The amazing National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. It has been a privilege to play here for the last couple of days.

Photos: Maxine Kwok-Adams, David Jackson, harryhanmfm (on Instagram) and Allison Limq (on Twitter).
Did you know: the current Lord Mayor of London Andrew Parmley is an organist and former head of music? – the first ever musician to hold the post in over 800 years of Lord Mayors. Find out more about him in Choir and Organ Magazine: [ Link ]

During his year as Lord Mayor he has chosen to support LSO Discovery, our music education and community programme, alongside St. Paul's...
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Encounters: Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of the City of London - Rhinegold
It's very kind of the restaurant to translate their menu for those of us who find Mandarin beyond our skill set, but not sure it's really helping...

Spotted in Beijing by Maxine Kwok-Adams.
"Maurice Murphy our Star Wars hero once remarked that he loved airport lounges. Why's that Maurice? "It's one of the few places you can't hear a trombone warming up!"."

As we prepare to play at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing tonight, Nigel Broadbent's latest blog looks into the differing warm up routines of the LSO (and shows the horn section warming up in rather a...
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Warm up ... warm down
Meanwhile, Chris Richards and Joost Bosdijk are already testing the rules in Beijing!

Photo: Chi-Yu Mo
Farewell Seoul; hello Beijing!

Straight down to business today after arriving from South Korea this afternoon. The British Ambassador in Beijing, Dame Barbara Woodward, co-hosted a reception for our supporters for this leg of the tour in China – Reignwood and China Taiping – joined by the Lord Mayor of London Aldermen Andrew Parmley and his guests. Roman Simovic and Carmine Lauri were on...
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Great to spend part of the day with some very eager school children from Seoul. They visited us at the Seoul Arts Center today and chatted with some players before watching the rehearsal for the concert. A big thank you to HSBC Korea and 영국문화원 British Council Korea for setting up the visit.

Photos from Charlotte Clemson.
Scenes from today's concert in Seoul, where we opened the UK-Korea 2017-18 year of culture 'Creative Futures' with a concert featuring the Korean premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's trumpet concerto Håkan conducted by Daniel Harding.

Thank you to our supporter HSBC Korea and 영국문화원 British Council Korea for making this such a memorable visit.

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Touring is such a great opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and skills with people on the other side of the world. While we've been in Seoul it has been a joy to be hosted by our colleagues in the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (서울시립교향악단), who arranged masterclasses for students over the weekend. Principal Horn Tim Jones and Co-Principal Percussion Tony Bedewi visited on Saturday, and today...
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What have we been up to today in South Korea? Couldn't possibly tell you! We've been at a private concert for a supporter in Yongin, about an hour or so away from Seoul. No photos were allowed.

So instead, have a read of Nigel Broadbent's blog today. The hi-tech lavatories in the far east are legendary, but Nigel's had a bit of a run in with one. Yes, this is truly life on tour: [...
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Earlier in the month LSO Second Violin Julian Gil Rodriguez was guest soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia. Playing the Korngold Violin Concerto, all was well. Watch what happened next: [ Link ]

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Nerves of steel.


Today has been a day off in Seoul, a chance to get over the jetlag and enjoy the sights of this fabulous place before we get stuck into the concerts tomorrow. Some opted for mountain climbing (in the middle of winter!), others for a bit of shopping; whilst Principal Flute Gareth Davies launched his book The Show Must Go On in a new Korean translation with a signing, Q&A and recital.

A few...
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First violinist Nigel Broadbent has spent 38 years in the LSO. As you can imagine, he has loads of stories and has had plenty of time to observe the ins, outs, ups and downs of life in an orchestra.

He retires at the end of the year, and has started a blog to tell some of his cache of tales. Like this one: the touring game of 'Who's First Onto the Plane' with its top level contestants Carmine...
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Today's Flight to Korea
What a lovely welcome to Seoul. Great to be back! Now to acclimatise before we get stuck into the concerts on Sunday.

Photo: Maxine Kwok-Adams
Check out our latest blog post about LSO Live’s latest release Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Classic FM’s Album of the Week! Read about it here [ Link ] and listen now here [ Link ]

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - London Symphony Orchestra, Monteverdi Choir & Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Today we depart for an 18-day tour taking in South Korea, China and Vietnam. It's a bit of a special one - firstly we'll be launching the UK-Korea Year 2017-18 in Seoul, and secondly we'll be the first British orchestra to play in Vietnam. Exciting times!

Follow the tour in tweets, Facebooks, Instagrams, videos, words and pictures on this Storify: [ Link ]

LSO on Tour: Korea, China & Vietnam, February & March 2017 (with images, tweets) · londonsymphony
Rachmaninov Symphony No 2 tonight. So it's time for this photo of Rachmaninov on a boat with his daughters. c/o [ Link ]
A great pleasure to have Håkan Hardenberger with us this evening for the UK premiere of the eponymous concerto by Mark-Anthony Turnage.
This year's Brighton Festival looks amazing, and particularly on Saturday 13 May if we do say so ourselves : [ Link ]

Looking forward to being back in Brighton. See you there.

London Symphony Orchestra / Sat 13 May / Brighton Dome Concert Hall / Brighton Festival
Happy 70th birthday John Adams (Composer)! Many happy returns of the day.

Photo taken by Andra East last December, when we celebrated John's birthday with two performances of his works, El Niño and Scheherazade.2.