Always Playing: Coffee Sessions

Short performances, with music chosen by LSO musicians, performed and recorded at home. Coffee Sessions are released every Monday morning and are the perfect length for you to grab a cup of coffee and take a short break.

Monday 13 July

Second Horn Angela Barnes and pianist Caroline Jaya-Ratnam perform Hunter's Moon by Gilbert Vinter for our twelfth Coffee Session this week. The piece was performed as part of Angela and Caroline's online recital for the LSO Friends at LSO St Luke's. 

Monday 6 July

For this week's Coffee Session, we welcome LSO violin Rhys Watkins with his wife Rowie on cello (and their little baby cooing in the background! ), performing an arrangement by composer Simon Parkin of Paganini's Caprice No 24. Grab your flat white and enjoy! 

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Monday 29 June 

We have reached our 10th LSO Coffee Session. This week we have a specially recorded performance from LSO Principal Harp Bryn Lewis. He is performing the first movement of Street Through A Window a piece written in lockdown by Joe Bates following workshops as part of our Panufnik Composers Scheme. We hope that you enjoy the great intros and demos from Joe and Bryn, and can take a quiet moment to enjoy this piece on a busy day.

The LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme was devised by the Orchestra in association with Lady Panufnik, in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik, and generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust.

Monday 22 June 

In our ninth LSO Coffee Session we have a cross-continental collaboration between LSO double bass player Jani Pensola, LSO violinist Julián Gil Rodríguez and Jarmo Julkunen. They perform an arrangement of a Finnish tango by Toivo Kärki. It's a tango... but not as you know it!

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Monday 15 June 

Today it is a family affair in the Coffee Sessions. LSO Co-Leader Carmine Lauri invites you to his debut performance of Henryk Wieniawski's Souvenir de Posen Op 3, accompanied by his daughter, Francesca Lauri.

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Monday 8 June 

We have reached week 7 in our Coffee Sessions. This week our Principal Percussion Neil Percy performs Locke Down a piece that he composed for percussionist Joe Locke. So, grab a cup of something and enjoy!

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Monday 1 June

In this week’s coffee session LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies will have you seeing double as he is joined by a familiar face to play a movement from W F Bach's Duo for two flutes in F major.

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Monday 25 May 

For our fifth Coffee Session LSO Co-Leader Carmine Lauri invites us into his home this week for a feast of Spanish food and music, with Zapateado by Pablo de Sarasate featuring Simon Hester on piano.

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Monday 18 May

This week's edition of the LSO Coffee Sessions features LSO violinists Julián Gil Rodríguez and Alix Lagasse who perform Diaz's El Caleruno. Grab a coffee, sit back and take a journey to Bogotá, Colombia this Monday. We hope you enjoy.

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Monday 11 May

LSO Co-Leader Carmine Lauri invites you into his home for this week's Coffee Session. Performing Henryk Wieniawski's Polonaise de Concert Op 4, accompanied by pianist Simon Hester. Pop the kettle on, and sit back and enjoy.

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Monday 4 May

In this week's session, LSO Violin Rhys Watkins and cellist Rowena Calvert perform Csárdás by Italian composer Vittorio Monti. We hope you enjoy!

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Monday 27 April 

Our very first Coffee Session features LSO violinists Alix Lagasse and Julian Gil Rodriguez who perform an arrangement of the last movement of Vivaldi's Concerto grosso in D minor.

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