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Two years on: In conversation with Niklas Benjamin Hoffman

In 2016, Niklas Benjamin Hoffman became the winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, after conducting the LSO in the Competition's final concert at the Barbican. Since then he has worked with the Orchestra as Assistant Conductor while establishing a diverse freelance career. We talked to Niklas about what happens over the three days of the Competition and what his advice is to the conductors who’ll be stepping onto the podium in 2018.

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The LSO in World War I: Armistice and Renaissance

Back in 2014 we began a project to uncover the story of the LSO and its players during World War I, marking the centenary of the start of the conflict. Four years later, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, we return to take a look at how the LSO was coping by the end of the War and what happened next.

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LSO Panufnik Composer Blog: Lara Poe

Lara Poe shares her experiences of the LSO Panufnik Composers scheme – including rare insights into orchestral playing and what it's like to compose music for the LSO.

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EnCue: in-sync programme notes via smartphone app

Half Six Fix is a different way to experience the LSO. First-hand insights from the conductor, a relaxed atmosphere, great music, and the full impact of the London Symphony Orchestra – all in 60 minutes.

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Charles Hamilton Sorley: 1914–15 in Letters

On Sunday 4 November the LSO performs James MacMillan’s poignant memorial to the fallen of World War I, All the Hills and Vales Along. The piece sets poetry by the solider Charles Sorley, who was killed in action in 1915. We took a look at how he was affected by the war through his letters and personal correspondance.

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