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.
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.
In 2015, Google opened the doors at Abbey Road Studios to everyone for the first time. Inside Abbey Road is an interactive experience that lets fans around the world explore the legendary studios, hear its stories and play with some of its famous equipment using their computer, tablet or phone – including sitting in on a recording session with the LSO.