Winter Watch Parties: An interactive experience with Vialma and the LSO

If you're interested in forging a deeper connection with our musicians and performances then there's no better way than through Vialma's exclusive Winter Watch Parties, including our next collaboration coming up next week.

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Setting Shakespeare to Music

On Thursday 25 November and Thursday 16 December the LSO celebrates all things Shakespeare with music inspired by some of The Bard’s most famous works: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and King Lear.

To mark the occasion, we take a closer look at how music featured in Shakespeare’s drama, how his audience experienced music and different interpretations of his plays in classical music.

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Hollie Harding on her LSO Jerwood Composer+ concert and new piece, FERAL

On Saturday 13 November composer, curator and LSO Jerwood Composer+ participant Hollie Harding presents an evening of ecologically-inspired music at LSO St Luke's. Hollie has paired works by other contemporary composers exploring the complex relationship between humans, sounds and environments, along with her and director Joshua Ben-Tovim's brand new audio-visual piece FERAL.

Ahead of the concert, we talked to Hollie about the concept behind her event, what sorts of combinations of sounds and visuals we can expect, and the other projects that have been keeping her busy. 

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Soweto Kinch: Music Can Bring Us Together

On Friday 19 November Soweto Kinch and the LSO perform the world premiere of his work White Juju at the Barbican as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Interviewer James Drury spoke to Soweto recently to find out more about his music, style and inspirations.

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'It is in my blood': Antoine Tamestit on Jörg Widmann's Viola Concerto

The viola: an often-overlooked instrument within the Orchestra. This October, as the focus of the LSO Artist Portrait, French viola player Antoine Tamestit is on a mission to change that and make people fall in love with the instrument. The repertoire over three concerts at the Barbican, and four BBC Radio 3 recitals for viola and ensemble at LSO St Luke's, couldn't do more to show audiences the wide range of sound, emotions and personalities of the viola.

On Sunday 31 October Tamestit performs Jörg Widmann's Viola Concerto. In this interview by Ariane Todes, Tamestit tells us how this theatrical, colourful and emotional, concerto written especially for him came about, and what we can expect from a piece where the violist quite literally travels through the Orchestra.

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