Seven pieces by American composers to listen to now

American music is often most closely associated with the birth of jazz, Motown, RnB and rap, but the country has also given rise to some of the most inventive classical composers around.

On Sunday 12 June Sir Simon Rattle celebrates the classical heritage of the US with exciting music from Gershwin and John Adams. Read on for a whistlestop tour of seven pieces by seven American composers that you should listen to now!

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A Lifelong Love of the Trumpet: Håkan Hardenberger

Regarded as one of the world’s leading soloists, trumpet player Håkan Hardenberger will be performing at LSO St Luke's on Friday 27 May 6pm as part of the Artist Spotlight series in partnership with BBC Radio 3, and at the Barbican on Thursday 16 June. James Drury caught up with Håkan about his passion for the instrument and for innovative new music.

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'It is vital we protect them'. LSO viola Steve Doman on keeping bees

Friday 20 May is World Bee Day, a worldwide celebration of bees and beekeepers. It aims to raise awareness of how bees contribute to food security, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, the mitigation of climate change and the conservation of the environment.

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Artist Spotlight: Meet Annelien Van Wauwe

On Friday 27 May at 1pm clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe joins us at LSO St Luke's as part of the Artist Spotlight series in partnership with BBC Radio 3. Whilst Annelien is a much sought-after concert soloist, she really values the experience of playing chamber music and collaborating closely with other musicians. We spoke to her recently to find out more about her, her instrument and the her relationship with her recital partners. Read on to find out more.

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An interview with Roman Simovic, LSO Leader and soloist

Roman Simovic has been Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2010. Last December he took centre stage as soloist at the Barbican, performing the Violin Concerto by Hungarian-American composer Miklós Rózsa, and on Friday 17 June he performs it all over again at LSO St Luke's!

Hannah Fiddy spoke to Roman about the stress of being a musician, tips for managing a heavy workload, the music he listens to at home, and how being a soloist with the LSO compares with being Leader.

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