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‘There has to be some risk in order to feel the thrill of performing’

Ahead of his LSO Eclectica performance on Friday 6 July, cellist Li-Wei Qin told us about his surprising first foray into the cello, the perils of playing along to sped-up Rostropovich recordings, and how he banished any nervousness when performing live at two Olympic games.

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Take 120 musicians and put them in Trafalgar Square...

Nicole Wilson, violinist, broadcaster, journalist and founder of Musical Orbit, has been following our young musicians from LSO On Track and the Guildhall School as they get ready for a busy and exciting few days.

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Why the piano sounds so old and what we can do about it.

With his Open Ear debut coming up on Saturday 30 June, Joseph Havlat explores the problems with contemporary music for solo piano, and how he’s trying to solve them.

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BMW Classics: practical tips

BMW Classics, our free open air concert in Trafalgar Square, takes place on Sunday 1 July 2018 at 5pm. This will be our seventh annual event and is a fantastic opportunity to listen to the LSO, live and for free, in one of London's most iconic landmarks. 

If you're planning to come, here's a few practical tips which should help make everyone's evening run smoothly and be even more enjoyable.

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Conductor Duncan Ward on Stockhausen's Gruppen

On Saturday 30 June we will be heading to the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern for the first time to perform two epic sonic works – Messiaen's Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum and Stockhausen's Gruppen.

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