Rachmaninoff & Friends: Introducing Our New Chamber Series

‘Melody is music,’ wrote Rachmaninoff, ‘the basis of music as a whole, since a perfect melody implies and calls into being its own harmonic design’. The Russian composer, pianist and conductor’s passion for melody was central to his work.

It is exactly this that we shine a light on in Rachmaninoff & Friends – our chamber music series from LSO St Luke’s with BBC Radio 3. In January and February we will hear music from Rachmaninoff and his contemporaries performed by Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore, Trio Wanderer, Olena Tokar and Igor Gryshyn, and Boris Giltburg.

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Inspired to Break the Rules

Composer Unsuk Chin’s first Violin Concerto was hailed as ‘the first masterpiece of the new century’, so the excitement about her new work is immense. Interviewer James Drury spoke to the composer about what inspired her new piece.

Unsuk Chin's world premiere will be performed by Leonidas Kakavos conducted by Sir Simon Rattle on Thursday 6 January at the Barbican and the concert will be available to watch live on Medici TV

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Welcome to our new Principal Trumpet: James Fountain

Revealing our newest Member of the Orchestra: James Fountain! As LSO Principal Trumpet, James follows in the footsteps of some of his brass-playing heroes including Philip Cobb, Maurice Murphy, Rod Franks, Howard Snell and Willie Lang. We spoke to James to find out more about his journey to the hot seat.

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Happy retirement Dominic Morgan!

Principal Contra-Bassoonist Dominic Morgan has been a familiar presence in the LSO Bassoon section since 1994, and today we wave goodbye as he retires from the orchestra. We asked Principal Bassoon Rachel Gough to pen a tribute to her colleague.

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Welcome to our new Principal Cello: David Cohen

We are so happy to welcome our new Principal Cello to the LSO family! David Cohen hails from Belgium, and alongside a very busy solo career has held the position of Principal Cello of the Philharmonia, Artistic Director of the Melchoir Ensemble and the founder and Artistic Director of the chamber music festival, “Les Sons Intensifs”, not to mention Professor at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Mons in Belgium and Trinity Laban in London.

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