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

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Bassoon solo from The Rite of Spring

Once you've heard the eery bassoon solo that opens The Rite of Spring, you'll never forget it. LPO Principal Bassoon Jonathan Davies introduces the joys and challenges of this iconic solo. Hear it live on Saturday 21 February as part of Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey.

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The big three ballets – trailer

Watch our trailer for the first three Stravinsky ballets we are performing as part of Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey.

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Concerts – Part Three: Exile?

September 1939. The unthinkable becomes reality as Germany invades Poland and Britain and France enter a war that would see the deaths of over 50 million people. Stravinsky, survivor of one world war, takes a steamer boat to Manhattan. He would not set foot in Europe for a decade. Filled with new inspirations and sounds we explore what impact the United States had on our émigré celebrity.

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Concerts – Part Two: Paris

Ah, Paris in the 1920s. Stravinsky was on the rise and rise. But did his vanity outweigh his virtuosity? Either way, his music proved a fertile group for collaboration with the artists and designers of the moment including Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

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2018/19 season launch press release

Today we announced our 2018/19 season at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. Highlights include year-long celebration of 300 years of British music & continuation of Changing Faces: Stravinsky’s Journey.

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Concerts – Part One: Revolution

Russia 1908. Teetering between revolutions, St Petersburg plays host to a concert featuring two works by a young composer. In the audience was critic and showman Serge Diaghilev. So begins a relationship which will create a musical revolution.

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Bach Toccata and Fugue Remixtape

Given the popularity of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, it’s not surprising that over the years it has been performed in a huge variety of arrangements. To compare what’s out there, we’ve put together this playlist of our favourite creative (or just plain wacky) versions of this familiar work. 

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