A memoir of the London Symphony Orchestra on tour, focusing on their historical first visit to America in 1912 and their most recent US tour earlier this year. Gareth Davies, Principal Flautist at the LSO, tells the remarkable story of a groundbreaking expedition through recently discovered diaries, archive material from London and New York and newspaper reports from the time. Against this is set a behind-the-scenes account of the LSO's contemporary US touring schedule, which finds that a surprising number of the same challenges remain. We join Gareth and his colleagues as they contend with airports, volcanoes, travel strikes, illness and even life and death situations. As well as vivid descriptions of sitting centre stage surrounded by music and working with Haitink, Gergiev and Sir Colin Davies, we get to glimpse into the backstage goings on and see inside the mind of a professional musician as never before. Written by someone at the heart of the action, we follow the travels of two musicians, a century apart in the same orchestra. The show does go on.
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
."..very entertaining and informative book." -- Audiophilia.com; "Davies writes engagingly and fluently as a perceptive observer of orchestral life with a keen eye for entertaining detail."--Classical Music Magazine, Books of the Year 2013; "An entertaining comparison between the high-octane life of a professional musician today and what it was like for his LSO forebears."--FT Books of the Year 2013, Financial Times; "This deftly written, insightful and at times poignant travelogue deserves the widest circulation." Five Stars --Julian Haycock, BBC Music Magazine; "A gentle dip into a musician's high pressure lifestyle" - FT's pick, Music summer reads 2013 --Financial Times