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Brahms, Schubert & the Russian masters UBS SOUNDSCAPES: ECLECTICA

Stories of family and of home SPECIAL GUESTS

Final Fantasy with composer Nobuo Uematsu

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LSO DISCOVERY A plethora of opportunities to join in and get behind the scenes: why not attend Open Rehearsals, Discovery Days, Free Friday Lunchtime Concerts, Concert for under-5s or join the LSO’s Community Gamelan Group or Choir?

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SPECIAL GUESTS Fresh chamber music arrangements form this new Final Fantasy music experience, with chance to meet legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu. Page 9

SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES Celebrate the Master of the Queen’s Music’s 80th birthday with an LSO Discovery Day and the world premiere of his Tenth Symphony. Page 6

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4  JANUARY

LSO Sing GETTING THE CITY INTO SONG LSO DISCOVERY / UBS SOUNDSCAPES: ECLECTICA

Singing can be powerfully spiritual, as the UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica An Eastern Vigil concert on Wednesday 22 January demonstrates. The Grammy award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, one of the most famous choirs in the world, collaborates with Gilad Atzmon, a writer, award-winning jazz saxophonist and member of The Blockheads living in London. They explore the mystical and spiritual soundworlds of Arvo Pärt, Cyrillus Kreek, Vasyl Barvinski, Nikolai Kedrov and Rachmaninov combined with Atzmon’s swirling improvisations.

With concerts as inspiring as these, we hope you’ll want to join in. That’s the idea behind our LSO Singing Days on Saturday 4 January and Saturday 25 January. Whether or not you plan to come to the performance of Haydn’s The Creation at the Barbican or to see the excerpts of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil in the Eclectica concert at LSO St Luke’s, come and join LSO choral professionals in workshops on these works, followed by an informal performance that friends and family can watch. There’s no better way to experience the joy of singing. lso.co.uk/lsosing lso.co.uk/eclectica

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SINGING DAY Haydn The Creation (sung in English, accompanied by piano) Simon Halsey chorus director Ahead of the LSO and London Symphony Chorus concert of Haydn’s The Creation at the Barbican (Sunday 12 January), join Simon Halsey for a workshop on selected arias and choruses from the work, followed by an informal performance that friends and family can watch. The Novello edition of the score, with English libretto, will be used in the workshop and both the workshop and performance will be accompanied by piano. Some sight-singing ability is required. Tickets £17 (includes music hire) Please choose your voice part when booking Afternoon spectator tickets £5 (from 3pm) Part of LSO Sing, which is generously supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Sat 11 Jan 7.30pm

Wed 22 Jan 8pm

Thu 23 Jan 1pm

LSO DISCOVERY

UBS SOUNDSCAPES: ECLECTICA

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Featuring new works by Darren Bloom Richard Bullen Collectives & Curiosities Gregory Emfietzis and Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Arvo Pärt Two Slavonic Psalms Schnittke Three Sacred Hymns Arvo Pärt Magnificat Arvo Pärt Nunc dimittis Cyrillus Kreek Psalm 22 Cyrillus Kreek Psalm 104 Vasyl Barvinsky Oh, What a Wonder!* Nikolai Kedrov Otsche Nash* Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil (‘Vespers’): Praise the Lord, O my Soul; Blessed is the Man; O Gentle Light

Brahms Seven Fantasies Schubert Piano Sonata in B-flat major

LSO SOUNDHUB SHOWCASE

Members of the LSO An ensemble of LSO players premieres new works by five members of LSO Soundhub, a scheme that gives emerging composers the opportunity to explore, collaborate and experiment. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions) LSO Soundhub is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Hinrichsen Foundation

AN EASTERN VIGIL

Daniel Reuss conductor Gilad Atzmon saxophone/clarinet*

BRAHMS SEVEN FANTASIES

Barry Douglas piano Discover two Romantic piano works written in their respective composers’ mature years – the beautiful Seven Fantasies from Brahms and the sonata widely acknowledged as one of Schubert’s greatest masterpieces. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir makes a rare trip to London to present a programme inspired by the profound passions of Orthodox chant, including Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, Arvo Pärt’s Two Slavonic Psalms and two lush works by Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek. Tickets £10 £15 £22

In association with the London A Cappella Festival

All events take place in the Jerwood Hall unless otherwise stated. For full booking information, see page 24.

