It’s the tour blog 100 years late…

Hi Blogfans

Just in case you hadn’t seen it, today is the day exactly 100 years ago that the LSO left Euston station and went to America. They avoided going on the Titanic because of a change in schedule and spent weeks touring America and Canada. We were sent a diary which was written by Charles Turner who was the timp player in the orchestra at the time. It describes his adventures in the new world and the reaction of audiences to that groundbreaking trip. I have taken his diary and condensed the best bits into tweets just like we do now so that you can follow his progress around America in real time- 100 years later exactly.

The regular blog will be back soon when we start racing around Europe for your pleasure. Until then, have a look here!/lsoontour1912

See you soon



About LSO

The London Symphony Orchestra is one of the world's top orchestras. Our home is at the Barbican Centre in the City of London where we play over 80 concerts every year, but we also spend quite a bit of time out on the road, touring all over the world. Recently we have toured to Germany, France, Russia, New York, Japan, Holland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Lithuania; and coming up this year are China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, Portugal, Florida, Romania and a return visit to New York, where we are resident at the Lincoln Center.
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5 Responses to It’s the tour blog 100 years late…

  1. i am LOVING this twitter feed – and retweeting it, writing about it on my website and facebook, etc… What a resource! Thank you for posting it!
    One question: in a couple of places, Turner writes that someone “gives the bird” or “gets the bird” (Nikisch, in fact, gets one after he gives the Basses a hard time). In my era and part of the world (Iowa, late 20th C to present) this expression means “making an obscene gesture with the middle finger.” Perhaps that is what the double-basses did to Nikisch, but perhaps the expression meant something different back then. Anyone up to speed on London dialect in 1912. and able to clarify what Turner meant by this? Thanks again!

  2. LSO says:

    Hi Bernard, thanks so much for the comment, very glad that you’re enjoying the diary.

    It seems that the etymology of the phrase ‘giving the bird’ is booing and hissing, like a goose, as opposed to the more obscene gesture we know these days. It was apparently in use in the music hall/vaudeville era – 1920s – to get someone unpopular off the stage. We can probably assume that giving the bird to the Maestro was more like tutting or grumbling loudly enough to be heard!

    Thank you so much for the support for this project, I hope you enjoy the remaining entries.
    Best wishes
    Jo Johnson, LSO admin.

  3. Jo – Thank you for that fascinating and brilliant – and entertaining!- reply – now it all makes sense! IAnd it’s been posted at and tweeted @IPRClassical !) BTW, I noticed a page with the itinerary and programs for the tour – perhaps your readers would find this interesting – I’d guess that these five programs cover all the works played:

  4. lookgeet says:

    nice blog for tour.i like in your preasation by bloging

  5. LSO says:

    Thanks Bernard, will have a look at that. Your own readers may be interested in out Pinterest board on which we’ve gathered a few bits of archive material from the tour – photos, reviews and some pages scanned from the official tour programme This particular one has the schedule and numbers of programmes: We do have the list of repertoire in the archive but it seems I haven’t uploaded it here – I’ll have a look tomorrow when I’m in the office and see if I can copy it here for you.
    Very best wishes

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