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On master violin maker Antonio Stradivari

You don’t need to be a string player to recognise the name Stradivari. Famed the world over, Stradivarius violins are the crème de la crème of the string world, often generously loaned by foundations or private owners to leading violinists, who make sure we can all enjoy listening to these exceptional and unique instruments for years to come.

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Elgar's Cello Concerto: 100 Year Anniversary

On 27 October 1919, the LSO performed the world premiere of one of the most popular works in the repertoire: Elgar's Cello Concerto. It may be popular now, but it wasn't always the case...

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5 Reasons Why Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet is Unmissable

When I saw that a rendition of Berlioz’s choral symphony Romeo and Juliet was on the LSO calendar for November I was really excited. However, when I shared my enthusiasm with my friends I was met with deadpan expressions, and raised eyebrows: ‘Another Romeo and Juliet? Really?’ I refused to accept this, and thus I was inspired to write this article, to convince everyone why Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet is absolutely, 100%, 10/10 worth seeing.

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Amir Konjani: Eroded

Ahead of his final LSO Jerwood Composer+ event, Amir Konjani discusses the compositional techniques used in his concert, from shadowing and spatialisation to his musical Braille code used in the soundtrack for Oscar Award-winning short film The Silent Child.

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An interview with Alain Altinoglu

Alain Altinoglu, Musical Director of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, conducts a trio of Russian works on Thursday 10 October. Ahead of his appearance at the Barbican, we chatted about his time in Brussels, performing as a pianist and how he got into conducting.

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