Tag Archives: Paris

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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Ladies and Gentlemen…please welcome the Chairman of the London Symphony Orchestra

I couldn’t help noticing the sign on our bus as we left Germany for Paris at the weekend. Just in case you are reading this on a smartphone and it is too small, the sign says ‘Comedy Tour’! As I … Continue reading

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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

The train rain refrain

As an encore at the recital the other night, we played a little melancholy Welsh folk song. Simple but effective in its main aim of bringing a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. A member of … Continue reading

Posted in Gareth Davies, Luxembourg/Paris November 2010 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mission Aix – a PM’s perspective

Project Manager Craig Thorne gives us a progress update… I certainly can’t take all the credit for Plan C – I must mention everyone in the Discovery team who pulled together to make it happen: Paul, Elie, Becca and Laura … Continue reading

Posted in Aix en Provence education April 2010, Craig Thorne | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cutting the mustard in Dijon

 I don’t know what the French for joie de vivre is, but I left mine somewhere on the Barbican stage on Thursday night after Daphnis and Chloe. Well, really it was after a week which began 2 weeks earlier which … Continue reading

Posted in Dijon/Paris September 2009, Gareth Davies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

And now, the end is near…

So what better way to finish off a world tour than two nights in Paris. The embers of the tour began with a train journey from Cologne which was beautiful – well the bits I saw when I wasn’t asleep … Continue reading

Posted in Eastern Europe May 2009, Gareth Davies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Chez mon ou?

After C.S. lewis decorated my back garden last week, Paris seems rather drab. We arrived yesterday to a grey and miserable city, cloaked in a wet blanket of cloud; despite the travel nightmare which was last week in London, I … Continue reading

Posted in France/Germany February 2009, Gareth Davies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Back on the blog

Although I am in Basingstoke today, I shall not be filling you in on backstage gossip as it isn’t really a tour. However we travel to Paris on Monday with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Visit the site for regular blogs. … Continue reading

Posted in France/Germany February 2009, Gareth Davies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dusseldorf, Cologne and Chocolate

Since we last spoke, the LSO has been busy with Gergiev doing Mahler, Strauss and Mozart with Haitink, and Mozart and Brahms with Previn. It has been non stop, with a whistlestop trip to Paris that was so brief, I … Continue reading

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