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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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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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Music to stay in to

Marketing Coordinator Steven shares music he’s been enjoying as the LSO administration works from home.

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About the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme

Some fifteen years ago, the Orchestra in association with Lady Panufnik devised a scheme to support composers interested in writing for a full symphony orchestra, in memory of the late composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik. Find out more about the scheme's history so far.


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Writer Recommendations: Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey

While we are unable to perform live at the Barbican and our favourite venues around the world, you can still enjoy the iconic sound of the LSO through our huge catalogue of recordings. We asked some of the writers we work with to tell us their favourite LSO recordings, and what it is that makes them listen time and time again. Stay tuned for regular recommendations from some of the names behind our programme notes, artist biographies and content. 


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