6  JANUARY – FEBRUARY Fri 24 Jan 12.30–1.15pm

Sat 25 Jan 11am–4.30pm

Fri 31 Jan 7.30pm

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Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil (‘Vespers’)

Tchaikovsky Overture: Romeo and Juliet Panufnik Cello Concerto Myaskovsky Symphony No 27

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Rachel Leach presenter Angela Barnes horn John Alley piano This spring’s Friday lunchtime concerts explore the marriage of senses between music and colour, alongside LSO concerts at the Barbican on the same theme. This week, LSO Horn Angela Barnes and Principal Keyboard John Alley take to the stage with presenter Rachel Leach. Free entry, just turn up on the day! For more information or group bookings, call Kate Gardner on 020 7382 2549 or email kate.gardner@lso.co.uk Supported by Rothschild Charities Committee and LSO Patrons

SINGING DAY

MELOS SINFONIA

David Lawrence conductor David Lawrence, conductor of the LSO Community Choir, leads a singing workshop on Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, followed by an informal performance that friends and family can watch. Some sight-singing ability is required. Both the workshop and the performance will be accompanied by piano. You can hear extracts from the All-Night Vigil on 22 January at the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica performance (see page 5). Tickets £17 (includes music hire) Please choose your voice part when booking Afternoon spectator tickets £5 (from 3pm) In association with the London A Cappella Festival Part of LSO Sing, which is generously supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

Oliver Zeffman conductor Bartholomew LaFollette cello Melos Sinfonia The Melos Sinfonia celebrates the centenary of Sir Andrzej Panufnik’s birth with a performance of his Cello Concerto, alongside works by two great Russian composers – Tchaikovsky and the much-neglected Myaskovsky. The concert will open with an introduction given by Roxanna Panufnik, Sir Andrzej’s daughter and a composer herself, about her late father’s life and works. Tickets £15 (£5 concessions) Promoted by the Melos Sinfonia

The LSO continues celebrations of Andrzej Panufnik’s centenary year in a concert at the Barbican on 5 February, conducted by Michael Francis and featuring the composer’s Lullaby and Sinfonia Sacra. Sun 2 Feb 10am–5.30pm Barbican and LSO St Luke’s LSO DISCOVERY DAY

SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES Ahead of the premiere of his Tenth Symphony at the Barbican in the evening, this LSO Discovery Day places the spotlight on British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, with access to an LSO rehearsal, chamber music performance, Q&A with LSO players, and insights from guest presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch. Full day tickets £17 (£13.50 concessions) Afternoon only £12

‘The most important symphonic cycle since Shostakovich.’ The Times on Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ symphonies Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

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Beethoven Trio in B-flat major Brahms Trio in A minor Michel Lethiec clarinet Arto Noras cello Barry Douglas piano Compare Brahms’ and Beethoven’s takes on the combination of clarinet, cello and piano. After first hearing Brahms’ trio in 1891, a friend remarked that ‘it is as though the instruments were in love with each other’.

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Fri 7 Feb 10am–1pm & 2–6pm LSO DISCOVERY

PANUFNIK COMPOSERS WORKSHOP New works by Kim Ashton, Benjamin Graves, Jae-Moon Lee, Elizabeth Ogonek, James Moriarty, Aaron Parker and Richard Whalley François-Xavier Roth conductor Colin Matthews composition director London Symphony Orchestra Get a glimpse into a composer’s creative process and watch from the audience as this year’s Panufnik Composers develop their musical ideas with the LSO. Free entry, booking essential The LSO Panufnik Young Composers Scheme is supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust

COMPOSING AT THE LSO LSO DISCOVERY

The LSO is at the forefront of supporting composers from all backgrounds, and early spring marks our annual celebration of everything for the future. An LSO Discovery Day celebrating the works of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (Master of the Queen’s Music) starts us off on Sunday 2 February with a full day devoted to one of the most prolific British composers of the last century. Celebrating his 80th birthday, the LSO will be giving the world premiere of his Tenth Symphony at the Barbican that evening. Later in the week, our attention turns to the LSO Panufnik Composers Workshop. Every year, the LSO takes on a group of composers on the verge of their professional careers. Working with composer Colin Matthews, they develop orchestral works and get the unrivalled opportunity to workshop their creations with the LSO, gaining instant and muchvalued feedback from the players. Fascinating and illuminating, this day gives a unique insight into the composition process. lso.co.uk/composers

