Meet the Composers: Panufnik Workshops 2022 (Part 1)

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.

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Matthew Gibson: my memories of the Barbican

The Barbican Centre reaches its 40th anniversary on Thursday 3 March, and we are gearing up to celebrate having a permanent home and the benefits that this has brough to the LSO.

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Barbara Hannigan's Got Rhythm

On Thursday 17 February conductor and soprano Barbara Hannigan returns to the Barbican in a transatlantic celebration of all things theatrical with music from Copland, Offenbach and Weill.

The performance is tied together by dance rhythms and stage motifs, transporting us from the racy burlesque and can-can, to the waltz and habanera. Read on to delve deeper into the origins of just some of the dances and styles which will be featured on the night.

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Seven Things You Didn't Know About Sibelius

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is a musical figurehead in Finland and the world over. On Sunday 8 May Dima Slobodeniouk conducts Sibelius' Symphony No 2 at the Barbican alongside Sofia Gubaidulina's Offertorium performed by Baiba Skride.

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Seven times John Williams wowed the world – and it wasn’t on a film!

It seems unbelievable, but the pre-eminent film composer John Williams turns 90 today.

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