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Lunar New Year Premieres: LSO composers – past and present – tell us about a night of new music

What better way to ring in the Lunar New Year than with new music? Following a sold-out debut in January 2019, artist collective Tangram return on 25 January to interweave folk melodies with brand new compositions. We caught up with composers Raymond Yiu, Jasmin Kent Rodgman and Alex Ho – all LSO composers of past and present – to find out more about the music we'll hear on Lunar New Year.

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Bass instincts: an interview with Jonathan Roozeman and Lauri Porra

When we first had the idea for Baroque at the Edge back in 2017 and were thinking of the kinds of acts we might invite, it’s safe to say that the idea of a cello and bass guitar combo was not one that occurred to us. But, you know, as musicians out there get to hear of us, so we get to hear of them, and thus it was that we came across Jonathan Roozeman and Lauri Porra.

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An introduction to Beethoven's Christ on the Mount of Olives

In the words of Sir Simon Rattle, Beethoven is ‘absolutely inescapable’, especially as music-lovers around the world celebrate 250 years since his birth. Who can claim not to recognise the stirring chorus of ‘Ode to Joy’ or the melancholy second movement of his Symphony No 7, which has amassed a substantial number of references in popular culture? Yet even the most ardent Beethoven fans may find themselves scratching their heads at the mention of Christ on the Mount of Olives…

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Introducing the LSO's Community Gamelan Group


No musical training? No sight-reading skills? No worries! The Indonesian gamelan is the orchestra where the only entry requirement is a love of rhythm.

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What happens at an LSO Discovery Singing Day?

On one of the first drizzly Sundays in autumn, LSO Choral Director Simon Halsey rehearses Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives in a singing day at LSO St Luke’s.

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