8  FEBRUARY Sat 8 Feb 2.30–5.30pm LSO DISCOVERY

OPEN REHEARSAL Conductor Jaap van Zweden puts the LSO through its paces, joined by soloist Yuja Wang (see bottom right) ahead of the first concert in Yuja’s UBS Soundscapes: LSO Artist Portrait series at the Barbican on 9 February. Works include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3. Tickets £4, telephone booking only Sat 8 Feb 7.30–10pm LSO DISCOVERY

MASTERCLASS: PAUL SILVERTHORNE Musicians from the Guildhall School are coached by LSO Principal Viola Paul Silverthorne as part of the Guildhall School’s Orchestral Artistry course, which is focused on developing the diverse skills required to become professional orchestral musicians. Free entry, just turn up on the day

Thu 13 Feb 1pm BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS

SWEET MELANCHOLIA

Brahms Violin Sonata No 2 in A major Dukas Villanelle for Horn and Piano Brahms Trio in E-flat major

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MASTERCLASSES WITH LSO PLAYERS Students studying on the Guildhall School’s Orchestral Artistry course in collaboration with the LSO are positioned to leave their studies prepared to enter into the professional world of playing in an orchestra. An essential part of this process is performing and honing their playing skills in masterclasses. This February, there are two opportunities to see how this unique opportunity can change the way students on the course think about many aspects of their performance. LSO Principal Viola Paul Silverthorne and LSO Principal Flute Adam Walker (pictured here) will be their guides. Also, don’t miss an opportunity to then see Adam perform the world premiere of a new Flute Concerto on stage at the Barbican on Sunday 23 February. lso.co.uk/orchestralartistry

Chloë Hanslip violin Richard Watkins horn Barry Douglas piano A journey of emotions: Brahms’ Second Violin Sonata offers a combination of virtuosity and lyricism; Dukas’ fast-paced Villanelle features many technical challenges and refreshing melodies; and Brahms’ Trio is a journey into melancholy, written after the death of his mother. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions)

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Fri 21 Feb 12.30–1.15pm

Thu 27 Feb 1pm

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MASTERCLASS: ADAM WALKER

LUNCHTIME CONCERT FOR ALL AGES OVER 5

Musicians from the Guildhall School are coached by LSO Principal Flute Adam Walker (pictured left) as part of the Guildhall School’s Orchestral Artistry course, which is focused on developing the diverse skills required to become professional orchestral musicians.

Rachel Leach presenter

Free entry, just turn up on the day

For more information or group bookings, call Kate Gardner on 020 7382 2549 or email kate.gardner@lso.co.uk

Sat 15 Feb 2pm & 7pm SPECIAL GUESTS

Joins us for a Friday lunchtime concert exploring the marriage of senses between music and colour, with our regular presenter Rachel Leach and LSO musicians. Free entry, just turn up on the day!

Supported by Rothschild Charities Committee and LSO Patrons

SCHUBERT PIANO DUETS Schubert Duo in A minor (‘Lebensstürme’) Grand Rondo in A major Andantino varié in B minor Fantasie in F minor

Cédric Tiberghien & Christian Ihle Hadland piano duet One month after Schubert finished his Fantasie, he wrote his Duo in A minor, otherwise known as ‘Lebensstürme’, meaning Storms of Life. The Rondo in A major was his final work for piano duet, written five months before his death at just 31 years old. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions)

A NEW WORLD: INTIMATE MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY Navarra String Quartet Benyamin Nuss pianist Nobuo Uematsu in attendance The producers of the orchestral phenomenon Distant Worlds present a new Final Fantasy music experience, featuring fresh chamber music arrangements. With the full support of legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu, A New World joins Distant Worlds as an officially licensed production with the exclusive support of renowned game developer SQUARE ENIX. SOLD OUT Promoted by AWR Music Productions LLC

Thu 20 Feb 1pm BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS

SOLO PIANO WORKS

Brahms Four Piano Pieces Field Nocturne No 8 in E minor; Nocturne No 5 in B-flat major Brahms Piano Sonata No 2 in F-sharp minor Barry Douglas piano Hear the first nocturnes ever written and the first piano sonata composed by Johannes Brahms – his Piano Sonata No 2 was actually composed before his Piano Sonata No 1. The programme is completed by Brahms’ Four Piano Pieces, his last composition for solo piano. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions)

