The LSO’s autumn 2021 season: a retrospective

Writer and journalist Paul Driver looks back over the LSO’s concerts during autumn 2021.

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LSO Live: an evolving partnership with Marquee TV

It is rare to find an arts organisation that has truly flourished in the face of the difficulties of the past two years, but in the realm of the digital concert hall things have been a little different.

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Tales From the Podium with Nathalie Stutzmann

What makes a great conductor? Musicality, ambition, fearlessness? Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann has these qualities by the bucket-load. We spoke to her recently about her return to the Barbican stage on Thursday 27 January with a programme comprising Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Ravel. Read on to find out more about what drew her in to the world of conducting, her concert routines and what she's looking forward to most in 2022.

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The Barbican at 40

40 years ago this year, on 3 March 1982, the Barbican Centre opened its doors for the first time, with a performance by the LSO conducted by then Principal Conductor Claudio Abbado, marking their new role of Resident Orchestra of the City of London.

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Tangram’s Lunar New Year Premieres: Sticky Rice, Beijing Duck, and a Musical Party

London-based artist collective Tangram join us for their third Lunar New Year Premieres concert at LSO St Luke’s. Set up by yangqin player Reylon Yount and composer Alex Ho, who was part of the LSO Soundhub composer scheme in 2018/19, Tangram create new music exploring the relationship between China and the West. Sun Keting, whose work Erasure will be performed on the night, was on the Soundhub composer scheme at the same time as Alex.

In the lead up to the concert on Saturday 29 January 2022 at LSO St Luke’s, Tangram give us a glimpse of the celebratory spirit of the concert marking the Lunar New Year. We hear from commissioned composers Beibei Wang (BW), Vivian Fung (VF), and Tonia Ko (TK) about their favourite Chinese dishes, how they usually celebrate the new year, and a little about their music.

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