London Symphony Orchestra

HF458466_429longIt’s been a busy month at LSO St Luke’s, the highlights of which include a series of four lunchtime concerts featuring Russian pianists performing landmark Russian piano works, and the latest works composed and performed by LSO Soundhub members in a showcase concert. Supported by the Esmée Fairborn Foundation, LSO Soundhub offers a flexible environment to explore, collaborate and experiment in composition, and this concert featured music by members Oliver Leith, Lee Westwood and Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian. The Orchestra has just left for an extensive tour of China, South Korea and Vietnam, supported by Reignwood, China Taiping, HSBC and Vietnam Airlines. In Beijing, the Lord Mayor, on his own tour of the region, will join with the LSO. On 15 February the Orchestra performed a UK premiere of a work co-commissioned by the LSO with four other orchestras around the world from Mark-Anthony Turnage. The new work, Håkan, was named after the Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger who performed it. In between concerts, the LSO was at Abbey Road studios recording newly orchestrated Ella Fitzgerald songs to her original vocals. Following a busy January with conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Alpesh Chauhan and Giovanni Antonini, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) had a slightly quieter month on the Barbican stage. Violinist Janine Jansen began her LSO Artist Portrait with the Orchestra that sees three concerts over three months, the first being on 5 February when she performed Bernstein’s Serenade with Sir Antonio Pappano. The Daily Telegraph called it ‘a triumph for Bernstein’s serious side’, giving it a five-star review.