YUJA WANG UBS SOUNDSCAPES: LSO ARTIST PORTRAIT

A cosmopolitan 20-something with a penchant for fabulous on-stage outfits, and possessing an artistic gravity that belies her youth, Yuja Wang fits no stereotype. In fact, her fearless individuality sets her apart. For Yuja, making great music is about speaking with her own voice and the joy of self-expression: ‘enjoy life and the art that it is’, she says. Yuja’s LSO Artist Portrait series sees her perform three concertos under three different conductors, in her words: ‘an unusual and great opportunity. The LSO is one of my favourite orchestras. They have a great sense of sound as an ensemble and handle a variety of repertoire with as much flexibility and grace as any orchestra I know.’ Join her at the Barbican and in rehearsal at LSO St Luke’s this February lso.co.uk/yujawang

10  MARCH

‘A truly risk-taking performance … that fused the sinews of the violin and the nervesystem of the player.’ Hilary Finch, The Times on Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti

Thu 6 Mar 1pm

Sun 9 Mar 7.30pm

Thu 13 Mar 1pm

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SPECIAL GUESTS

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SCHUBERT TRIOS

Schubert Notturno in E-flat major Piano Trio in B-flat major Benedetti/Elschenbroich/ Grynyuk Trio: Nicola Benedetti violin Leonard Elschenbroich cello Alexei Grynyuk piano Immerse yourself in the lush Piano Trios of Schubert, performed by superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti, alongside Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions)

Fri 7 Mar 12.30–1.15pm LSO DISCOVERY

LUNCHTIME CONCERT FOR ALL AGES OVER 5

Rachel Leach presenter This spring’s Friday lunchtime concerts explore the marriage of senses between music and colour, alongside LSO concerts at the Barbican. This week, musicians from the Guildhall School take to the stage, joined by presenter Rachel Leach. Free entry, just turn up on the day! For more information or group bookings, call Kate Gardner on 020 7382 2549 or email kate.gardner@lso.co.uk Supported by Coutts Charitable Trust, Rothschild Charities Committee and LSO Patrons

CARDINAL VAUGHAN MEMORIAL SCHOOL & SOUTHBANK SINFONIA Duruflé Requiem Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Scott Price conductor Southbank Sinfonia Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Musicians The Southbank Sinfonia and musicians from The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, a leading comprehensive school, come together for this concert. Southbank Sinfonia accompany the Vaughan’s renowned boys’ choir in the full orchestral setting of Duruflé’s Requiem, and instrumentalists from the Vaughan join Southbank Sinfonia for Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral showpiece Scheherazade. Tickets £12 (£8 concessions) Promoted by The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

SCHUBERT FOR STRINGS

Schubert String Trio Fragment in B-flat major String Quartet in G major Doric String Quartet Discover Schubert’s music for strings, which includes some of his most striking invention. The String Trio in E-flat major was written when he was just 16 years old! Tickets £10 (£9 concessions)

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Schubert & Brahms BARRY DOUGLAS’ BRAHMS + SPRING-TIME SCHUBERT BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS

This spring, lunchtimes at LSO St Luke’s will be the setting for two very different musical journeys – a residency focusing on collaboration and an exploration of one composer’s intense, lyrical music. In January and February, we welcome back pianist Barry Douglas, an old friend of the LSO and a previous soloist at LSO St Luke’s. He’s invited a host of close musical friends for a series of collaborative concerts focusing particularly on Brahms’ chamber music, works that defined the genre in the late-Romantic era. The series is bookended by solo recitals by Douglas, which include two of the very first Nocturnes for piano and solo works by Brahms and Schubert. The second series moves from a performer’s perspective to an exploration of a single composer, Franz Schubert. The four concerts, performed by some of the most talented among the younger generation of chamber musicians, give a snapshot of some of the music that he wrote towards the end of his short life, from dramatic pieces for piano duet to duos, trios and his String Quintet in C major, his last chamber work and one of his most achingly beautiful and spiritual. lso.co.uk/lunchtimeconcerts

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‘North London Cares has had the privilege to take groups of older people from Islington to lunchtime concerts. Such an inspiring venue within our own community allows older people a unique experience to engage with classical music and to meet new people.’ Sarah Gaughan, North London Cares

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STORYTELLING WITH VANESSA KING SUITABLE FOR UNDER-5S

Vanessa King and LSO musicians re-tell a popular children’s story through music, offering younger children the chance to experience live music in an informal way. Join in with songs and musical games as we hear how the instruments bring the story to life. £3 per person (under 12 months free, no ticket required) Supported by AXA Investment Managers

