BMW Classics: practical tips

BMW Classics, our free open air concert in Trafalgar Square, takes place on Saturday 11 June 2022 at 5pm. This will be our tenth event and is a fantastic opportunity to listen to the LSO, live and for free, in one of London's most iconic landmarks. 

If you're planning to come, here are a few practical tips which should help make everyone's evening run smoothly and be even more enjoyable.

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Music for World Ocean Day

Wednesday 8 June 2022 is World Ocean Day. Around the world, people will be coming together to celebrate and honour our one shared ocean that connects us all.

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A Lifelong Love of the Trumpet: Håkan Hardenberger

Regarded as one of the world’s leading soloists, trumpet player Håkan Hardenberger will be performing at LSO St Luke's on Friday 27 May 6pm as part of the Artist Spotlight series in partnership with BBC Radio 3, and at the Barbican on Thursday 16 June. James Drury caught up with Håkan about his passion for the instrument and for innovative new music.

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Seven pieces by American composers to listen to now

American music is often most closely associated with the birth of jazz, Motown, RnB and rap, but the country has also given rise to some of the most inventive classical composers around.

On Sunday 12 June Sir Simon Rattle celebrates the classical heritage of the US with exciting music from Gershwin and John Adams. Read on for a whistlestop tour of seven pieces by seven American composers that you should listen to now!

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Artist Spotlight: Meet Annelien Van Wauwe

On Friday 27 May at 1pm clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe joins us at LSO St Luke's as part of the Artist Spotlight series in partnership with BBC Radio 3. Whilst Annelien is a much sought-after concert soloist, she really values the experience of playing chamber music and collaborating closely with other musicians. We spoke to her recently to find out more about her, her instrument and the her relationship with her recital partners. Read on to find out more.

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