Forty years ago today, on 25 May 1977, a film was released in cinemas that would go on to become one of the most important and influencial films of all time – and not only in film making. For Star Wars marked a new era in large orchestral soundtracks and the start of a new era of recognition for the London Symphony Orchestra.
Chris McCormack on the endlessly fascinating blurring of acoustic and electronic
On Saturday 27 May at LSO St Luke's, LSO Soundhub composers will be showcasing some of their new works – seven in all, by seven composers. In this blog, composer Chris McCormack, whose work Fields will be premiered at the concert, explains how he combines the worlds of acoustic, live and electronic and how the friction between them has created his unique soundworld.
François-Xavier Roth continues his series After Romanticism on Sunday 23 April. We caught up with the newly-announced LSO Principal Guest Conductor to talk about the series, his new appointment, the Panufnik Composers Scheme, and why he thinks the LSO is the best French symphony orchestra at the moment.
On 28 April we welcomed a new member to the Orchestra – third trumpet Niall Keatley. Regulars at LSO concerts might recognise his name and face as he has played frequently with the section for many years, so we're delighted that he is now a full member. We asked Niall to introduce himself.
After nearly 30 years as the man in the Principal Tuba seat, Patrick Harrild's last official day as a Member of the London Symphony Orchestra has dawned. Tonight he'll play his last concert – Mahler 7 with Gianandrea Noseda and Berg Violin Concerto with Janine Jansen – before he heads off into retirement.