Sat 15 Mar 6.30pm SPECIAL GUESTS

MUSIC IN THE SPACE TIME CONTINUUM II Josquin Desprez (trans R D Rusconi) Le miroir de musique An educational outreach performance Ed McKeon Introduction Georg Friedrich Haas Tria ex uno Roberto David Rusconi Anankè Gerard Grisey Vortex temporum Ensemble OENM (Salzburg) Austrian Ensemble for New Music Astrid Steiner visuals Intrasonus UK Educational Outreach

FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS LSO DISCOVERY

Come and discover more about music and the different instruments of the orchestra at our spring series of Friday Lunchtime Concerts. Each informal, free recital takes place in LSO St Luke’s beautiful Jerwood Hall and lasts about 45 minutes – the perfect way to spend a lunch break. In this spring’s series of concerts, we’ll be exploring the theme of music and colour, alongside LSO concerts at the Barbican that focus on the vivid, swirling soundworlds of composers Scriabin and Messiaen. There will be performances from LSO musicians and students from the Guildhall School, with presenter Rachel Leach on hand to guide you through the music and tell you more about the instruments. You can even get involved yourself, with opportunities to put all your burning questions to Rachel and the players. lso.co.uk/friday-lunchtime-concerts Supported by Rothschild Charities Committee and LSO Patrons

Enriched by an ambitious collaboration with ensemble OENM, this programme offers three contrasting visions of time: Tria ex uno by Haas, a work for three voices; the world premiere of Anankè by London-based composer Rusconi, which celebrates the Greek goddess of destiny; and finally Vortex Temporum by Grisey, where the notes become spectrally complex arriving in waves of unexpected duration. Tickets £12 (£9 concessions if booked before 15 February 2014) Students £5 Supported using public funding by Arts Council England Promoted and supported by Austrian Cultural Forum London

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SCHUBERT STRING QUINTET Schubert String Quintet in C major Signum String Quartet Nicolas Altstaedt cello Considered by some to be one of the greatest compositions in all chamber music, Schubert’s String Quintet was composed in the summer of 1828, just two months before his death. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions)

LSO Community Choir

Fri 21 Mar 12.30–1.15pm

Sat 22 Mar 7.30pm

Sun 30 Mar

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LUNCHTIME CONCERT FOR ALL AGES OVER 5

Rachel Leach presenter Lorenzo Iosco bass clarinet This spring’s Friday lunchtime concerts explore the marriage of senses between music and colour, alongside LSO concerts at the Barbican. Today’s concert features LSO Principal Bass Clarinet Lorenzo Iosco.

GAMELAN CONCERT Andy Channing director LSO Community Gamelan Group plus special guests Lila Cita & Lila Bhawa Immerse yourself in a mesmerising performance of Balinese music and dance, both traditional and contemporary, played on LSO St Luke’s beautiful Gamelan. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions)

Free entry, just turn up on the day! For more information or group bookings, call Kate Gardner on 020 7382 2549 or email kate.gardner@lso.co.uk Supported by Rothschild Charities Committee and LSO Patrons

Fri 21 Mar 7.30pm LSO DISCOVERY

COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT David Lawrence conductor LSO Community Choir In its spring concert, the LSO Community Choir showcases the creative talents of British composers and arrangers, with music by Craig McLeish, Ruairi Edwards, Jay Stannard and more. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions) Part of LSO Sing, which is generously supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

Thu 27 Mar 1pm BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION Glinka Notturno in F minor (‘La séparation’) Blumenfeld Notturno-fantastia in E major Medtner Two Fairy Tales Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition Nikolai Demidenko piano Like many Russian pianists, Nikolai Demidenko shot on to the international scene after winning the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is instantly recognisable from many an ad and TV programme; discover more equally wonderful Russian piano works in this concert that opens the final series of BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts in the 2013/14 season. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions)

CAMDEN MUSIC SPRING FESTIVAL 1pm Camden Training Orchestra Camden Concert Band 7.30pm Camden Youth Jazz Band Camden Sunday Saxes Camden Big Band New Camden Jazz Ensemble London Youth Folk Ensemble Junior and senior young musicians from Camden Music Service perform their end-of-season concerts. Tickets £8 £12 for both concerts if booked at the same time. £4 for under-18s, over-65s and students Promoted by Camden Music Service

14  MARCH Fri 4 Apr 7.30pm SPECIAL GUESTS

FOREST SWORDS LIVE A/V SET + SUPPORT Acclaimed electronic musician Forest Swords performs his debut London headline show following the release of his first album Engravings in August 2013. His 2010 EP Dagger Paths was named as the number one album of the year by FACT Magazine and appeared in the Top 50 Pitchfork albums of the year. Tickets £15 Promoted by ATP Festival

