Always Playing

At the LSO, we want to bring great music to everyone, everywhere – and that doesn’t stop while we’re unable to perform live. Even though concert halls are closed, we’re bringing the LSO to your living rooms, with a digital programme of live lunchtime recitals, interviews, articles, playlists, and activities for young people and families.

Use the tabs below to browse the full programme, and see what’s coming up this week. Don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list to stay up-to-date, to follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and to subscribe on YouTube.


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Summer Shorts

From 17 July to 21 August live music will be returning to LSO St Luke's in our new Summer Shorts series. These short lunchtime recitals will be performed by LSO musicians and will be streamed live on our YouTube channel. Digital programme notes will be available, and each concert will be available for a week after the broadcast.
> View the full schedule of broadcasts

Coffee Sessions

Short performances, with music chosen by LSO musicians, performed and recorded at home. Coffee Sessions are released every Monday morning, and are the perfect length for you to grab a cup of coffee and take a short break.
> Watch all of our Coffee Sessions

LSO Discovery: Activities for Schools, Families and Young People 

Fun, creative music-based tasks for young people, to continue learning whether you’re at home or at school.
Explore our Resources

Read

Read a series of blog posts about life in lockdown by LSO Violinist Maxine Kwok, interviews, composer timelines and articles by music writers.
> Read them all on our blog

Listen

Get some listening inspiration from our themed playlists, recommendations, and our Discographer Philip Stuart’s picks from the archive.
> Get some listening inspiration

Watch

Delve deeper into the music with interviews, performances and behind-the-scenes clips from lockdown and from our archives.
> Explore our videos

Movie & Book Recommendations

Each week, we recommend one great film from the hundreds that the LSO has recorded music for. Plus our Stage Manager Nathan has brought together a selection of his favourite audiobooks.
> Explore our Movie Night Recommendations
> Join our Truck Drivers’ Book Club

This week

Monday 13 July

Watch

For this week's Coffee Session, LSO Second Horn Angela Barnes and pianist Caroline Jaya-Ratnam perform Gilbert Vinter's Hunter's Moon, written for the LSO's then-Principal Horn John Burden. They performed the work as part of a recital for the LSO Friends. 

 > See our previous Coffee Sessions

Tuesday 14 July

Quiz
It’s Tuesday which can mean only one thing – our Classical pub quiz! Join us at 7pm (BST) on our Instagram stories.
> Take part in the quiz and see previous quizzes

Wednesday 15 July

Listen

Our discographer Philip brings us another set of listening recommendations for the LSO's extensive archive.
> Read Philip's Archive Recommendations

Thursday 16 July

Watch

First Violin Maxine Kwok talks live on IGTV to composer Daniel Kidane about his work, life as a composer and his new piece Dappled Light, written during lockdown specially for the LSO and which Maxine and Julian Gil Rodriguez will be premiering during Friday's live streamed Summer Shorts recital (see below!).
> Watch on the LSO Instagram account

Friday 17 July

Watch

The first of our new live streamed recitals, Summer Shorts, features violinists Maxine Kwok and Julian Gil Rodriguez in a programme including a world premiere by Daniel Kidane and works by De Berio and Piazzolla & Mark O'Connor. Watch live on our YouTube channel at 1pm BST, and join in with a Q&A at the end of the concert.
> Watch on our YouTube channel
> Read the digital programme notes

> Explore our listening recommendations

Saturday 18 July

Watch

Settle in with some snacks for our weekly Movie Night Recommendation, taken from the many films the LSO has recorded the soundtrack for.
> See all our Movie Night Recommendations


Last week's highlights

Last week's highlights

Monday 6 July

Watch

For this week's Coffee Session, we welcome LSO violin Rhys Watkins with his wife Rowie on cello (and their little baby cooing in the background! ), performing an arrangement by composer Simon Parkin of Paganini's Caprice No 24. Grab your flat white and enjoy! 

 > See our previous Coffee Sessions

Tuesday 7 July

Quiz
It’s Tuesday which can mean only one thing – our Classical pub quiz! Join us at 7pm (BST) on our Instagram stories.
> Take part in the quiz and see previous quizzes

Wednesday 8 July

Listen

Our discographer Philip brings us another set of listening recommendations for the LSO's extensive archive.
> Read Philip's Archive Recommendations

Thursday 9 July

Watch

Where's Simon, Part 2! If you enjoyed our online Family Concert in which the orchestra played a special performance of The Marriage of Figaro for Sir Simon Rattle's friend's wedding (depsite Simon not making the sectional rehearsals!), now you can play along.
> Watch Part 2 and download the play along parts

Friday 10 July

Watch

This week presenter Rachel Leach introduces a lunchtime concert from our archive, recorded at LSO St Luke's in November 2018 featuring Brahms' Trio for PIano, Horn and Violin performed by Naoko Keatley, Angela Barnes and Zeynep Özsuca.
> Watch on our YouTube channel
> Read the digital programme notes
> Explore our listening recommendations

Saturday 10 July

Watch

Settle in with some snacks for our weekly Movie Night Recommendation, taken from the many films the LSO has recorded the soundtrack for.
> See all our Movie Night Recommendations

 

Support Us

We’re delighted to be able to share Always Playing for free. There are a number of ways that you can support the LSO through these difficult times, and help us to keep the music Always Playing. You can buy our music on LSO Live, become an LSO Friend, buy a ticket for a future concert, make a donation, and more.
> Find out more

Where can you find us?

LSO Insight

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Living Music

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