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Friday 10 April 2015, 2pm BST
with LSO Leader Roman Simovic
Part of the LSO International Violin Festival

We kick off the LSO International Violin Festival with the chance to chat live to LSO Leader Roman Simovic. What's life like in the LSO? How does he balance this with his solo career? How do you get a career started? What difference does having a Strad make, and can you even tell the difference between an expensive violin and a cheap one?

Come and hangout with Roman. We have eight places for the public to join this Hangout (NB you will need to register if you are not already on Google Plus). To be in with a chance to take part, send us a question for Roman in one of the following ways:

1. Put a comment on the thread on Google+
2. Tweet us @londonsymphony with the hashtag #lsohangout
3. Send us a message via  our Facebook page
4. Email to

If you cannot take part in the actual Hangout we will be streaming the conversation live on our YouTube channel, and it will also be recorded for later viewing. You can ask questions via the comments fields on these pages, or tweet @londonsymphony using #lsohangout.

What are Google Plus Hangouts?

If you haven't already heard of it, Google has come up with a new social network called Google Plus, and within this they provide a great service called Hangouts.

These are live video streams between 10 people, in which everyone can be seen and heard. All you need is a computer, internet connection and a webcam with microphone. Headphones are also useful.

Find out more about Google Plus and join here.


Past Hangouts

Friday 24 May 2013, 4pm BST (see the time in your timezone)
with LSO First Violin Maxine Kwok-Adams and violinist Sarah Chang

Due to popular demand, Sarah Chang and Maxine Kwok-Adams returned for another Hangout. We talked about Sarah's high-profile career as a soloist, how she got started in music, how she and Maxine first met and what it takes to be a musician today.

Maxine and Sarah are great friends and joined the Hangout from the US, where they were on holiday together! 

> Watch a recording on YouTube

Tuesday 7 August 2012 7pm BST
with conductor Richard Kaufman and orchestrator Patrick Russ

A former Music Coordinator at MGM, Richard has had a long and distinguished career in movie soundtracks, and conducts on our latest LSO Live release of scores by Dimitri Tiomkin.

Richard chatted with orchestrator Patrick Russ, Tiomkin website administrator Warren Shirk, and soprano Whitney Claire Kaufman. The Hangout was hosted by Film Score Monthly UK Correspondent Tim Burden.

> Watch a recording of the Hangout on YouTube

Monday 2 July 2012 4pm BST 
with Sarah Chang and Maxine Kwok-Adams 

On 2 July we hung out with two violinists, and great friends, the international soloist Sarah Chang and LSO First Violin Maxine Kwok-Adams.

We were delighted that Sarah and Maxine gave up 45 minutes of their holiday together to chat live about their lives as musicians.

> Watch a recording of the Hangout on YouTube

Thursday 31 May 2012 4.30pm
with LSO Soundhub Composers

On 31 May we ran a Hangout with composers from Soundhub,the LSO’s new composer scheme.

We discussed the role of the audience in the creation and dissemination of new music, and the composition process - how much do composers consider the audience when writing a piece?

> Watch a recording of the Hangout on YouTube

Thursday 26 April 2012, 1pm
with Maxine Kwok-Adams and Rhys Watkins

Our first live Google Plus Player Hangout took place on Thursday 26 April 2012 with violinists Maxine Kwok-Adams and Rhys Watkins.

The topic for the Hangout was what to wear at a concert - both on and off stage. Should the audience dress up or not? Are the men's white tie and tails old fashioned and sending out the wrong message about classical music? 

> Watch a recording of the Hangout on YouTube

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