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Walking a tightrope blindfolded without a harness and no safety net

Ahead of their performance at LSO St Luke's on Saturday 11 November as part of BBC Open Ear, Elaine Mitchener and Neil Charles discuss why free improvisation isn't for the faint-hearted.

 
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The People Here Go Mad. They Blame the Wind.

Contemporary music series BBC Radio 3 Open Ear continues at LSO St Luke's on Saturday 11 November. Ahead of the concert, Riot Ensemble director Aaron Holloway-Nahum spoke to composer Clara Iannotta about her piece for musicians and music box machine The People Here Go Mad. They Blame the Wind.

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EnCue: in-sync programme notes via smartphone app

This season we are running a new early evening concert series, Half Six Fix. These concerts start at 6.30pm and last for roughly one hour, without an interval. The programme will feature one or two major works, which the conductor will introduce from the stage. And to bring you closer to the action, we'll have screens to showcase the performers and programme notes available on our Android or iPhone device. You can also enjoy the music with a drink.

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Interview with LSO Principal Flute Adam Walker

On Sunday 5 November LSO Principal Flute Adam Walker performs Bernstein's hauting work Halil. Ahead of the concert, we caught up with him to talk about the piece, what it's like playing in the LSO and how he got into music.

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On this day in 1919...

This article was originally written on 27 October 2017 and has been updated.

98 years ago today, 27 October 1919, saw the LSO perform the world premiere of one of the most popular works in the repertoire: Elgar's Cello Concerto. It may be popular now, but it wasn't always the case...

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