Staff Picks: Talia Lash (Education Project Manager)

With so much brilliantly varied music planned for the rest of this season there's something for everyone, and to prove the point we've been asking some of the LPO's 'behind-the-scenes' staff to pick out what they're personally looking forward to most...

Talia is one of two Education & Community Project Managers at the LPO, working on music-making projects in schools and with young people across south London, and the BrightSparks schools concert series at Royal Festival Hall:

'Throughout every LPO season there’s a range of free pre-concert events, often the culmination of our projects with young people. I’m really looking forward to our ‘New Horizons’ performance on 10 February at 6.00pm, when GCSE Music students from two local secondary schools will perform their original compositions based on that evening’s concert repertoire on the Royal Festival Hall stage. We’ll have worked with the students over the weeks beforehand to compose, shape and rehearse their pieces, under the guidance of an animateur and three LPO players. It’s always really exciting to hear how creatively students interpret traditional orchestral repertoire and how brilliantly they perform, and the sessions in school throughout the creative process are always really fun and inspiring. I’m also looking forward to hearing the Orchestra play John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony on 11 February. I’ve always enjoyed minimalism – for me the music somehow has a deep emotional intensity and you can get completely lost in the sound. You can really sense the despair and dread in this particular piece, which is based on the testing of the atomic bomb in 1945, and still feels as relevant as ever.'

Read about all of our upcoming concerts and book tickets here