The latest news about our concerts, recordings, concert streams and Education & Community programme.
- Published: 01 April 2014
- Published: 27 March 2014
In 1907 the ‘three blows of fate’ that Mahler had prophesised in his Sixth Symphony became a reality. Ill, exhausted and very nearly defeated, Mahler faced spiritual and physical annihilation. He countered it by throwing himself into life with renewed passion and insistence. In this short video, Patrick Bailey introduces Mahler's ultimate Symphony - his Symphony No. 9.
- Published: 24 March 2014
Watch a short video introduction to Saint-Saëns's Organ Symphony, which we perform on Wednesday 26 October in our concert celebrating the restoration, and 60th birthday, of the Royal Festial Hall organ, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Part of Southbank Centre’s festival Pull Out All the Stops.
- Published: 10 March 2014
Few composers do exaltation or glorification as well as Richard Strauss. In this video Patrick Bailey introduces Strauss's glorious 'tone-poem in reverse', Death and Transfiguration, which we perform at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 19 March.
- Published: 06 March 2014
In this short film Patrick Bailey discusses Mendelssohn's exquisite and stunningly original Violin Concerto, written as a gift to violinist Ferdinand David, seven years in the making. Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship winner Benjamin Beilman performs this piece with the LPO on Friday 14 March.
- Published: 03 March 2014
Back in June 2013 the Orchestra recorded five works by American composer Peter Boyer, including his First Symphony, at Abbey Road Studios. The CD is released today on the Naxos label in its American Classics series.
- Published: 27 February 2014
In this short video, Patrick Bailey discusses Shostakovich's First Symphony, a striking and confident work that heralded a new beginning for Russian culture. Ilyich Rivas conducts this piece in his Royal Festival Hall debut on Friday 7 March.