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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down., 16 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Show Must Go On: On Tour with the LSO in 1912 and 2012 (Hardcover)
I have just finished reading Gareth Davies' brilliant and fascinating book....I didn't want it to end. He is a very fluent and skilful writer and is obviously a perfectionist not only in flute-playing but in his literary output. The LSO are indeed fortunate to have such a multi-talented musician in their ranks.

There is humour, pathos, passion and a deep knowledge of music and musicians; this is no lightweight day-by-day calendar of life in a famous orchestra but a moving and in many ways, personal story. Life in a famous orchestra is no sinecure. Gareth writes with candour and emotion about how a professional career as a musician on tour with the LSO impacts on family life not only in the present day, but in the LSO of 100 years ago. He has obviously researched his subject very thoroughly. He deals with such diverse matters such as keeping fit whilst on tour and dealing with the various ways in which the orchestra's conductors approach the works they perform. I found the two accounts in Ch.17 of colleagues who had passed away particularly poignant as were the effects of illness which Gareth has also had to endure.

If nothing else, this book ought to ensure we don't take our wonderful orchestras for granted. This is a real page-turner of a book and one which I'm sure will appeal to musicians and music lovers across the spectrum.
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