13 May 2011

Michael Fuller writes: Next stop on our tour is Paris, so this morning we're taking the train from Luxembourg after a nice two-day stint here. Having more than one day in any city is a luxury for the Philharmonia on tour and three days in Paris is even better! What's more typical is what we'll doing in Germany next week, which is seven concerts in seven days in seven different cities. But no need to think about that now! In Paris we've got three great programs ahead of us in the famous Théatre des Champs-Elysées which is a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower. It's a theatre steeped in history where the scandalous première of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring took place. We'll be playing Mahler's Sixth, Seventh and Fifth symphonies on successive nights.

After the performance of the Seventh on Saturday we'll have done Symphonies 1-7 in the last month. It's been an amazing journey so far, and there's much more still to come. It's times like this, playing some of the greatest music ever written at such a high level, that I really feel lucky to be able to do this for a living. It's the payoff for all of those years toiling in the practice room, hoping that some day you will win a job in a great orchestra. Getting to go to places like Paris as part of your work is also a bonus! I'm looking forward to exploring the city in our free time this weekend, hoping to discover a great brasserie, take in some masterpieces at the Musée d'Orsay or maybe revisit some of my favourite churches like Notre Dame Cathedral or the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre.