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Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2014: an introduction

This weekend sees the biennial Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, at the end of which we will find the next Assistant Conductor of the LSO.

The Competition
The competition, which has been running every two years since 1990, kicks off on Saturday 6 December at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In Rounds 1 (Saturday) & 2 (Sunday) 20 competitors (selected from 225 applicants) will be whittled down to ten, and then to just three finalists.

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Interview: Nikolaj Znaider

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 with 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 crucially… who they would invite to a fantasy dinner party!

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The LSO in World War I: commemoration weekend round-up

This weekend we reached the first of our moments of commemoration of the World War I centenary:

Friday 31 October: Lunchtime Concert

Post-graduate student singers from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama sang songs from the war, including works by George Butterworth and William Denis Browne, both of whom were killed on the battlefield. Rachel Leach tied it all together with stories of LSO musicians who served in the war. We were delighted to see so many people, and particularly younger audience members joining us during half term.

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Create an opera in a day? No problem!

Yasmin Hemmings is the LSO's Discovery and LSO Live Trainee, and has been working at the LSO for just a few weeks. Create an Opera in a Day was one of her first projects to be involved in, and she gives us an account of the day.

On Saturday 1 November, families arrived at LSO St Luke’s for the LSO Discovery Family Day, LSO in Wartime: Create an Opera in a Day. The Family Day was part of a weekend of events organised by the LSO which commemorated the centenary of World War I. Formed in 1904, the LSO had just celebrated its tenth anniversary when war broke out and 41 musicians who had played with the LSO, or were to play with them in the future, served in the war.

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The LSO in World War I: The Sad Tale of Adolph Borsdorf

So far on this historical journey, there have been stories of men from within the ranks of the London Symphony Orchestra who went to fight, some of whom were never to return.

One story that we have uncovered however, is tragic, but in a completely different way. Jo, Libby and I were delighted to meet recently with two of the the grandchildren of horn player and founder member of the LSO, Adolph Borsdorf. Between us we were able to fill in gaps in each others' knowledge to complete a very sad chapter in the history of the Orchestra.

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