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Six things you should know about Bohuslav Martinů

Whilst Czech composers Dvořák, Smetana and Janáček are firm concert favourites here in the UK, it is quite rare to hear the music of their fellow compatriot Bohuslav Martinů. The composer’s music and his biography are not what you might expect.

Read on to find out more about Bohuslav Martinů’s life and hear some of his music at the Barbican on Wednesday 6 October, when Antoine Tamestit opens his LSO Artist Portrait by performing his ravishing, late Rhapsody-Concerto, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.


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The London Symphony Orchestra residency at Konzerthaus Dortmund

On Friday 24 & Saturday 25 September we play the first concerts and run the first outreach activities of our new residency at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, Germany.

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Anton Bruckner: Who he was, and why his music continues to thrill

Anton Bruckner came from a humble village background and rose to become one of the Greats of classical music. Critics consider him a master of harmonic and rhythmic invention, a radical counterpoint to what had gone before.

Delve into the Austrian composer's life, inspiration and why his music continues to captivate us today, ahead of Sunday's concert at the Barbican: Bruckner's Journey to the 'Romantic' Symphony, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.


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Green Thinking – Our LSO Truck

Great Big Green Week

As a part of the Great Big Green Week – a nationwide celebration of action on climate change, taking place across the UK from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 September – the LSO staff team and members are taking time this week to think, act and learn more about eco-friendly practises, both within and outside of the LSO.

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Lucy Crowe on childhood, lockdown and performing with the LSO

soprano Lucy Crowe

Our Autumn 2021 season starts this weekend! And acclaimed soprano Lucy Crowe bookmarks our September to December series of concerts from our Barbican home with performances on 12 September – including the world premiere of Exiles by Julian Anderson, Natural History by Judith Weir and Vaughan Williams’ A Pastoral Symphony – and on 16 December, with Mahler’s blissful Symphony No 4.

Ahead of it all, Hannah Fiddy spoke to Lucy about how her goals and aspirations have shifted during lockdown, being bullied as a child and her thoughts on the pieces she’s singing with the LSO.

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