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Six pieces of music inspired by Henry VIII and his wives

Sunday 4 July marks the last concert in our BBC Radio 3 Artist Portrait series. Soprano Louise Alder and pianist Joseph Middleton will perform Libby Larsen's Try Me, Good King, songs drawn from the final letters and speeches of Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard. Ahead of the concert, we take a look at music from history, TV and cinema that has been inspired by Henry VIII and his six wives. 

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Maxine Kwok, First Violin, on being back at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

This month the LSO is embarking on its first international engagement in 16 months, since the pandemic began. LSO First Violin Maxine Kwok tells us how it feels to be back at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence to perform Wagner's Tristan and Isolde and the world premiere of Kaaija Saariaho's Innocence.


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LSO Discovery Youth Choirs: What they are, and how to join

Youth choirs performing in LSO St Luke's

With applications to join the LSO Discovery Youth Choirs closing on Friday 25 June, we asked those involved in the choirs – the conductors, staff, accompanists, and young people themselves – to tell us all about what makes it so special to them.


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What happens after the Panufnik workshop: Joe Bates on re-writing Muted the Night

Workshop day is often described as the culmination of the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme, but really its a stop on the road to finalising a new piece. Joe Bates tells us all about what he learnt in his workshop in March 2021, and how he's been revising his piece since then.


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In conversation with composers Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Charlie Piper

This Sunday's LSO Futures concert is devoted to the music of our time, particularly highlighting the composers we have seen through the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme. Two of those are Charlie Piper and Ayanna Witter-Johnson, who participated in the scheme over ten years ago. We spoke to them about the pieces in Sunday's concert, how it feels to listen to them ten years after they were written, and the excitement of experiencing music you've never heard before! 


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