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A Lifelong Love of the Trumpet: Håkan Hardenberger

Regarded as one of the world’s leading soloists, trumpet player Håkan Hardenberger will be performing at LSO St Luke's on Friday 27 May 6pm as part of the Artist Spotlight series in partnership with BBC Radio 3, and at the Barbican on Thursday 16 June. James Drury caught up with Håkan about his passion for the instrument and for innovative new music.

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Artist Spotlight: Meet Annelien Van Wauwe

On Friday 27 May at 1pm clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe joins us at LSO St Luke's as part of the Artist Spotlight series in partnership with BBC Radio 3. Whilst Annelien is a much sought-after concert soloist, she really values the experience of playing chamber music and collaborating closely with other musicians. We spoke to her recently to find out more about her, her instrument and the her relationship with her recital partners. Read on to find out more.

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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. Last December he took centre stage as soloist at the Barbican, performing the Violin Concerto by Hungarian-American composer Miklós Rózsa, and on Friday 17 June he performs it all over again at LSO St Luke's!

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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'It is vital we protect them'. LSO viola Steve Doman on keeping bees

Friday 20 May is World Bee Day, a worldwide celebration of bees and beekeepers. It aims to raise awareness of how bees contribute to food security, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, the mitigation of climate change and the conservation of the environment.

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Silvestrov's Prayer for Ukraine: a musical response to war

On Wednesday 18 (LSO St Luke's in London) and Thursday 19 May (Brighton Festival), we perform works by Lili Boulanger, Marc-André Dalbavie and Tchaikovsky conducted by Marta Gardolińska. Marta has decided to add a short work to the programme, Silvestrov's Prayer for Ukraine, a work which is now receiving performances all over the world as an expression of solidarity with Ukrainian people.

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