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Shakespeare400: The Tempest and Incidental Music

The Tempest

On Wednesday 10 February, and as part of our Shakspeare400 festival, we will perform excerpts from Sibelius’s incidental music for The Tempest. In preparation, we have had a look at Sibelius’s music and explored the musical concept of incidental music to find out how composers can effectively evoke their chosen texts, using only music. 


Shakespeare 400: Nature in Dvořák's Othello

Shakespeare's Othello - Willow Song

On Wednesday 3 February, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing Dvořák’s Othello Overture. In preparation, we explored the work’s context in order to determine what might have drawn Dvořák to create a musical adaption of Shakespeare’s play, and to understand just how the music depicts the tragic plot.


2016/17 season launch press release

2016/17 season

We released the details of our 2016/17 London season today, including year-long Belief and Beyond Belief festival for 2017. Priority booking for Friends opens on Tuesday 2 February, while public booking opens on Thursday 11 February. Read on for details of the season ...


Shakespeare400: The Power of the Conductor


As part of our preparations for our Shakespeare400 festival, we caught up with some of our musicians to get the lowdown on how the orchestra really works. Inspired by Shakespearean quotes, this series of interviews tackles such topics of power, love and comedy ...


Shakespeare400: Hamlet on Film

Hamlet quote

Our pre-concert event on Wednesday 27 January will feature our Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski conducting the LPO’s Foyle Future Firsts in a selection from Shostakovich’s darkly satirical score to Grigori Kosintsev’s 1964 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In preparation, we had a look at Shostakovich’s score, as well as two other film adaptations of Hamlet to explore three differing musical takes on Shakespeare’s tragic work.


LPO Player Playlists: Alice Munday

Alice Munday

We asked LPO members to create playlists of music that meant something to them, from their most treasured LPO recordings to music they walk the dog to and everything in between. Over the coming months we’ll share these with you.

This month’s playlist is from the oboist Alice Munday, who joined the orchestra in 2015. See what music Alice has chosen below, listen to her playlist and see if you share any favourites.


Shakespeare400: Shakespeare in Film Playlist

William Shakespeare

Throughout 2016, we are exploring the musical legacy of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. From his original works, Shakespeare’s plays have inspired numerous directors to adapt his writing for silver screen, creating some of the greatest dramas, rom-coms and even extending to the glitz and glamour of the film musical. Ranging from the 1930s to the latest Shakespearian blockbuster, we put together a short playlist of some of the soundtracks to the films that were inspired by the words of the beloved bard.


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