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



Meet the runners: Gregory Walmsley

Greg Walmsley

Meet LPO cellist Gregory Walmsley, also a member of Team LPO, running  the Vitality British 10K London Run in aid of the Orchestra’s schools concerts, BrightSparks, on Sunday 10 July.

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Debut Sounds: Introducing Foyle Future Firsts Matt Rainsford and Amy Roberts

Matt Rainsford

Catch up with Foyle Future Firsts musicians Matt and Amy as they discuss their experience on the LPO’s Development Programme. You can hear them perform live at Debut Sounds: Dérive on 4 July 2016 performing world premieres by the LPO’s Young Composers.


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Debut Sounds: Introducing Young Composers Hunter Coblentz and Lisa Illean

Hunter Coblentz and Lisa Illean

On Monday 4 July, the London Philharmonic Orchestra joins the Royal College of Music for a celebration of new music with Debut Sounds: Dérive.  In this performance, members of the LPO will be accompanied by young musicians from the LPO’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme to perform premiere works by the LPO’s Young Composers. Back at our very first workshop together, we caught up with Young Composers Hunter Coblentz and Lisa Illean to find out a bit about them, their style of music, and any advice they had for young aspiring composers.

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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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