Over the last few weeks we have been running several events for families as part of the 2015 Family Arts Festival. Whilst we run a year-round programme of events for young people, we placed a special emphasis on events for families – children, parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles... – to enjoy together during the half term holiday. Here's what we got up to!
Paul Silverthorne on lunchtime concerts and moving to China
After 25 years of playing in the LSO, we talk to Paul Silverthorne about his upcoming lunchtime concert at LSO St Luke's, his time at the LSO, and his move to teach at Soochow University School of Music in Suzhou, China.
Composing for the LSO Community Choir: Alex Roth on his latest commission
Composer Alex Roth joined the Panufnik Composers Scheme in 2014 and has continued his time with the LSO as one of the LSO Soundhub Associates. He was commissioned by the LSO Community Choir, formed from people who live or work around the LSO St Luke's area, to write a new piece for their concert this Autumn. Ben Palmer asked him how it was going...
I’m just back from my travels in East Asia! I printed reduction scores of my work for 575 Wandsworth Road, but failed to find time to edit them. Well done me. I’d better get them finished in the next few days, because this short post is an invitation for you to join us on the 28 November for a showcase concert to hear how the project at 575 Wandsworth Road has progressed and celebrate with some drinks!
Wynton Marsalis and Nicola Benedetti on the creation of a new concerto
On Friday 6 November, the LSO and Nicola Benedetti perform the world premiere of a new Violin Concerto by Wynton Marsalis, the result of a collaboration between the violinist and composer that has spanned over eleven years. We spoke to Nicola and Wynton to find out how they ended up working together, the inspirations behind this new piece, and what to expect from the concert in November.