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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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Bach to Bach Mahler

The final day of the tour and we have a bit of a marathon to run, or hobble at any rate. Leaving the hotel at 6.45 am after a concert the night before in Lucerne, we get on a bus … Continue reading

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Train Tension

The orchestra sat in near silence on the train this morning. The tension rising with the outside temperature as we sped through the mountains. I haven’t felt this much pressure on a train since Sue Mallet was on a trip … Continue reading

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Megaron and the enormous organ

Another year, another blog. Yes, I know its February but this is the first time I have managed to put virtual pen to…er…virtual paper. I was looking through some of the old blogs the other day which date back to … Continue reading

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Time to go home

If you have been reading this blog since 2008 you may recall one of my postcards from our last Japanese tour which was in awe of the ability of the management out here of locating lost property including clothing, used … Continue reading

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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

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Maurice.

The relentless schedule which we undertake in this orchestra is tough. It forces you into a way of life which simply sounds ridiculous when you try and explain it to anyone outside of the orchestral world. The hours are long, … Continue reading

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