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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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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First Violin Maxine Kwok: Living through Lockdown

'The LSO is so much a part of me … I need to still feel it running through my blood.' Maxine Kwok – the self-described 'rainbow-haired violinist who is never knowingly underdressed' – tells us all about her first week living through lockdown, and how she's keeping positive with memes and recipe recommendations from her fellow first violins, a daily cultural fix and #shoesasorchestralworks.

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Works premiered by the LSO

During the course of the 20th century, the LSO premiered a range of works, some of which are familiar, and some that may come as a surprise! We put together a timeline for you to scroll through and take a look at a selection of these works.

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Béla Bartók on the streets of Oradea

'While Stravinsky, Schoenberg and even Stockhausen have all found devoted followers, Bartók is still (ask any marketer) a tough sell. Yet no modernist composer speaks more thrillingly, more boldly and more movingly. Once, that is, you’ve found the right key and turned it in the door.'

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