BBC Symphony Orchestra Tour of Japan 2018


Well, here I am in Japan on tour with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and our chief conductor Sakari Oramo. I was meaning to post this before I left, but as usual the days got away from me and I was on the flight before I knew it!

So far we’ve given concerts in Fukuoka, Hiroshima and Sendai! Tomorrow, Monday 5th March, we’re off to the Suntory Hall in Tokyo with a programme of Britten Sea Interludes, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the soloist Alina Pogostkina and Brahms Symphony no 1.

From Tokyo we travel to Kanazawa and the Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall on Tuesday before travelling to Osaka on Wednesday. In Osaka we have a change of programme for the concert at the Festival Hall. If you like big romantic works this is the one for you – Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no 2 with the soloist Yu Kosuge, and Mahler Symphony no 5.

Thursday will see us making our way to Kawasaki and the Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall (with the same programme we gave in Tokyo) before we travel back to Tokyo for a free day to catch our breath!

Saturday we have a concert in Nagoya at the Nippon Tokushu Togyu Shimin Kaikan – this time Rachmaninov and Mahler again. Then on Sunday 11th March and Monday 12th March – just in case you’ve  lost track of dates and times ( a problem I’m struggling with a little at the moment as you can imagine) we’re back at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo to round off the tour.

I’ve really enjoyed this tour so far and as usual in Japan, we’ve been greeted extremely warmly by our audiences. I’m hoping that when I have a moment I’ll be able to take some photos, to post and to remember this trip by, so it doesn’t just fly by in a blur of trains, planes, concert halls and hotel rooms!