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Ceri gets phone rage…

Thu 25 Aug 2011

Phone rage

Da-da-duh-duh, da-da-duh-duh, da-da-duh-duh-duuuh

Brrrrr-brrrr, brrrr-brrrrr

No I’ve not gone mad, I’m just re-enacting all the interruptions from the bustling audience in San Sebastian on Tuesday night. Having experienced this in the UK a number of times (we all remember the infamous incident at the BBC Proms a few years ago, when the bassoon solo at the start of the Rite of Spring was interrupted by the Nokia ringtone – and the conductor very rightly decided to start the piece again!), we experienced Tuesday night that Spanish audiences have the same addiction to being contactable for 24 hours a day. Personally, I just don’t get why people can’t turn their phones off for the 2 hours of a concert – would you leave your phone on in the cinema?  Plus once you’d seen how embarrassed the first offender was when their phone went off after the opening of Weber’s Der Freischütz Overture, why wouldn’t you madly check in your bag that your phone was well and truly silenced?  This must have happened about 5 times yesterday throughout the entire length of the concert! (To be fair the woman behind me did this, and spent at least 5 minutes loudly fishing around in her bag for it).

Other than the rude interruptions I can confirm that it was a stunning concert, and the orchestra did a herculean job after what must have been one of the most shattering travel days in recent history (Very early flight to Bordeaux, 3 hour coach journey, straight into rehearsal, concert, brief sleep, 6am coach back to Bordeaux…)

Let’s hope the Edinburgh audiences on Friday leave their phones at home!!

Oh and while I’m at it, why is it always the Nokia Tune?!

Ceri Jones, Projects Director

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Jurowski tour: Spotify playlist

Wed 17 Aug 2011

Vladimir Jurowski on the cover of the Beethoven DVD

Later this week we’re reunited with our Principal Artist, Vladimir Jurowski to start rehearsals for a tour with him. The first two dates of the tour take in San Sebastian and Edinburgh (for the festival), with a programme of Weber, Mendelssohn (the violin concerto with Alina Ibragimova) and Liszt’s epic Faust Symphony. While you may know the Weber and Mendelssohn, you may well not know the Liszt, so we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of the entire programme for your listening pleasure. More on the tour in due course…

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What a palava…

Wed 12 May 2010

Will’s asked me to write a few lines about our Beethoven 9 project (or ‘patch’ as we call it in the office) last month, but I’m not really sure where to start- it was extremely eventful!

It started off as a concert in London on the Friday, followed by a concert in San Sebastian on the Sunday. First change: San Sebastian ende

d up being Valladolid. Then the Spaniards decided they wanted a concert in Madrid on the Saturday and possibly in Barcelona on the Tuesday. Then the Barcelona concert was scrapped. At this point we were very sad to hear that Sir Charles Mackerras was unwell and could not do our concerts, so the hunt was on for another conductor, who could do all three.

Fortunately Ilan Volkov came to the rescue, so back to the grindstone to organise those last minute flight details. One week to go, and after months of hanging on to finalise the details we thought we were finally there, and then,

the Madrid concert was cancelled! Unfortunately it was too late to change our flights to go a day later so the orchestra were very pleased to find out they had a free night in Madrid (especially as this was the night of THE big football match – Madrid vs Barcelona…). With the Madrid concert cancelled we had some last minute changes with the instrument transport and we enrolled Bonzo ‘our man with a van’ to truck our instruments to Spain for us (we now had an extra day to do this and it is a lot safer for the instruments than flying).

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