Mon 7 Apr 7.30pm SPECIAL GUESTS LSO Youth Choir

Mon 31 Mar 7.30pm

Thu 3 Apr 1pm

LSO DISCOVERY

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Lucy Griffiths & David Lawrence conductors LSO Youth Choir LSO Discovery Camden Band

Shostakovich Three Preludes Rachmaninov Two Preludes Scriabin Sonatas Nos 5 & 9 Mozart (arr Sudbin) Lacrimosa Sudbin A la minute (paraphrase on a Chopin Waltz)

YOUTH CHOIR CONCERT

Come and hear the LSO Youth Choir in their end-of-term concert, in which the Juniors and Seniors will journey through a wide variety of music, led by their newly-appointed conductors Lucy Griffiths and David Lawrence. The concert also features a creative performance by students from secondary schools in Camden who have been working with the LSO throughout the spring term, led by their director Fraser Trainer. Visit lso.co.uk/video to watch the LSO Youth and Community Choirs in action. Tickets £5 (£3 children) Part of LSO Sing, which is generously supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust LSO Youth Choir is supported by Slaughter and May Charitable Trust

RUSSIAN MASTERS

Yevgeny Sudbin piano Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Scriabin – just a handful of the Russian masters composing in the late Romantic period and early 20th century. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions)

CAMDEN MUSIC SPRING FESTIVAL Some of Camden’s most talented pupils, aged eight to 18, return to LSO St Luke’s for inspiring performances of a wide range of music. Camden Percussion Ensemble Camden Philharmonic Bands Camden Youth Orchestra Tickets £8 £4 for under-18s, over-65s and students Promoted by Camden Music Service

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RUSSIAN PIANO WORKS BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS

For the final series of BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts in the 2013/14 season, LSO St Luke’s will host four leading Russian pianists, who give us a taste of their own venerable national tradition. These four sparkling recitals take in a selection of the greatest Russian Romantic piano works, from Mussorgsky’s evocative Pictures at an Exhibition, his most celebrated work for the piano, to lesser-known but equally imaginative pieces by Taneyev and Blumenfeld. Along with music by Russian masters Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich, there is a particular focus on sonatas by Scriabin, running in tandem with Valery Gergiev’s series of his complete orchestral works with the LSO at the Barbican. The selection of pieces charts a journey through the composer’s career, from early Romantic lyricism to the intense, mysterious chromaticism of his later works. With some of the most skilled and spectacularly virtuosic pianists joining us for the series, including International Tchaikovsky Competition-winner Nikolai Demidenko, these recitals promise to bring the 2013/14 season of BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts to a dazzling conclusion. lso.co.uk/lunchtimeconcerts

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MUSICAL MOMENTS

Scriabin Sonata No 3 Rachmaninov Moments musicaux Nos 1, 2 and 4 Prokofiev Sonata No 7 Boris Giltburg piano

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A sonata Scriabin described as ‘Gothic’ alongside a heartfelt work by Rachmaninov, plus a solemn piece that Prokofiev said was a truer expression of his feelings after being forced to compose the cheery Zdravitsa for Stalin’s 60th birthday. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions)

CAMPBELLS OF GREEPE UBS SOUNDSCAPES: ECLECTICA

Tue 15 Apr 8pm

We continue our season of UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica performances celebrating song and stories of family and of home with The Campbells of Greepe, one of the great dynasties of Gaelic song, who finish the series on Tuesday 15 April. The family’s roots lie in a tiny crofting township on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where music was the constant accompaniment to everyday life. Pipers and singers who love to dance, it’s no surprise that they’re considered the masters of puirt-a-beul, Gaelic mouth music, and their performances encompass a whole musical world – pibroch songs (a form of pipe music featuring variations on a traditional theme), work songs, and the songs of their own community.

