The latest news about our concerts, recordings, concert streams and Education & Community programme.



Principal Clarinet Robert Hill

Robert Hill

Saturday 30 April marks the final LPO concert of Robert Hill, who has been Principal Clarinet at the LPO for the past 44 years. Read on for a tribute to Robert and his long and illustrious career by Stewart McIlwham, LPO President and Principal Piccolo.

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Vladimir Jurowski discusses Shakespeare and music in The Guardian


Ahead of our Shakespeare400 Gala concert on Saturday 23 April, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski discusses the impact of Shakespeare on his life, and how Shakespeare has inspired musical creativity throughout the ages.

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Shakespeare400: Shakespeare in Opera Playlist

William Shakespeare

Throughout 2016, we are exploring the musical legacy of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare in our Shakespeare400 festival. From Verdi's deeply tragic retelling of Othello, to Britten's mystical A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare’s work has inspired some of the greatest composers to adapt his plays for use on the operatic stage. We put together a short playlist of some of the best known arias and overtures in the operas that have been inspired by the words of the beloved bard.

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Shakespeare400: Love in the orchestra

Love is a recurring theme in many of Shakespeare’s plays. Powerful, personal and very often messy, Shakespeare’s treatment of love reminds his audience of the real, raw emotions around falling in love and being in love. As part of our Shakespeare400 celebrations, we caught up with married couple, Andrew Chenery and Rachel Masters – the LPO’s Orchestra Personnel Manager and Principal Harpist respectively, to learn more about them, and how they have made music a major part in their married lives.

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LPO Player Playlists: Henry Baldwin

Henry Baldwin

LPO Percussionist Henry Baldwin has put together a playlist of pieces of music that have inspired him throughout his musical life, or that spark a particular musical memory. See what music Henry has chosen, have a listen to his playlist and see if you share any favourites.

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Shakespeare400: Romeo and Juliet in Popular Culture

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s famous story of a pair of star-cross’d lovers has sparked countless retellings on stage, on screen, and in the concert hall. Ahead of our performance of excerpts from Prokofiev’s musical version on Friday 15 April as part of our Shakespeare400 celebrations, we have had a look at some of the music in films and musicals that have been inspired by Shakespeare’s tragic romance, Romeo and Juliet.

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LPO Soundworks Diaries: 9 April 2016

On Saturday 9 April, young musicians and young dancers from Rambert's Quicksilver came together for their performance of Walking Shadows – a culmination of a four day intensive project composing, choreographing and rehearsing for a collaborative piece inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. After their performance, we caught up with a couple of the young musicians and dancers to hear their thoughts on the week, and to find out their favourite moments.

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