Cave-painting: my first lines for the launch at Khadambi’s House

I’ve never experienced a residency like this before, and I can’t imagine myself lucky enough to find another – it is truly in a land of its own.

In short, I’m creating music with the LSO and the National Trust in response to the breathtaking home of the late Khadambi Asalache at 575 Wandsworth Road – a polymath who wrote poetry, worked in the Treasury, was the son of a Kenyan chieftan, and, over thirty years, filled every wall of his house on Wandsworth road with self-made intricate wooden fretwork.

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Interview: David Afkham

As part of our Ones to Watch series of artist interviews Sarah Breeden caught up with conductor David Afkham ahead of his concert with the LSO at Barbican on Sunday 1 February 2015. His programme will include Webern's Passacaglia, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3 with Nicholas Angelich and Brahms' Symphony No 2.

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The winning post

The news is that Elim Chan has been awarded first prize in the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition.

At the start of the day I really couldn’t have told you which way the result would go – who would second guess a competition jury when the candidates all had grounds for optimism? Of course, that’s exactly what I tried yesterday when it came to predicting which three conductors would progress from round two. But perhaps it’s significant that the one person over whom the jury and I were in agreement turned out to be the eventual winner. That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway!

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Interview: Xian Zhang

As part of our Ones to Watch series of artist interviews we caught up with conductor Xian Zhang ahead of her concert with the LSO at the Barbican on Sunday 18 January 2015.

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almost there

That’s it, the rehearsals are over. Not only that, they are over 10 minutes early, thanks to Mihhail Gerts who generously lets the London Symphony Orchestra off the last part of his allotted time. So he certainly has the brownie points, not least because he also paid the players a massive compliment (that I didn’t catch exactly but which elicited an approving, growled “hear hear”).

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