UBS SOUNDSCAPES: ECLECTICA

For the final UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica of the season, LSO St Luke’s will welcome three generations of the family, plus special guests including virtuoso American stepdancer Nic Gareiss (pictured below) and award-winning piper Lorne MacDougall, for a lively evening full of beauty, wit and colour. lso.co.uk/eclectica

GAELIC CONNECTIONS The Campbells of Greepe and friends The Campbells of Greepe, a Gaelic singing dynasty who hail from the Isle of Skye in Scotland, bring their live multi-media show to LSO St Luke’s, featuring music and dance performed by the five professional singers in the family and their regular band. Tickets £10 £15 £22

Thu 17 Apr 1pm BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS

ROMANTIC MEETS BAROQUE

Taneyev Prelude and Fugue Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli Prokofiev Sonata No 9 Denis Kozhukhin piano The Rachmaninov Variations, a Romantic take on a Baroque classic, are bookended by works by Taneyev and Prokofiev – Taneyev being the professor who suggested that Prokofiev should start lessons in piano and composition. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions)

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Summer Hig hlights

AURORA ORCHESTRA HOW PURE THE SKY

Join LSO St Luke’s Associate Orchestra Aurora as they look heavenwards for a programme that contemplates virtue, peace, and celestial heights. Sat 1 May 7.30pm

JEREMY DENK GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / LIGETI ÉTUDES

As part of Barbican Presents, join one of the most intelligent and insightful pianists, praised by music writer Alex Ross as having ‘arresting sensitivity and wit’. Alongside Books I and II of Ligeti’s Études, Denk performs Bach’s Goldberg variations. Sat 24 May 7.30pm

CROWD OUT JOIN IN WITH LSO SING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SPITALFIELDS FESTIVAL AND ‘THAMES’

The LSO is one of three partners massing 1,000 voices to take part in Crowd Out – a performance spectacle in Arnold Circus (Shoreditch) that will end the 2014 Spitalfields Music Festival. Now is your chance to join in and take part. Visit lso.co.uk/crowdout for details. Rehearsals start Saturday 22 March The final event is on Saturday 21 June

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ALWAYS ON: LSO DISCOVERY’S REGULAR ACTIVITIES AND HOW YOU CAN BE PART OF THEM LSO Discovery is the LSO’s music education programme, bringing inspirational music to over 60,000 people each year. As well as the various performances and workshops listed in this Guide, LSO Discovery offers a range of weekly clubs for those living or working locally. Making music is only half the story – coming together as a community is at the heart of these groups, and LSO St Luke’s simply wouldn’t be the same without them. Why not give one a go? To find out more about LSO Discovery visit lso.co.uk/lsodiscovery

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SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL! FOR 1- TO 5-YEAR-OLDS

The LSO Early Years team and LSO musicians help little ones sing, listen, move and groove their way through interactive and creative music sessions. For more information email isabel.bedford@lso.co.uk Supported by AXA Investment Managers

LSO COMMUNITY GAMELAN GROUP FOR ALL OVER 16

Explore the hypnotic and dynamic world of Balinese gamelan. Beginners and experienced musicians alike come together to play gongs, metallophones, drums and bamboo flutes, and work towards showcases. For more information email isabel.bedford@lso.co.uk

LSO COMMUNITY CHOIR FOR ADULTS WHO LIVE OR WORK LOCALLY

Now a decade old, the LSO Community Choir is an integral part of LSO St Luke’s. Conducted by David Lawrence, the Choir rehearses weekly and performs regularly with professional artists, including the LSO. For more information email andra.east@lso.co.uk Part of LSO Sing which is generously supported by J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

LSO CREATE

LSO YOUTH CHOIR

FOR ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

FOR 7- TO 18-YEAR-OLDS

Participants and their carers take the spotlight in these interactive workshops that introduce adults with learning disabilities to creative music-making.

A fantastic path for young people to hone their singing talents, make friends and be part of something bigger, with regular chances to perform at diverse venues, including the world-famous Barbican.

For more information email isabel.bedford@lso.co.uk

For more information email andra.east@lso.co.uk

Supported by The Boshier-Hinton Foundation, Rothschild Charities Committee, David and Alexandra Scholey and LSO Friends

Part of LSO Sing which is generously supported by J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust. LSO Youth Choir is supported by Slaughter and May Charitable Trust

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY GROUP FOR 12- TO 18-YEAR-OLDS

A chance for teenagers to make the most of the high-tech studio equipment at LSO St Luke’s, and develop their creativity with the guidance of digital music experts. For more information email chris.rogers@lso.co.uk Supported by LSO Friends

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LSO ST LUKE’S CAFÉ LSO St Luke’s runs its own in-house Bar and Café service. Our Bar and Café Manager Stuart Connery and his team look forward to welcoming you. A selection of hot and cold drinks including a well-stocked bar, sandwiches, snacks, cakes and pastries are available for the majority of public events, opening one hour before concerts begin and during the interval (unless otherwise advertised). Hot food is available before and after BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts on Thursdays. To find out more come along to the Café on your next visit to LSO St Luke’s – and look out for special offers!

