Tag Archives: culture

Use the Force Valery

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 … 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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Juan more concert

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 … 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

Posted in Gareth Davies, Guildford September 2011 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Code Vestimentaire

Code Nom masculin (latin codex) a) Ensemble de règles qui font loi en matière sociale b) Système conventionnel, rigoureusement structuré, de symboles et de règles combinatoires Les musiciens du LSO font partie d’une race qui s’adapte à tout. Par exemple, … 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

Waiting for Christine…

I am at the moment sitting in a café opposite the Gare du Nord in Paris with an obligatory croissant and coffee, for which I am being charged a small fortune. I guess, to channel the ghostly words of Hemingway … Continue reading

Posted in Birmingham & Paris Mahler March 2011, Gareth Davies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Exit stage left

Mahler’s Third Symphony is always an event, partly due to the size of forces needed and the space required. The famous opening with the horns in full flight is truly astonishing writing and the power unleashed by Gergiev’s hands in … Continue reading

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