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Meet the composer: Qigang Chen on studying with Messiaen, Chinese musical influences & more

Composer Qigang Chen has had an impressive career, which has seen him study with Messiaen, work with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Herbie Hancock (to name but a few), and take on the role of Director of Music for the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. Ahead of performing his piece L’Éloignement on Sunday 24 April, we caught up with the composer to learn a bit more about his musical influences and experiences.

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Six Pieces Inspired by Fairy Tales

Fairy tales, folk stories and all things fantastical have long been a source of inspiration for artists across the centuries. It is therefore unsurprising that a lot of classical music is based on these age-old tales.

On Sunday 24 April Xian Zhang conducts The Firebird and Ravel’s Mother Goose so we thought we’d take a closer look at six tales and the composer’s behind them.

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Welcome to our new LSO Fourth Horn, Jonathan Maloney

Last month, we welcomed our newest LSO Member, French horn player Jonathan Maloney. We took the opportunity to ask him a little bit about himself.


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My Barbican: Libby Rice

My Barbican is a feature in the Barbican's monthly guides, which asks members of staff and residents about their favourite and secret parts of the Centre and Estate. The April issue of the guide featured Libby Rice, our Archivist, who has been working for the LSO for over 43 years – before the Barbican Centre was opened! Here are Libby's favourite spots. See how many you know, and look out for them on your next visit.

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Happy Retirement Noël Bradshaw

On 10 April we say a fond farewell to Noël Bradshaw, one of our longest-serving Members having joined the LSO Cello section some 40 years ago! Before we wish him well on his retirement, his good friend Robert Turner, LSO Viola, quizzed Noël on composers, conductors, concert halls and more.


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