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ACCESS You can get this guide in large print, audio and electronic format. Call 020 7490 3939 or email access@lso.co.uk.

Hearing facility We have personal receivers for use with or without a hearing aid in the Jerwood Hall and Clore Gamelan Room. Please call 020 7490 3939 in advance to reserve a personal receiver as numbers are limited.

Membership Visitors who have joined the Barbican Access Membership scheme can inform us of their access requirements, receive information in alternative formats and may be eligible for reductions on tickets. Contact the Box Office or visit barbican.org.uk.

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HIRE LSO ST LUKE’S OUR VENUE An impressive and stylish building just yards from the Silicon Roundabout, LSO St Luke’s offers flexible and inspiring spaces to hire for arts, corporate and private events. The Jerwood Hall is a distinctive central space that can accommodate a broad spectrum of activity, from intimate dinners for 70 guests through to company parties for as many as 450. State-of-the-art contemporary design sits within evocative original features, whilst black-out blinds and acoustic banners provide maximum versatility.

YOUR EVENT After significant investment in our technical infrastructure during 2013, there’s no better time to discover this unique heritage space, and with our experienced team on hand you can organise the perfect event in no time at all. CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS SEMINARS AND TRAINING AWARD CEREMONIES WEDDING RECEPTIONS DINNERS CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PERFORMANCES FILMING AND RECORDING REHEARSALS

Call 020 7566 2871 now to find out how we can help turn your ideas into reality.

ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS LSO St Luke’s is a member of the Islington Climate Change Partnership, an organisation set up five years ago with a commitment to achieve a 15% reduction in carbon emissions across this busy London borough.

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YOUR MONEY, OUR MISSION SUPPORT US London Symphony Orchestra is a registered charity and for us to continue to thrive each year we seek support from companies, individuals and charitable trusts and foundations. Thanks to our funders, we can continue to offer many LSO Discovery activities at little or no cost to participants. Through your support, we can continue to invest in music education and ensure that LSO St Luke’s, the UBS and LSO Music Education Centre, remains at the heart of the local community. To find out more about how you can help, visit lso.co.uk/supportus

BOOKING INFORMATION lso.co.uk (£0.50 booking fee) Phone 020 7638 8891 (10am–8pm Mon–Sat, 11am–8pm Sun, £0.60 booking fee) In person at the Barbican Advance Box Office, Silk Street entrance (10am–9pm Mon–Sat, 12–9pm Sun and Bank Holidays)

HOW TO FIND LSO ST LUKE’S LSO St Luke’s UBS and LSO Music Education Centre 161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG LSO St Luke’s is situated on Old Street, in the heart of central London. It is easy to get to by public transport. Underground Old Street (Northern Line). Take Exit 7 when leaving the station, walk straight ahead and the spire of LSO St Luke’s will become visible. LSO St Luke’s is on the right hand side of the street and the main entrance is on Helmet Row. Buses Old Street – 55 & 243 City Road – 21, 43, 76, 141, 205, 214 & 271 Goswell Road – 4 & 153 National Rail Old Street, Liverpool Street, Moorgate & Farringdon stations Car Parking The nearest NCP parking is at the Barbican Centre lso.co.uk/yourvisit

LSO ST LUKE’S PRINCIPAL DONORS

LSO is funded by Arts Council England in partnership with the City of London Corporation, which also provides the Orchestra’s permanent home at the Barbican

Group Booking for BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts (for 10 or more people) Call our dedicated group booking line on 020 7382 7211 or email groups@barbican.org.uk To find out more visit lso.co.uk/groups LSO St Luke’s, the UBS and LSO Music Education Centre, is the home of LSO Discovery and a venue for a unique range of concerts and events. To find out more visit lso.co.uk/lsostlukes Latecomers are normally admitted during a suitable break in the performance. On occasion, this may not be possible once the performance has started. Some performances are unsuitable for babies or young children. Customers are advised to check before booking. Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult. Concession ticket prices apply to wheelchair users, disabled patrons, over-60s, students, under-16s and the unemployed. All bookings and discounts are subject to availability. All events promoted by, or in association with, the LSO. Photography Benjamin Ealovega, Igor Emmerich, Sasha Gusov, Esther Haase / DG, Con Kelleher, Kevin Leighton, K Miura, Hannah Taylor, Simon Weir Design Steam


LSO St Luke's Spring 2014