Prom 8 – Celebrating John Williams

I never thought I would get to use my tickets for prom 8 – but the flight gods smiled at the right time and I got a “reasonable” ticket price over for a quick 23hr jaunt to London.

Prom 8 was a celebration of the work of John Williams. We didnt get a chance to grab a programme on the way in – so were guessing as the lights went down what the running order would be. What we be a good opener, what would end the show well.

Nobody was disappointed. Starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark, ending with three pieces from Star Wars, and filled out with lesser known works in the middle from The Terminal, Catch Me if you Can & The Witches of Eastwick.

The soloists during the evening all came from the various BBC young talent programmes. There were great soloists – but some of their body movements were slightly off putting…..

The encore was a fantastic surprise, after finishing off the concert with the three star wars tracks, the crowd wanted more and more – so out came the Cantina Theme from the first star wars movie. A great big busting number to end the night.

The prom is on the BBC Iplayer if you have access here

The full programme :

John Williams
Raider’s March from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (5 mins)
Overture to ‘Goodbye, Mr. Chips’ (4 mins)
Main Theme from ‘Jaws’ (3 mins)
March from ‘Superman’ (4 mins)
Suite for Cello and Orchestra from Memoirs of a Geisha: No. 1 Sayuri’s Theme (5 mins)
The Tale of Viktor Navorski from ‘The Terminal’ (4 mins)
Dartmoor, 1912 from ‘War Horse’ (7 mins)
‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ – Hedwig’s Theme (5 mins)
A Child’s Tale: Suite from the BFG (5 mins)
Flying Theme from ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ (4 mins)


John Williams
Suite from J.F.K., 1st mvt: Theme from J.F.K (4 mins)
Prayer for Peace from ‘Munich’ (4 mins)
Dry Your Tears, Afrika from ‘Amistad’ (4 mins)
Devil’s Dance from ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ (5 mins)
Escapades (No. 3) for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra from ‘Catch me if you Can’ (5 mins)
March of the Resistance from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2 mins)
Rey’s Theme from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (3 mins)
Main Title from ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ (4 mins)

moving bass to treble clef

The bain of main life are musical notes in base clef. At a slow speed I can read and play it, but at high speed – nah. It never quite works out well enough. Previously to convert the notes – I had used to a *cough* dodgy *cough* version of a windows based notation program and a licensed version of PhotoScore from Neuratron.

Since I dont have a windows VM any more on my mac it was time to look for alternatives. This time I tried the open source software MuseScore. I scanned my notes with PhotoScore, saved into XML and imported. A few clicks later and some tidyup and I had the treble clef notes I wanted.

It took a few attempts to get the MuseScore installer downloaded due to some ftp disconnects – but have the patience and give it a go.

By Etsnyman (Screenshot) [CC0 or GPL (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Etsnyman (Screenshot) [CC0 or GPL (], via Wikimedia Commons

finally getting the terrace sorted…

if you have visited chez phil since I moved in – the terrace has been nothing I concentrated on. this was the year to get this sorted. New sichtschutz, chairs, lights & plants! (the fresh herbs were great with breakfast this morning)

Its now a great place to unwind after work and people are taking bets if the plants will survive.

crossrail for munich

As much as I am waiting for crossrail to open in London – work has started on building the second tunnel through munich for the sbahn. Known locally as the zweite stammstrecke the new line should be ready by 2026. I really hope munich generates some fantastic new architecture around this line and not just grey boxes!

For those with BBC Iplayer access take a look at their insite into crossrail :  The fifteen billion pound railway

tickets for last night of the proms

Why post about the last night of the proms in May? I’m off to a wedding in the UK that happens to be a few nights before the last night, so I’ve started doing my research on getting hold of some tickets without having the time to be a full season ticket holder. My first option is gonna be the open ballot. Second option is going to be a resale website somewhere. Third option – dont know yet (but I might queue all day if the weather is dry and try for a promer ticket)

Theres a few other proms in the series I may try and head over for if I can get tickets which go on general sale May 13th. Prom 34/35 is John Wilson and his orchestra performing Oklahoma. His take on big tunes is fantastic and his musicians adds a huge sound to anything they perform.

MykReeve at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

kanban for home

Kanban was an idea by Taiichi Ohno from Toyota, which has adopted by Agile & Devops projects alike to manage workload.

Normally people keep this kind of method in the workplace, but has anyone used it successfully at home? Friends of mine used it on a project to build a new guest house in South Wales (The Grange) – but I wonder if its a suitable tool for me trying to organise my life here in Munich?

By Jeff.lasovski (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Thoughts or comments on the back of a postcard to the usual address please.

minieggs at easter

Cadburys Mini Eggs. Some people call them lush. Some people call them addictive.  Those same people liken them to the crack cocaine of the easter chocolate family. Since living in Munich – Cadburys mini eggs are not easy to get hold off.

Pre-Easter there is a big office collective order via Amazon UK. When supplies run low, its then what I can get in my car when I make my UK visit over Easter.

Have a thought. Spare some compassion Cadbury and send mini eggs to Germany.

Happy St. David’s Day

Happy St. David’s Day! 

By James Petts from London, England (Daffodils on St. David's day) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By James Petts from London, England (Daffodils on St. David’s day) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
For those who dont know, St. David is the patron saint of Wales.

St. David died on the 1st March in 589, and we have celebrated since the 12th century since he was made a Saint.

Google recognised the day with a special doodle in the form of a welsh love spoon. Richard Osman posted a great extract on twitter from his book “The Pointless History of the World”

“Wales is awesome, I think that is universally agreed. Quite apart from anything the Welsh are charming, funny and self-depreciating, and yet still manage to have a dragon on their flag. That is ballsy beyond belief.”