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Theresa May attends two symphony concerts in a week

The embattled British prime minister turned up at the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday and Daniel Barenboim’s West-East Diwan Orchestra on Saturday in aid of multiple sclerosis research. She should think of buying a season ticket.   photo: (c) South Bank Centre/Ben Larpent  

Ella With the London Symphony

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Elvis started it, and symphony orchestras are reaping the rewards. Back in 2015, Elvis Presley Enterprises teamed with producers Nick Patrick and Don Reedman, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for If I Can Dream. The 14-song album featured Elvis's original...       Related Stories Ella Fitzgerald at 100 Julie London: A Good Cry John Williams: Rainbows  

Britten, Silvestrov & Janacek: Jan Vogler, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Vladmir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall Britten, Silvestrov, Janacek; Jan Vogler, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski; Royal Festival Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 28 2017...Show More Summary

Orchestra to the fore: Enescu's Oedipe from Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

George Enescus's Oedipe - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski, Paul Gay at the Royal Festival Hall (Photo Allen Max) Enescu Oedipe; Paul Gay, Willard White, Christopher Purves, Graham Clark, Ruxandra Donose, Ildiko Komlosi,...Show More Summary

LPO Junior Artists expands

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

LPO Junior Artists with conductor Rebecca Miller The London Philharmonic Orchestra's scheme to reach young players in communities under represented in professional UK orchestras, the LPO Junior Artists scheme, has just completed a highly successful pilot year. Show More Summary

Which UK orchestra chiefs are underpaid

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

A Slipped Disc reader, trawling the 2016 accounts of British orchestras, has helped us to come up with the following league table of top-paid orchestra managers:   1 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – £265,000 (Ian Maclay) 2 London Symphony Orchestra – £185,000 (Kathryn McDowell)     3 London Philharmonic             – […]

LPO Debut Sounds: New Musick

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Stef Conner, Nathan Dearden, Yvonne Eccles & Alex Paxton The London Philharmonic Orchestra's Debut Sounds concert at St John's Smith Square, 12 July 2017. The programme includes world premieres by the four LPO Young Composers – Yvonne...Show More Summary

Just in: Jurowski gets a record deal – but not the LPO

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The conductor Vladimir Jurowski today signed ‘a long-term, multi-album agreement’ with the Dutch label, Pentatone. But the recordings he will be making are not with his first orchestra, the London Philharmonic, where he has been music director since 2006. It is confirmed that Jurowski will record a cycle of Prokofiev symphonies with the Moscow-based State Academic […]

Now London names a concertmaster of 24

6 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Kevin Lin was passing through London with the Curtis Symphony last Friday when he learned that he had won the position of co-leader with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Kevin, 24, graduates this summer and will join the LPO in August.  

Sad news: A leading quartet mourns its cellist

7 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We have been notified of the death of Keith Harvey, founder-cellist of the Gabrieli Quartet for the past 50 years. He was also principal cellist with the London Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestra. Born in Liverpool in 1938, he suffered polio in childhood, overcoming those difficulties to win the Suggia Prize at the Royal […]

Beyond comprehension

7 months agoArts : Night and Day

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Belief and Beyond Belief’ season is drawing to a close, without making it in any degree…

SHOCK: Top London orchestra will relocate to Germany

New home: the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg The London Philharmonic Orchestra has allegedly accepted a remarkable offer from the City of Hamburg to move to Germany after Brexit, adopting a new home base at the magnificent Elbphilharmonie....Show More Summary

Looking ahead: London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2017/18 season

10 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra - photo Benjamin Ealovega The London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2017/18 season has some extremely exciting programming including the start of Wagner's Ring Cycle, a performance of...Show More Summary

Kancheli, Martinu and RVW: three contrasting 20th century figures from the London Philharmonic

11 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Vladimir Jurowski - photo Roman Gontcharov Kancheli Mourned by the Wind, Martinu Memorial to Lidice, RVW Symphony No. 9; Isabelle van Keulen, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski; Royal Festival Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill...Show More Summary

Elvis Presley – “The Wonder Of You” Video (Feat. Kate Moss)

Last year, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra put out an album’s worth of songs featuring new arrangements wrapped around old Elvis Presley vocal takes. They put out a follow-up album this year that follows the same concept, The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and today they’ve shared a video for the […]

Opening up the professional orchestra: LPO Junior Associates

Timothy Walker, Matthew Hancock & LPO Junior Artists at the Royal Festival Hall - photo credit Benjamin Ealovega The London Philharmonic Orchestra, chief executive and artistic director Timothy Walker, has announced that it is creating...Show More Summary

Another London orchestra player loses her violin on a train

We have been asked to post the following on behalf of Ji hyun Lee, a first violinist in the LPO: Ji hyun Lee, a first violinist with London Philharmonic Orchestra, is calling for help to find her missing violin. The precious nineteenth-century French instrument  –  made by J.B. Vuillaume and known as the ‘Saint Cecile des […]

Klaus Tennstedt conducts Wagner: Die Walküre live from the Royal Festival Hall

Wagner Die Walküre; Eva-Maria Bundschuh, René Kollo, John Tomlinson, Klaus Tennstedt, London Philharmonic Orchestra; LPO Live Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Nov 06 2016 Star rating: 4.5 A live recording from the archives, provides a vividly...Show More Summary

There's a Skyrim concert coming to London, but...

Bethesda Softworks is putting on an orchestral concert dedicated to the tunes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Coming to London Palladium on 16th November, tickets for the show, performed live by the Winterhold Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, will cost between £26.50 and £76.50 and can be obtained via Ticketmaster beginning 4th October at 10am. Show More Summary

Now the Times calls out Gergiev for non-rehearsal

Last week, a Munich critic broke silence over the unrehearsed state of concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev, who is music director of the city’s philharmonic orchestra. The London Times has now chimed in. Critic Anna Picard writes today: It seems reasonable to assume that everyone on stage at the Cadogan Hall knew the notes in […]

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