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


The Band: spring course, April 2014

Do you know any young people aged 15-19 who are interested in creating their own music and working with professional musicians?

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New video: introducing Mahler's Symphony No. 9

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. 

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New video: introducing Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

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

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New video: introducing R Strauss Death and Transfiguration

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

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New video: introducing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

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

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Video – Recording Peter Boyer's First Symphony at Abbey Road Studios

Boyer Symphony No. 1 CD cover

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.

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New video: introducing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1

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

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