Five things you didn’t know about Lisa Batiashvili
Violinist Lisa Batiashvili returns to the LSO on Thursday 9 June to perform Bartók's First Violin Concerto, conducted by Daniel Harding. Here's five things you might not know about this superlative musician.
Five things you didn't know about Leif Ove Andsnes
The talented Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is returning to the LSO for his second Artist Portrait, in which he is giving performances throughout May and June, featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto. We found out more about his busy schedule, his family and how important he feels exposure to music is.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, on 24 April Sir Mark Elder leads the LSO in a performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius. Alongside this, we launch Elgar Up Close, a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert series throughout April and May, showcasing the composer’s lesser-known works for strings. In light of this, we learn more about Elgar as a composer and a conductor, his relationship with the LSO, and some of his unique quirks.
As we approach the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of World War I, the Battle of the Somme, the LSO's concert on 28 April includes music written by composers directly affected and influenced by the War.
In 2014 we began a series of articles that looked into the history of the London Symphony Orchestra and the effect of World War I on the musicians, the audiences and on music itself. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the pivotal moments of the War, the Battle of the Somme, and in this blog we take a look at how the Orchestra was coping with the country being at war and one particular event that we're remembering 100 years on.