Simon Oliver writes: What an opening concert!

In Manchester last night, after a hearty meal (with one of the biggest nan breads I've ever seen), we were all geared up to give the audience a thrilling performance. When the last movement came, and all the Philharmonia horns rose to their feet at the climax, nothing could stop us! The performance got them standing on their feet and roaring their approval.

We got back to London at around 1:30am and now have a day to recover before a second performance at the Festival Hall. Let's see if we can give our home audience even more tonight!

We received some nice press this morning for last nights performance. There are also a couple of interviews with Maestro Maazel you can read/listen to online, with the Manchester Evening News and for Classic FM.