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LSO International Violin Festival: Meet Isabelle Faust


The LSO International Violin Festival continues on 7 May, with a performance of Brahms’ great romantic Concerto. Soloist Isabelle Faust makes her LSO debut with this cornerstone of the violin repertoire; we find out more about her – and her instrument – in this blog.

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LSO International Violin Festival: Meet Nicola Benedetti


As the LSO International Violin Festival continues into May with a performance by Nicola Benedetti, we find out more about this violin star and the concerto that is a centrepiece of her career.

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Put your ears to the test: can you pick out the Strad?


At the first The Strad Sunday of the LSO International Violin Festival on Sunday 12 April, The Strad held a fun, informal test at the Barbican of six demonstrationed by the LSO's very own Leader Roman Simovic. Out of the six violins, can you tell which one is the Strad? Have a go by listening to this recording.

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Interview: Krzysztof Urbanski


As part of our Ones to Watch series of concerts we’re putting the spotlight on seven of the brightest emerging conducting talents in the world in a series of interviews. We’ll be finding out what makes our up-and-coming conductors tick, what they think makes a great conductor great, what a baton is for and what can go wrong when you’re on the podium! 

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Getting to know Dogs Don't Do Ballet author, Anna Kemp


The next LSO Family Concert on Sunday 26 April 2015 is based on Anna Kemp’s hit 2010 book Dogs Don’t Do Ballet. It stars pug pup Biff who doesn't like ordinary canine stuff like peeing on lampposts or scratching fleas. Biff loves moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog, Biff thinks he’s a ballerina! But dogs don’t do ballet ... do they? LSO Customer Service Assistant, Felicity Hindle, caught up with Anna to find out more.

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