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And now…the end is near..

Finally, after almost two weeks away, we are back home. In fact, it’s longer than two weeks because this trip came straight on the back of Edinburgh and Lucerne/Salzburg. A grand total of 20 concerts in 26 days. Upstairs at … Continue reading

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The line of beauty

This is a very hard trip indeed. Somebody told me that we have done 20 concerts in 26 days in many different countries since we came back for the closing ceremony of the Olympics. I would like some clean clothes, … Continue reading

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Back Desk Solos

Leaving the lovers of Verona and arriving in Berlin only one hour later is a shock. The ancient stones of Italy and the marble walls of the amphitheatre seem a long way away as we arrive at the hotel which was … Continue reading

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Star Crossed Shoe Boxes

Back in the real world, it’s back to school for my kids and thousands of others as the long, languorous days of the summer holiday fade away. The collective tension of thousands of shoe shop workers around the country increases … Continue reading

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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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Some in tents music making

Do you remember those I-Spy books from the 1970s? Maybe they still make them, I’m not sure, but I had a small collection for the long car journeys to visit my gran in South Wales. For those of you who … Continue reading

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The Sound of Magic

Cinderella finally danced with her Prince, he found her again, the glass slipper fitted and they all lived happily ever after, once they had completed Prokofiev’s numerous waltzes. As we all left the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday night, she … Continue reading

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Fringe Benefits

The atmosphere created in a city by a festival is almost indescribable. If you were in London during the Olympics recently, you’ll know that it felt like a very different place indeed, Londoners were polite, cabbies let you pull out … Continue reading

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New wine in old bottles

“Good morning sir…oh, it’s you! I think I spoke to you yesterday didn’t I?” So says the the thin young man with a wispy post pubescent attempt at a beard and a complicated haircut as he accosts me outside the … Continue reading

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Karol by Candlelight?

Unless you’ve been camping in the wilderness recently, you will have noticed that the LSO has been in the news. I’m sure by now most of you will have seen our contribution to the Olympic Games in London; what an … Continue reading

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