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Celebrating a decade of music for everyone: a jam-packed 12-day festival at one of Islington's most beautiful concert venues. Thursday 21 March Monday 1 April 2013, LSO St Lukes, 161 Old Street, London EC1V 9NG.

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10th Birthday FestivalCelebrating a decade of music for everyonethursday 21 March to Monday 1 april 2013LSO St Lukes 161 Old Street, EC1VLondon Symphony Orchestralso.co.uk 3 2Free recitalsChoral musicYoung musiciansWorld musicInteractive workshopsMasterclassesEmerging composersone aMazing building.Study daysChamber concerts12 days. 17 events. one festival.lso.co.uk 5 4 introductionlso st lukes: More than Meets the eyeYou probably walk past us all the time. Contrary to popular belief, were not a church!Ten years ago, in 2003, the London Symphony Orchestra, resident up the road at the Barbican Centre, decided to transform what was a ruined, old church into a totally unique music venue for everyone to enjoy, together with one of its corporate partners, UBS.Created principally as a space for the Orchestras education and community projects, as well as for the LSO themselves to rehearse in, the venue also hosts scores of concerts each year at little or no cost to the public, exploring genres as far-reaching as world music, folk and jazz alongside classical.As a Grade I-listed building with a stunning contemporary interior, LSO St Lukes has proved a hit with the hire market too, and regularly hosts award-ceremonies, gala dinners and more. Whats inside?Were not just a beautiful concert hall. We also have a welcoming caf and bar situated in the old crypt (see page 14) serving hot food, snacks and drinks, a Digital Technology unit, specially designed Gamelan room and meeting spaces available for hire.The building is fully accessible and is a member of the Islington Climate Change Partnership, committed to cutting carbon emissions. Read more at lso.co.uk/lsostlukes.10th birthday festival: celebrating a dazzling decade of Music for everyoneThe past decade has seen outstanding music-making take place within these four walls. Weve welcomed Chinese piano star Lang Lang as Artist-in-Residence; witnessed Sting perform on the lute as part of the quirky Eclectica series; presented a free lunchtime concert with violin virtuoso Midori; hosted BBC sessions with Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Annie Lennox (to name but a few); acted as a base for countless LSO rehearsals, many open to the public; and celebrated our community with hundreds of performances from local people of all ages. March 2013 marks ten years since LSO St Lukes opened. To mark the occasion, were hosting a twelve-day Festival, from 21 March to 1 April. Theres a huge range of events to watch and get involved in. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast daily lunchtime concerts live from the building. The LSOs education and community programme, LSO Discovery, will present showcases, interactive events and masterclasses. And it wouldnt be a birthday party without special guests, so weve invited the award-winning Aurora Orchestra and middle-eastern jazzer and oud player Dhafer Youssef along for the ride. hoW you can take partWith 17 events packed into twelve days, there are endless ways for you to get involved in this celebration. Turn the page for live performances you can sit back and enjoy, if you want to discover more about whats behind the music see page 8, and check out page 10 for events and activities to entertain the whole family.Find out more lso.co.uk/lsostlukes10lso.co.uk 7 6 live perforManceslive perforMances: sit back and enjoyIf you love the experience of live music, why not come along to one of these performances? From gorgeous classical music (BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts, Aurora Orchestra), to world music (Dhafer Youssef, Gamelan) and contemporary music by the best new crop of composers (Present. Curate. Collaborate. Innovate.), theres something for everyone. Fri 22 Mar 7.30pmgaMelan concertAndy Channing director Gamelan Lila Cita LSO Community Gamelan Group Immerse yourself in a vibrant performance of traditional and contemporary Balinese music; plus, hear some new arrangements which celebrate the 10th birthday.Tickets 7 (5 concessions) Sat 23 Mar 7.30pmaurora: neW Moves insoMniaNicholas Collon conductor Allan Clayton tenor Thomas Gould violin Aurora OrchestraA dynamic, award-winning chamber orchestra, Aurora presents a concert on the enthralling theme of sleep and dreams.Tickets 12 18 25 30 (20% student discount)Auroras New Moves series is supported by Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Mon 25 Mar 7.30pmpresent. curate.collaborate. innovate.The LSOs new initiative for emerging composers, LSO Soundhub, joins forces with teenage members of the Digital Technology Group. Curated by MOBO-nominee and Soundhub composer Ayanna Witter-Johnson.Tickets 7 (5 concessions)LSO Digital Technology Group is supported by David and Alexandra Scholey. LSO Soundhub is supported by the Esme Fairbairn Foundation. Tue 26 Mar 1pmbbc radio 3 lunchtiMe concert Wihan quartetMozart String Quartet in D minor Dvork String Quartet in F major (American)Tickets 10 (9 concessions) Tue 26 Mar 7.30pmlso coMMunity choir concertAs part of the LSO St Lukes birthday celebrations, the Community Choir celebrates its own anniversary with a programme of highlights drawn from ten happy years of