Tangram’s Lunar New Year Premieres: Sticky Rice, Beijing Duck, and a Musical Party

London-based artist collective Tangram join us for their third Lunar New Year Premieres concert at LSO St Luke’s. Set up by yangqin player Reylon Yount and composer Alex Ho, who was part of the LSO Soundhub composer scheme in 2018/19, Tangram create new music exploring the relationship between China and the West. Sun Keting, whose work Erasure will be performed on the night, was on the Soundhub composer scheme at the same time as Alex.

In the lead up to the concert on Saturday 29 January 2022 at LSO St Luke’s, Tangram give us a glimpse of the celebratory spirit of the concert marking the Lunar New Year. We hear from commissioned composers Beibei Wang (BW), Vivian Fung (VF), and Tonia Ko (TK) about their favourite Chinese dishes, how they usually celebrate the new year, and a little about their music.

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Rachmaninoff & Friends: Introducing Our New Chamber Series

‘Melody is music,’ wrote Rachmaninoff, ‘the basis of music as a whole, since a perfect melody implies and calls into being its own harmonic design’. The Russian composer, pianist and conductor’s passion for melody was central to his work.

It is exactly this that we shine a light on in Rachmaninoff & Friends – our chamber music series from LSO St Luke’s with BBC Radio 3. In January and February we will hear music from Rachmaninoff and his contemporaries performed by Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore, Trio Wanderer, Olena Tokar and Igor Gryshyn, and Boris Giltburg.

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Happy retirement Dominic Morgan!

Principal Contra-Bassoonist Dominic Morgan has been a familiar presence in the LSO Bassoon section since 1994, and today we wave goodbye as he retires from the orchestra. We asked Principal Bassoon Rachel Gough to pen a tribute to her colleague.

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Inspired to Break the Rules

Composer Unsuk Chin’s first Violin Concerto was hailed as ‘the first masterpiece of the new century’, so the excitement about her new work is immense. Interviewer James Drury spoke to the composer about what inspired her new piece.

Unsuk Chin's world premiere will be performed by Leonidas Kakavos conducted by Sir Simon Rattle on Thursday 6 January at the Barbican and the concert will be available to watch live on Medici TV

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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. On Thursday 9 December he took centre stage as soloist at the Barbican, performing the Violin Concerto by Hungarian-American composer Miklós Rózsa (streaming on Marquee TV from 20 January 2022).

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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