sped through the mountains. I haven’t felt this much pressure on a train since Sue Mallet was on a trip … Continue reading

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