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First Violin Maxine Kwok: Living through Lockdown

'The LSO is so much a part of me … I need to still feel it running through my blood.' Maxine Kwok – the self-described 'rainbow-haired violinist who is never knowingly underdressed' – tells us all about her first week living through lockdown, and how she's keeping positive with memes and recipe recommendations from her fellow first violins, a daily cultural fix and #shoesasorchestralworks.


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Music to stay in to

Marketing Coordinator Steven shares music he’s been enjoying as the LSO administration works from home.

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The idea of North: a musician investigates social distance

Glenn Gould is perhaps best known for recording keyboard works by Bach, and in particular the Goldberg Variations – first in 1955 and again in 1981. In the recordings, the Canadian pianist can be heard humming along to melodies.

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Writer Recommendations: Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey

While we are unable to perform live at the Barbican and our favourite venues around the world, you can still enjoy the iconic sound of the LSO through our huge catalogue of recordings. We asked some of the writers we work with to tell us their favourite LSO recordings, and what it is that makes them listen time and time again. Stay tuned for regular recommendations from some of the names behind our programme notes, artist biographies and content. 


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Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Robert Schumann

In 2018, Sir John Eliot Gardiner launched his Schumann cycle, recorded for LSO Live, with concerts at the Barbican and on tour in Germany. In an excerpt from a conversation with David Nice, he introduced us to Robert Schumann's orchestral music, which we are bringing to your living rooms this Thursday (26 March 2020).


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