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About ten years, or so, ago I was helping out a brass band when the conductor stopped the whole band and said to me, “… Is vibrato totally alien to you, or what?!”
The RLPO were up bright and early today to make our first ride on the famous Japanese Bullet Train. Very punctual and very swift!
The venue for our fourth day in Japan and our third concert was Biwako Hall for our Shostakovich and Rachmaninov programme.
The RLPO JAPAN TOUR 2015 continues a pace. The second concert is taking place in Yokohama at the Minato Mirai Hall. The programme the orchestra and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko will be offering on this occasion is…
Stravinsky : Firebird Suite (1919)
Prokofiev : Piano Concerto no. 3 (soloist : Nobuyuki Tsujii)
Stravinsky : The Rite of Spring
The day began extremely well for me. I am so impressed with politeness of the people here and the standard of service both in the hotel and in all the restaurants and bars. The attention to detail is fantastic. This was my choice for breakfast today…
The coaches departed the ANA Intercontinental Hotel in Tokyo at 1.30pm to arrive in Yokohama for 2.30. Half an hour for lunch before having our two hour rehearsal prior to concert no. 2 at the Minato Mirai Hall. Half of this rehearsal would be to give Nobuyuki a good run through for Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 3 and the other halt to ‘top and tail’ The Rite of Spring and The Firebird.
Saitama is the capital and the most populous city of Saitama Prefecture in Japan, situated in the south-east of the prefecture. Being in the Greater Tokyo Area and lying 15 – 30 kilometres north of central Tokyo it is probably just about as far time wise as taking a coach from Manchester to Liverpool. Many of its residents commute into Tokyo for work and business.
Omiya Sonic City in Japan has many multi-purpose halls that provides an ideal location for a diverse range of cultural activities. From concerts by world-class artists and orchestra to opera, ballet and rock, the venue provides an ideal site for all genres of entertainment.
Pictured above… Back stage at the Omiya Sonic City Concert Hall – RLPO Bass Players Nigel Dufty & Ashley Frampton to the fore!
The exhibition site is an area of open space that spread throughout the basement floor beneath Sonic City. Its broad space makes it flexible for many applications. It is used for corporate exhibitions and new product shows.
RLPO Principal Horn Chris Morley, on his catastrophone (Wagner Tuba) getting ready for the Japan Tour rehearsing the Rite of Spring by Stravinsky.
Yesterday, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra set off on our latest tour. This time, to Japan. In our 175 year history the RLPO has never been to Japan before. Many of the players have visited with other orchestras but this would be an entirely new adventure for me. Even though my wife is herself Japanese I haven’t been there before.So, for me this tour will be work, pleasure and personal.
The RLPO are giving eight concerts in seven cities. I will be meeting members of my wife’s family I haven’t seen before and we will be staying out in Japan for a further two weeks for our honeymoon, after the orchestra return to the UK.
Tonight at 8pm, presenter Catherine Bott continues the year-long series celebrating our 175th anniversary. Listen live or catch up at the link below.
Tonight’s concert showcases ‘The Dream Team’ of the Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko and pianist Simon Trpčeski, performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, in a concert recorded live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The programme also includes music by Beethoven, Haydon, Liadov and Mendelssohn.
Catherine Bott continues our year-long celebration of the 175th anniversary of Classic FM’s Orchestra in North West England – the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
On January 20th the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be setting off to Japan for a couple of weeks. The RLPO are 175 years old this year, the oldest professional symphony orchestra in the UK. This will be the first time the orchestra has visited Japan. The orchestra will be playing eight concerts in seven cities before returning home on the 31st January. I will be staying out there until February 14th as my wife is Japanese and we will be on our honeymoon, finally!
I will be writing the blog as per usual and will be informing all about the rehearsals, concerts, the journeys, what we see, what we eat and drink and any news at all. So, keep your eyes peeled on here for info about all the events as they happen.
The orchestra will be offering two programmes conducted by Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko.
Shostakovich : Festive Overture
Rachmaninov : Piano Concerto no. 3
Shostakovich : Symphony no. 10
Stravinsky : Firebird Suite
Prokofiev : Piano Concerto no. 3
Stravinsky : The Rite of Spring
The piano soloist for the tour will be Japanese megastar Nobuyuki Tsuiji.
After the tour finishes I will doing all the tourist things but also cramming in a couple of trumpet things. I will be picking up a trumpet from the 14 floor Yamaha Ginza, stopping off at the Trumpet Station and visiting legendary mouthpiece maker Toshi Kameyama for some bespoke mouthpieces to be made.
Further trips for the RLPO this year will be to to the Czech Republic and Romania.