An introduction to Beethoven's Christ on the Mount of Olives

In the words of Sir Simon Rattle, Beethoven is ‘absolutely inescapable’, especially as music-lovers around the world celebrate 250 years since his birth. Who can claim not to recognise the stirring chorus of ‘Ode to Joy’ or the melancholy second movement of his Symphony No 7, which has amassed a substantial number of references in popular culture? Yet even the most ardent Beethoven fans may find themselves scratching their heads at the mention of Christ on the Mount of Olives…

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What happens at an LSO Discovery Singing Day?

On one of the first drizzly Sundays in autumn, LSO Choral Director Simon Halsey rehearses Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives in a singing day at LSO St Luke’s.

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Six things you should know about Bartók's The Miraculous Mandarin

Hungary, 1918-20: the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapses and a series of revolutions and counter-revolutions see the birth and demise of the First Hungarian Republic, the Hungarian Soviet Republic and the Hungarian Republic, each lasting a matter of months. Against this turbulent political background, Bartók began writing his pantomime-ballet The Miraculous Mandarin. Ahead of the LSO’s performance of the work on Thursday 19 December, here are six things you need to know.

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An interview with Sophya Polevaya

Ahead of the world premiere of her piece, Spellbound Tableaux, we caught up with composer and saxophonist Sophya Polevaya to talk about her compositional process, Hitchcock, and her debut album!

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What's next for our LSO Jerwood+ 2018/19 composers?

On Saturday 26 October and 2 November, Daniel Kidane and Amir Konjani presented their final curations, drawing a close to their time on the LSO Jerwood Composer+ scheme. We caught up with them both to talk about their time on the scheme and what they have planned next. Plus our new Jerwood+ composers, Hollie Harding and Des Oliver, tell us about their experience and work on the scheme so far.

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