Grieg, Puccini, Herrmann, Barber & Vaughan Williams


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Sun 6 Jun 2021 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Grieg Prelude from 'Holberg Suite'
Puccini Crisantemi
Herrmann Psycho – A Narrative for String Orchestra
Barber Adagio for Strings
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

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In this special concert the London Symphony Orchestra string players will reunite with over 30 freelance musicians (or ‘extras’), conducted by Music Director Sir Simon Rattle. This concert marks the first time a large number of extras have been engaged in a full-scale symphony concert with the LSO since March 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on musicians in the UK, and ongoing restrictions have meant that many of those without permanent contracts face further months without work. Over the last year, cancelled concerts and more recent social distancing measures – with fewer players able to fit safely into the same space – have meant that we have been able to offer work to fewer than 20% of the usual number of freelance musicians we would have employed in a normal season. 

As LSO Chairman and Principal Second Violin David Alberman says, 'It is with excitement and enthusiasm that we reunite with many of the extras we have played alongside for years, sharing in music-making once again. We have been lucky as Members to be able to continue recording our programme of concerts. But our extended family of invited freelance musicians have missed out. They are key to putting on our rich and varied programme of performances each year, and they have been sorely missed.'

Recorded on 24 March 2021 at LSO St Luke's in COVID-secure conditions.