Tag Archives: orchestra

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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Life is like a box of chocolates

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Gareth Davies, Paris & Brussels May 2012 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Ecstasy of Wifi

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 … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Ce soir, première

Sir Colin Davis. Un nom, une légende musicale vivante. Un homme d’une grande simplicité aussi. Qui réussi l’impossible, sans jamais se départir de sa gentillesse, son humour, et son élégance. Chapeaux bas pour avant – hier soir, où nous avons … Continue reading

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Perdu…in translation.

The more astute amongst you will note that I have made scant comment in my periodical postcards of the other opera which is being performed here in Aix. Mozart, I hear, was quite a clever chap. He knew how 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

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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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