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On tour with Sir Simon: a preview

Mon Jun 13 2011

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Sir Simon Rattle

Well today is the first day of our latest project with our Principal Artist Sir Simon Rattle (pictured conducting us a few years ago in Budapest). Of course everyone is *quite* excited about it. We’re touring a concert of Mozart and Haydn, which also features pianists Katia & Marielle Labèque playing the Mozart Concerto for two pianos.

This afternoon and evening sees our first rehearsal with Sir Simon (he’s coming to us straight from a project with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), with further rehearsals Wednesday and Thursday (we have a rehearsal of Rinaldo for Glyndebourne on the Tuesday). That evening we’re off to Brussels – staying the night there and onto Luxembourg on Friday. We give a concert in Luxembourg Friday night before travelling onto Paris for a concert there on Saturday. We’ve also just found out that we’re going head to head with the London Symphony Orchestra that night – we’re at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, while they are at the Salle Pleyel – and we’re even staying at the same hotel!

Sunday morning we travel back to London before flying to Dublin for a concert at the National Concert Hall on Monday night. Then it’s an early flight back Tuesday to London and the final concert of the tour at the Royal Festival Hall.

It’s going to be an exciting week and we’re going to try and bring you as much news as possible along the way. Make sure you also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear the latest.

4 Comments

  • Head to head with us?! Same hotel?! Oh dear. I think it’s best that we agree to keep goings on between ourselves. We also travel back to London on Sunday morning. I guess it’s going to be relatively quiet on the Eurostar!

    LSO Mon Jun 13 2011
  • ooh, maybe we’re even on the same Eurostar! Which one are you getting? It’s like a romantic get-away between orchestras. Lets hope the others don’t find out…

    oaeblog Mon Jun 13 2011
  • 9.25 on sat, 9.13 on Sun. I’ll be waiting with a flute, champagne and er…flutes!

    LSO Mon Jun 13 2011
  • Yep – same train back! There definitely needs to be some kind of picture!

    oaeblog Tue Jun 14 2011