Tag Archives: classical music

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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The Gesticulating Tourist

Walking around Beijing, I find it hard to tell whether my lips are numb because of the cold, snow-laden wind blowing in my face, or the Szechuan peppers which were liberally sprinkled on my lunch. If you’ve never had them … Continue reading

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I’m a Seoul Man…

The cultural differences between nations are never more pronounced that when in transit. The British, being a nation of enthusiastic queuers, are left apoplectic with rage when confronted with a country full of people who do not understand this basic … 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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Force 10 from Dalston

There was a distinctly end of term feeling in Munich last night. We may not have been playing any carols but the spirit was there, and it wasn’t just the Gluhwein from the snow covered Christmas market. The orchestra, as … Continue reading

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Can you hear the singers Gareth?

“Gareth! How does it sound?” Sir John Eliot Gardiner is turning around on his rostrum and asking my opinion on the balance rehearsal in Hamburg. On stage are the vast forces needed for Beethoven’s 9th symphony, although with John Eliot … Continue reading

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Shopping in the dark just isn’t cool

I always miss my family, especially in New York where there are so many things I would like to share with them. It doesn’t seem right going up the Empire State Building on my own without my wife and/or the … Continue reading

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Bad light stops play…eventually

Regular readers of the blog will not be surprised to know that I am writing this having just watched Wales destroy Namibia in the Rugby World Cup. My Welsh father and a childhood involving many trips to Cwmllynfell to see … 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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