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RLPO Japan Tour 2015 – Read About The Whole Tour!

My blogposts for the RLPO Japan Tour 2015 have proven surprisingly popular. It just goes to show the current marketing power of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and star piano soloist Nobuyuki Tsujii; both individually but … Continue reading

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RLPO Japan Tour 2015 – Day Six – A Day Off In Tokyo!

Just before I go into the ins and outs of today’s free day, have a butcher’s at Nobuyuki Tsujii, Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performing Rachmaninov Concerto no. 3 in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall a couple of months … Continue reading

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Pay peanuts…

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More Trombone Humour…

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Vibby Vibrato !

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?!” More recently, someone else said to me, … Continue reading

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9. RLPO Japan Tour 2015 – Fukuoka

One of the choices at breakfast today in the Nagoya Tokyu Hotel was the local delicacy of deep fried chicken in a little sweet chilli sauce. Very nice indeed! I had more than one portion… Today would be the third … Continue reading

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8. RLPO Japan Tour 2015 – Nagoya

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra assembled around 9.00am outside the ANA Intercontinental in Tokyo to catch the coaches to the train station. The RLPO would be travelling to our next destination and our penultimate concert, the seventh of eight, in … Continue reading

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7. RLPO Japan Tour 2015 – Tokyo 2

Our Stravinsky and Prokofiev programme for the RLPO Japan Tour 2015 was put to bed last night. I always enjoy playing The Rite of Spring. It was written just over a hundred years ago and sounds as fresh as a … Continue reading

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6. RLPO Japan Tour 2015 – Tokyo Concert 1

Today was day seven and concert number five for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on our Japan Tour 2015. This year marks 175 years since the founding of the RLPO and part of our celebrations includes a healthy amount of … Continue reading

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