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First Violin Maxine Kwok: Happy Star Wars Day!

'Today is May 4th, or to fellow geeks out there, Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th, May the Force … get it? … ok, never mind. Today, more significantly, marks seven weeks since the Orchestra was brought to an abrupt halt, the longest General Pause of our careers so far.'

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Gustav Mahler in profile

'The symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.' We took a closer look at the life of a musical genius: Gustav Mahler.


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First Violin Maxine Kwok: Finding the good in the past week of lockdown

'Good Friday. What’s particularly good about it this year? The weather is gorgeous, I have had more lovely chats in this last month than possibly the rest of 2020 so far, but moreover, myself and my family are healthy.' Maxine Kwok reflects on another week living in lockdown and the moments that made her smile last week.


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Bells and whistles... and clocks: unusual instruments onstage

In this article, originally published in LSO Friends Insight, Jari Kallio talks about not-so-conventional instruments which have graced the Barbican stage... 


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Scala Radio’s Sam Hughes Picks her Music for Mindfulness

When life is chaotic and full of noise, music can transport you to a place of tranquillity and peacefulness. That’s why at 2.15pm each day on Scala Radio, I take the chance to enjoy a Mindfulness Moment, as we indulge in the meditative nature of music.


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