Jennifer Brown plays her final concert as an LSO Member on 3 April, just a few weeks short of hitting 40 years in the Cello section. Rebecca Gilliver, LSO Principal Cello, penned a tribute to her colleague.
LSO Futures on Sunday 3 April is a feast of new music at the Barbican. It features the world premiere of a new Trumpet Concerto by Scottish composer Helen Grime, the UK premiere of Francisco Coll’s Violin Concerto, created especially for Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the world premiere of Sunfall by London-based Finnish composer Joel Järventausta. James Drury spoke to Joel to find out more about his new piece.
Emma-Kate Matthews is a current composer on the Panufnik Composers Scheme, and she will be workshopping her new piece A Study of Passing Objects In An Accelerating Landscape at the Panufnik Workshops on Thursday 31 March.
Read on to find out how she uses digital simulation as a compositional tool.
Contemporary British composer Helen Grime has had an illustrious composing career since her debut in 2007. Described as a composer who 'writes as though her music needs to be told' (The Guardian), the world premiere of her Trumpet Concerto night-sky-blue, written for and performed by virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger on Sunday 3 April, is one you won't want to miss. We spoke to Helen about her music, her inspiration and what to expect from the concert. Read on to find out more.
On Thursday 31 March at LSO St Luke's, the six composers of the 2020/21 LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme will experience a pivotal point in the process of writing a new piece for orchestra: for the very first time, their musical ideas will be performed by the full forces of the London Symphony Orchestra, and opened up to guidance and feedback from musicians, mentors and peers. Ahead of these free, public workshop sessions, we caught up with the composers to hear about their music and time on the Scheme so far.