&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
16th February 2015
LPO February 2015 tour blog

Sunday February 22, 2015

MA: What a great way to  end our tour: a sold out concert at the Royal Festival Hall!  It was so much fun to make music with the LPO again, especially with an all Beethoven program.

No time to kick back, though- I’m already at Heathrow and about to fly to São Paulo to open the 2015 season there with Mahler 5!

I think the plane journey will have to serve as a mini vacation. A movie and some studying.












Friday February 20, 2015

MA: The concert last night in Eindhoven was fantastic.  We all loved the hall!  Another sold out, wonderfully enthusiastic audience, too!

Today I got a very special treat spending the day with my dear Belgian friends. Nicky volunteers at a donkey farm called De Kampenhoeve and brought me along to visit some of the animals – it’s nice to get some time out whilst travelling to see friends and enjoy some nature!

Tonight’s concert is in Bruges in a brand new concert hall. I’m really looking forward to it.  And then tomorrow, we’re off early to London on the Eurostar for our concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

I’m glad I have a long plane ride on Sunday to Brazil to catch up on my sleep and studying!

Photo (left): LPO truck being hoisted up to stage level for unloading. Why unload on the ground level into a lift when you can just lift the whole truck up?!

Photo (left): LPO truck being hoisted up to stage level for unloading. Why unload on the ground level into a lift when you can just lift the whole truck up?!













Thursday February 19, 2015

Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht

MA: Last night’s concert was a lot of fun.  The hall in Utrecht was very inviting to play in and we had another sold out, enthusiastic audience. After the concert I had a lovely catch up with friends from childhood (we all studied violin together when we were kids!). And then, after a short sleep, here I am in Eindhoven.

I’m hoping to find the gym before the musicians arrive.  They do seem to be a fit group: two of them cycle between cities and, when the distances are too large, they grab a train part of the way. I suppose they rest through the concerts? hmm…

Photo far right: trumpeter plays off stage for a section of Beethoven Leonore overture.





















Martin Hobbs (horn) and Stewart McIlwham (piccolo) cycled halfway between Groningen and Utrecht. They plan to cycle between Utrecht to Eindhoven!

Martin Hobbs (horn) and Stewart McIlwham (piccolo) cycled halfway between Groningen and Utrecht, and plan to cycle between Utrecht and Eindhoven!


Wednesday February 18, 2015

First night of the tour: De Oosterpoort, Groningen

MA: Yesterday was a pretty crazy day, but it ended with a terrific concert at a lovely hall for a packed, super enthusiastic audience! I landed in Amsterdam at 1pm; studied during the 2 hour car journey to Groningen; checked into the hotel and went right to rehearsal and concert – whew!

There was great energy from the LPO last night, especially considering that I take all of the repeats in Beethoven’s 7th! I adore Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and it’s a piece that I don’t often get to conduct, so what a treat to perform it with David Fray.

Today should feel like a vacation – I don’t have to leave the hotel until midday and then it’s just a 2 hour car ride to Utrecht where we have an hour sound check and concert. I’m looking forward to studying Mahler 5 en route and maybe even finding a gym to work out!

First day of the tour was great – on to tonight!












Tuesday February 17, 2015

Mingling with royalty and travelling to Amsterdam

MA: I had a great time last night attending a reception for Jude Kelly’s WOW festival at the Southbank Centre. It was hosted by The Duchess of Cornwall who is to serve as the royal president of the festival so it was a huge privilege to attend during my brief stop-over in London! It was a wonderful evening and I enjoyed catching up with Sandi Toksvig and Shami Chakrabarti amongst others. What Jude is doing with WOW is a real inspiration. I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone when I say we are so grateful she has connected us – there’s nothing like our spirited debate about everything!

Today I’m flying into Amsterdam and then taking a car to Groningen where I’ll be conducting the first concert with the LPO at De Oosterpoort tonight!












Monday February 16, 2015

Rehearsal, Fairfield Halls Croydon

MA: Today I’ve been with the LPO at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon! We’ve had a great day rehearsing Beethoven. The LPO are one of my favourite orchestras and we were joined by one of my favourite pianists David Fray – life doesn’t get much better! Tomorrow we’re off on tour, first stop Groningen in the Netherlands. Besides great music making, they are people who know how to enjoy life and each other so it should be fun! But before I head off I’m joining my great friend and artistic director of the SBC, Jude Kelly, for a big event promoting her WOW Festival (Women of the World) tonight. More on that later!

LPO Fairfield rehearsal











Sunday February 15, 2015

On Tuesday February 17 – Saturday 21 February 2015 Marin rejoins the London Philharmonic Orchestra to tour the Netherlands and Belgium. The tour will visit de Oosterpoort Groningen, the renovated Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and Concertgebouw Bruges on 17, 18, 19 and 20 February. Marin and the LPO return to London’s Southbank Centre, where she is Artist in Residence, for a final concert on February 21 at the Royal Festival Hall.

The all-Beethoven program comprises his Symphony No.7, Leonore Overture and Piano Concerto No.3 with pianist David Fray.