Heads up!

You might have noticed that we haven’t posted here since last October – hopefully you have followed us over to our new blog, where Gareth has continued to write about his experiences on tour. Please bookmark that site instead!

In case you haven’t, we wanted to let all our blog followers know about the launch of Gareth’s book, The Show Must Go On: The LSO on tour in 1912 and 2012. Here’s what Gareth has to say about it:

“I mentioned a project that I was working on earlier and at last the time has come to share it with you properly. I know many of you follow this blog and have done since it started way back in 2007. Among the thousands of views it has had, I have been encouraged by many of you to continue writing and many suggested that I write a book. Some of you may have seen an article I wrote for BBC Music Magazine a few months back about the discovery of some diaries from the LSO tour to the USA in 1912. After reading them, I couldn’t help thinking that things hadn’t changed that much in a hundred years of touring and in many ways, the diary of timpanist Charles Turner read a little like a tour blog from the past. I had intended to write an extended blog about the difference and similarities between our experiences but as I delved deeper, the article got longer and longer and…well in short, I have written a book. As you are my longest standing readership, you have the chance to get hold of a signed copy before anyone else by clicking on the cover image below. I’ll tell you a little more about it another time and also we will be running a competition for a few of you to get a golden ticket to come to the book launch at LSO St Luke’s on 28 May.


I have to confess that I am a little nervous about the whole enterprise, it’s not something I had ever considered until recently. However, it felt like the right time to ignore the warnings and step outside of the comfort zone.”

The book is on sale now on the LSO website at £10 (+P&P). We have a limited run of 500 copies to sell at this price which will be signed by Gareth, and will be posted to you immediately, before the official release date of 30 May.

If you have enjoyed this blog over the years, you will certainly enjoy this book! And see you on the new LSO blog 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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