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The last month has seen the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) embark on an extensive tour of the Far East. The Orchestra was honoured to open the tour with the inaugural concert of the British Council’s 2017 UK-Korea Year of Culture on 20 February in Seoul, supported by HSBC. Since its first visit in 2004 the LSO has sought to deepen cultural ties with China, and this year’s tour – supported by LSO Principal Partner Reignwood, with China Taiping sponsoring two performances – marked the Orchestra’s sixth visit to the country. In Seoul and Beijing the Orchestra was also joined by the Lord Mayor, whose own tour of the region coincided with the LSO’s performances. Inspired by the success of our annual BMW LSO Open Air concerts in Trafalgar Square, on 4 March the LSO became the first British orchestra to perform in Vietnam with an open-air concert in Hanoi. This free event, sponsored by Vietnam Airlines, attracted around 70,000 people. Upon the Orchestra’s return to the UK, they were delighted to announce that François-Xavier Roth will become LSO Principal Guest Conductor from September 2017. Francois returned to lead the penultimate installment of his ‘After Romanticism’ series on 30 March. This month has also seen five further concerts at the Barbican, with a number of performers making their LSO debuts, icluding conductor Susanna Mälkki, pianist Igor Levit and conductor Alain Altinoglu. March’s BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert series at LSO St Luke’s focused on the Nash Ensemble, marking the group’s third residency at the venue.