Tour Diaries

January 21st, 2011

Synergy represented by: Micaela Haslam, Amanda Morrison, Rachel Weston, Heather Cairncross Andrew Busher, Gerard O’Beirne, Michael Dore, Simon Grant “For the second time this year, the weather scuppered our travel plans (though not as drastically as in April).   Most of us flew out to Amsterdam the night before our first rehearsal, and all our various […]

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January 7th, 2011

Once again we had just one rehearsal for our Sinfonia with LSO – at London’s Barbican this time. After our Berlin triumph in September, it felt as though we’d been doing the piece together for years, and I get the feeling that Daniel Harding (conductor) will be doing the piece again before too long […]

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October 23rd, 2010

I flew to Aberdeen the night before the concert to take advantage of the cheaper flight + extra hotel night combo, rather than the more expensive (very early start) flight on the day […]

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September 3rd, 2010

Our first rehearsal with the LSO at St Luke’s in London turned out to be our only rehearsal for this performance of Sinfonia. Daniel Harding (conductor) was new to the piece but you wouldn’t have known it. He and the orchestra were in excellent shape before we showed up to put them all off […]

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April 15th, 2010

Our arrival into New York was slightly chaotic. We’d flown from LA, separately from the players and arriving at a different terminal of JFK. Little did we know how complicated it could be, and how long it would take to hook up with the players’ bus, but we got there in the end […]

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April 13th, 2010

Synergy represented by Micaela Haslam, Amanda Morrison, Rachel Weston, Heather Cairncross Andrew Busher, Gerard O’Beirne, Gabriel Gottlieb, Paul Charrier “Well, it was touch and go as to whether we’d have any sopranos at all for La Commedia. Poor Mandy got caught up in the US visa system, so by the time Will and I flew […]

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February 20th, 2010

It was a lovely sunny day when we met for Drumming (round 2) – this time in Birmingham. Amy and I took the same train from London – much too early as it turned out, as the rehearsal time had been changed since I booked the tickets […]

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February 16th, 2010

Our first get-together with “Col & the Gang” in nearly 2 years was to be on Valentine’s Day – ah! The last time we all met was in April 2008 in Perth, where we performed Drumming in the wonderful concert hall there […]

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October 31st, 2009

Having worked with London Sinfonietta on their first Music for 18 Musicians (without conductor) in April 2008, we were delighted to be involved in this re-run with the man himself – Steve Reich. Fortunately, we had most of last year’s players – crucially Tim Palmer on vibraphone and Tim Lines (cue-meister) on 1st clarinet […]

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October 31st, 2009

A slightly bleary-eyed Synergy contingent stepped off the Eurostar in Brussels on a sunny Thursday morning in October. As Heather, Rachel, Amy and I arrived at our hotel we were faced with what looked like a building site. We soon realised this was the current look of Brussels in the midst of improvements to their transport system […]

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