Panufnik Legacies III: Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Following the recent release of the third album in the Panufnik Legacies series, which features brand new music from alumni of the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme, we asked the composers themselves to tell us a little more about their experience writing for and recording with the Orchestra.

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Happy 116th Birthday LSO: How it all began

‘Gentlemen, from now on there will be no deputies. Good morning’. This was the controversial statement that triggered the formation of the LSO. And to celebrate 116 years since the Orchestra's inaugural concert, Archivist Libby Rice took a look back at how it all began! 

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BMW Classics 2016 & 2017: Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff

A taste of Russia was on the cards again for our BMW Classics audience in 2016 and 2017! Some pesky rainclouds didn't stop us blasting out Tchaikovksy's 1812 Overture in 2016, though we were glad of better weather for Rachmaninoff in 2017, and Valery Gergiev's last BMW Classics concert with the Orchestra.

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BMW Classics 2018: A year for dance

In 2018, we welcomed a new face to BMW Classics. We're talking, of course, about our new Music Director Sir Simon Rattle. And 2018 brought with it another change for our LSO On Track and Guildhall School musicians: they wouldn't just be playing an arrangement of a popular piece of classical music, they'd be playing the world premiere of a brand new piece, written especially with them in mind.

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BMW Classics 2014 & 2015: Prokofiev & Shostakovich

For BMW Classics 2014 and 2015 the Orchestra returned to the music of Russian composers, this time Prokofiev (2014) and Shostakovich (2015). We of course shared the stage again with young musicians from LSO On Track and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and we were delighted to welcome an extra special guest in 2015: Nicola Benedetti. Take a look at the programmes below.

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