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Panufnik composer Jonathan Woolgar: Writing for a full symphony orchestra

Over the course of the last twelve months, eight emerging composers on the Panufnik Composers Scheme have been experimenting with writing music for a full symphony orchestra. With support and guidance along the way from renowned composers Colin Matthews and Christian Mason, these eight artists have each developed a piece roughly three-minutes in length, all of which will be performed and discussed by the LSO and Principal Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth in two public workshops in March. But what does it take to follow in the footsteps of giants like Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mahler? Panufnik composer Jonathan Woolgar shares his thoughts with us.

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40 years on: an interview with Jennifer Brown

Long-standing LSO cellist Jennifer Brown tells us about her career in music and how orchestral life has changed since the 1980s.

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Lumos! Casting light on Paul Dukas

François-Xavier Roth explains why he's championing the music of under-celebrated French composer Paul Dukas

The idea of this programme is to focus on the work of a composer who is very famous and yet at the same time unknown. Dukas is such an important figure in music history – not just in France, but around the world. Unfortunately, he didn’t write very much, but what he did compose is brilliant, and influenced many other composers – Messiaen and Dutilleux, for example.

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Vilde Frang on Britten's Violin Concerto

'I only encountered the Britten Violin Concerto for the first time in 2003, when I heard Maxim Vengerov and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich on the radio. I was mesmerised. Britten’s music was rather a late discovery for me, but it immediately spoke to me in an irresistible language that I had never heard before. I remember the feeling of despair and drama that came across – a romantic violin concerto in 20th-century language.'

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An interview with Karina Canellakis

After making history last year as the first woman to conduct the First Night of the BBC Proms, and now enjoying her first season as Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Karina Canellakis makes her way to the Barbican on Sunday 8 March for a lush programme of Ravel and Strauss. Ahead of the concert, we caught up with the conductor to chat about her concert season so far, her experience as a violinist-turned-conductor, and to hear her thoughts on the concert programme put together. 

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