Tag Archives: LSO

Fringe Benefits

The atmosphere created in a city by a festival is almost indescribable. If you were in London during the Olympics recently, you’ll know that it felt like a very different place indeed, Londoners were polite, cabbies let you pull out … Continue reading

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New wine in old bottles

“Good morning sir…oh, it’s you! I think I spoke to you yesterday didn’t I?” So says the the thin young man with a wispy post pubescent attempt at a beard and a complicated haircut as he accosts me outside the … Continue reading

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Karol by Candlelight?

Unless you’ve been camping in the wilderness recently, you will have noticed that the LSO has been in the news. I’m sure by now most of you will have seen our contribution to the Olympic Games in London; what an … Continue reading

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Higgs, Boson and Walker Ltd

Writing this last blog from the final tour before the summer holiday, it seems appropriate that rather than sitting in yet another hotel room writing to you, I am speeding on a train through the Surrey Hills. Despite the glorious … Continue reading

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Another Hot Night

If you’ve ever had the misfortune to spend prolonged periods of your life in the glittering half life of the back stage area of any concert hall around the world then you will be familiar with the scene I am … Continue reading

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The rite to music

When the ghosts of music past are looking over your shoulder, the steely glare of silence falls upon the orchestra and the conductor makes a minute gesture for you alone begin the concert, this is the moment when the men … Continue reading

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Life is like a box of chocolates

Brussels. The centre of European bureaucracy and, if you read the right newspapers, the enemy of our proud British traditions. Leaving the Euro debate alone for the moment, Brussels has been accused at various points in the last decade of … Continue reading

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