Tuesday 7 July 2020

A cautious return to live music making: the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Summer Sessions

Members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Henry Wood Hall
Members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Henry Wood Hall
The musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra are returning to live performing (albeit without an audience) with Summer Sessions, four weekly chamber concerts which will be live-streamed for free from Henry Wood Hall (the orchestra's rehearsal venue) on the orchestra's YouTube channel, beginning on Wednesday 15 July 2020 at 7.30pm. These concerts will be the first time that the musicians of the orchestra have been able to perform together since March. The four concerts feature musicians from all the sections of the orchestra, with strict social distancing rules in place to ensure the health and safety of the players and staff.

Each concert focuses on a different section of the orchestra; on 15 July the strings begin things with a programme of music by Corelli, Elgar and Grieg, and then on 29 July the woodwind perform a programme of Rossini, Mozart and Janacek's Mladi. It is the turn of the brass and percussion on 12 August with a mixed programme featuring music by Richard Bissill, Stanley Woods, Leonard Salzedo, Simon Carrington and Malcolm Arnold. The series concludes on 26 August with an all-Beethoven programme including the Quintet for piano and wind instruments in E flat major and the Septet in E flat.

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