2. RLPO Japan Tour 2015 – Saitama

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.

RLPO 'Bumper' Horn Chris Morley meaning business!

RLPO ‘Bumper’ Horn Chris Morley meaning 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. Back stage at the Omyia Sonic City Concert Hall

Pictured above… Back stage at the Omiya Sonic City Concert Hall – RLPO Bass Players Nigel Dufty & Ashley Frampton to the fore!

Accidents will happen! RLPO Principal Percussion Henry Baldwin during rehearsals for The Rite Of Spring!

Accidents will happen! RLPO Principal Percussion Henry Baldwin during rehearsals for The Rite Of Spring!

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.

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1. RLPO Japan Tour 2015 – Tokyo

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RLPO Principal Horn Chris Morley. Pete Richards next to him and RLPO Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko in the background

RLPO Principal Horn Chris Morley, on his catastrophone (Wagner Tuba) getting ready for the Japan Tour rehearsing the Rite of Spring by Stravinsky.

My Japanese 'Beer' T-shirt! There is no written word for beer in Japanese, so these are the symbols for wheat & alcohol. This t-shirt would be accompanying my on the tour

My Japanese ‘Beer’ T-shirt! There is no written word for beer in Japanese, so these are the symbols for wheat & alcohol. This t-shirt would be accompanying my on the tour

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.

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Principal Second Oboe Ruth Davies with her husband, RLPO Platform Manager Ian Doran

 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.

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Classic fm Celebrates 175 Years of The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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.
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RLPO Tour Of Japan – 2015

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!

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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.

Programme A

Shostakovich : Festive Overture

Rachmaninov : Piano Concerto no. 3

Shostakovich : Symphony no. 10

Programme B

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.

Champion!

TOKYO! – FIRST DAYS IN JAPAN

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Trombone Humour!

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Billie Holiday With Trumpet…

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The RLPO Trumpet Section…

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Ever Wondered How To Date Your Vincent Bach Mouthpiece?

My great friend, trumpeter Aneel Soomary, has sent me the following link for ‘trumpet junkies’! Both Aneel and I are having some work done on mouthpieces in Japan, by world famous mouthpiece guru Toshiaki Kameyama. I will be taking a bag full of mouthpieces for both of us to Toshi’s atelier following the RLPO tour to Japan next week. I will be having some copies made of my best mouthpieces and buying some new upgrades which will be custom made for my needs.

So I could make myself aware of how old and consequently differing, my Bach mouthpieces are I went to the Following link…

HOW TO DATE YOUR BACH MOUTHPIECES

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Discerning Dog!

Here is a snap of Scooby, my English Springer Spaniel, on the grave of the founder of the famous Liverpool Welsh Choral Union. The grave of Harry Evans is one of many in nearby Toxteth Cemetery belonging to famous citizens of Liverpool. Musical philanthropist Alfred Rodewald is nearby…

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Jazz Humour! – Gary Larson – Just The Best…

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