'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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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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Artist Spotlight: Insights from LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies

On Friday 13 May LSO Principal flute Gareth Davies takes to the stage at LSO St Luke's to perform some of his favourite chamber music for the instrument alongside recital partner Michael McHale, in a concert in partnership with BBC Radio 3. We spoke to Gareth about his instrument and what to expect from the concert.

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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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Artist Spotlight: Introducing Nicholas Daniel

On Friday 6 May 'one of the greatest oboists of our time', Nicholas Daniel, graces the stage at LSO St Luke's as part of the Artist Spotlight series in partnership with BBC Radio 3. We recently spoke to him about his early life as a musician, curating the music in the concert and his relationship with recital partner, pianist Huw Watkins.

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