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Meet Rufus Isabel Elliot
Composer, musician and member of the LSO Jerwood Composer+ scheme: meet Rufus Isabel Elliot.
Who was Alexander Scriabin, the philosopher, mystic and egotist?
Alexander Scriabin may be best known for his orchestral masterpieces, but what were his unconventional beliefs about the universe? What made him so popular with the 1960s psychedelic movement? And why was he responsible for a brawl in Soviet Russia?
What was Leonard Bernstein's relationship with the LSO?
From his first concert in 1966, to becoming LSO President in 1987, Leonard Bernstein had a close relationship with the LSO that spanned 24 years.
Five of Bernstein's Best Recordings with the LSO
From Mahler’s Symphonies to his own Candide, here are just five highlights of Leonard Bernstein’s recording sessions with the LSO.
Seven times classical music was used in film
Delve into this list of iconic classical music pieces featured in film which you may recognise.
Five Reasons to Love Janáček's Jenůfa
There’s lots to love about Jenůfa, the opera that propelled Czech composer Leoš Janáček to fame, from its dramatic plot and multi-dimensional characters, to the colourful, folk-inspired music.
Four new Soundhub Members Announced
Welcoming the four new composers on the LSO Soundhub scheme: Amy Crankshaw, Delyth Field, Luke Mombrea and Jasmine Morris
Welcome to Jonathan Hollick, our new trombone player
This month we welcome a new member to the Orchestra, Jonathan Hollick, who joins the Trombone section.
LSO Jerwood Composer+ – new composers announced
Welcoming the two new composers on the LSO Jerwood Composer+ scheme: Rufus Isabel Elliot and Anselm McDonnell.
Our conductors introduce the programmes they’ve curated in the 2023/24 season.
Sir Antonio Pappano: The 2023/24 Season
‘I worked with the LSO for the first time in 1996, at Abbey Road Studios, to record an opera. I’ll never forget the first down beat, when the orchestra just exploded with activity and panache and derring-do. It felt like I’d gotten into a Ferrari and pushed the gas pedal down!’
Sir Simon Rattle: The 2023/24 Season
‘This is music that suits the LSO so perfectly, with their virtuosity, passion, and their sense of humour and refinement.’
Gianandrea Noseda on the 2023/24 Season
‘What is crucially important when we perform is to be able to tell a story, to be narrators,’ says Gianandrea Noseda, LSO Principal Guest Conductor. He introduces his 2023/24 season, including music by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Carl Orff.
François-Xavier Roth – the 2023/24 Season
‘As a conductor, I always want to have contact with new music. Reading and studying a new score is like musical fitness – it’s stimulating for my eyes, for my brain, and for my music-making, and it affects my reading of the older music.’
Michael Tilson Thomas – the 2023/24 Season
Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas’ relationship with the LSO spans over five decades – and it is a partnership that grows more rewarding every time he returns. ‘The LSO has been part of my life since I was 24 years old,’ he says. ‘The spirit of the orchestra remains much the same today.’
Barbara Hannigan – the 2023/24 Season
Barbara Hannigan, LSO Associate Artist, opens the 2023/24 Season at the Barbican with four electrifying concerts. Here, she introduces her concerts.
André J Thomas – Gospel Explosion
‘Gospel music does not apologise. It comes straight out, fiery and quick. It’s like lighting a firecracker – you start with a sizzle and that’s it.’
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