music-making.Tickets 7 (5 concessions)Part of the LSO and LSC Choral Development Programme which is generously supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust Wed 27 Mar 1pmbbc radio 3 lunchtiMe concert lso string orchestraSchoenberg Verklrte Nacht Tchaikovsky Serenade for StringsRoman Simovic leader LSO String OrchestraTickets 10 (9 concessions)Thu 28 Mar 1pmbbc radio 3 lunchtiMe concert nicholas angelichRavel Extracts from Miroirs Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales Mussorgsky Pictures at an ExhibitionNicholas Angelich pianoTickets 10 (9 concessions)Thu 28 Mar 8pmubs soundscapes: eclectica dhafer youssefDhafer Youssef voice, oud Eivind Aarset guitar Kristjan Randalu piano Phil Donkin bass Chander Sardjoe drumsThe oud is a pear-shaped guitar characteristic of Middle Eastern music. Its captivating sound finds an ideal exponent in Dhafer Youssef, who as a boy in Tunisia was so poor that he crafted his own instrument out of scraps, and who has gone on to dominate the world music and jazz scenes. Tickets 10 15 22Fri 29 Mar 1pmbbc radio 3 lunchtiMe concert nash enseMbleSchubert OctetTickets 10 (9 concessions)Thu 21 Mar 1pmbbc radio 3 lunchtiMe concert vienna piano trioHaydn Piano Trio in C major Beethoven Allegretto in B-flat major Ravel Piano TrioTickets 10 (9 concessions)Fri 22 Mar 1pmbbc radio 3 lunchtiMe concert vienna piano trioSchubert Trio movement in B-flat major Notturno in E-flat major Piano Quintet in A major (Trout)Tickets 10 (9 concessions)I stumbled into a BBC Radio 3 concert a few years ago, on my lunch-break. I was totally transported by that hour and couldnt believe this beautiful building existed, tucked away on busy Old Street. Ive since seen all sorts here, including gypsy music, jazz and the Community Choir. Theres always something new to try.Shanika (43), Islington lso.co.uk 9 a little bit extra: discover More and get involvedSometimes you want to do more than just watch the professionals do their thing.These events offer something extra on top of a performance, whether its the chance to observe a rehearsal (Brahms Discovery Day, Masterclass), take part in a Q&A (Lunchtime Concert) or actually pick up an instrument yourself (Not(e) Perfect Orchestra).Sun 24 Mar 10am5.30pmbrahMs discovery dayFind out more about Romantic composer Johannes Brahms with exclusive access to an LSO rehearsal followed by a lecture and a one-off performance of Brahms String Sextet by LSO string players. Tickets 17 (13.50 concessions). Afternoon only 12 (from 2.30pm) Sat 30 Mar 10am5pm Workshops 5.306pm Concertnot(e) perfect orchestra FOR ALL AGES OVER 18Wish you hadnt given up your instrument all those years ago? Paul Rissmann and members of the LSO will work with you and your new band-mates to refresh your skills and prepare an informal concert for family and friends, including Elgars Nimrod. We invite all adults who havent played recently, or never get to perform with others.Tickets 10, booking essential To apply visit lso.co.uk/noteperfect or call 020 7382 2584 Mon 1 Apr 10am2pmfaMily open dayVanessa King workshop leader plus special guests On Easter Monday LSO St Lukes will be completely taken over for this special, one-day event to celebrate its 10th birthday. There will be a variety of exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy, from interactive music sessions with LSO players, to a collaborative art project to help us tell the stories behind the building, including the myth behind the golden dragon on top of the spire! Babies and toddlers are also invited to join the fun with their very own musical VIP baby corner. The day will end with an exciting story-telling concert for the whole family.Tickets 3 children, 5 adults, booking essential (under 12 months free, no ticket required)Im interested in watching what goes on behind the scenes so Discovery Days are perfect for me watching the full Orchestra rehearse is fascinating and makes you appreciate the concert performances even more.Mike (56), HampsteadMon 25 Mar 12.301.15pmlunchtiMe concert SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES OVER 5To mark LSO St Lukes 10th birthday, LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies has invited the Tempest Flute Trio, all LSO Woodwind Academy graduates, to join him in a performance of works for Flute Quartet, including a commission from a Soundhub Composer. Presented by Rachel Leach.Free entry, no ticket requiredSupported by the Coutts Charitable Trust and LSO Friends Wed 27 Mar 3.305.30pmMasterclass: roMan siMovicLSO Leader Roman Simovic focuses in on chamber music with musicians from the Guildhall School.Free entry, booking essential 8 discover More & get involvedto bring the Whole faMily to: experience Music together Live music brings people together and can create unforgettable moments for your family. The events listed here are sure to inspire your children. Who knows, perhaps they could be the next LSO musicians? The Family Open Day is the perfect way to enjoy Easter and find out more about the exciting stories behind LSO St Lukes.Thu 21 Mar 7pmlso on track: olyMpic orchestraMatthew Gibson conductor LSO musicians & LSO On Track young musicians The LSO On Track Orchestra from the London 2012 Opening Ceremony comes together to re-live the Olympic magic.Tickets 3 children, 5 adultsLSO On Track is supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation, the Hedley Foundation, Sir John Casss Foundation and UBS Mon 25 Mar 12.301.15pmlunchtiMe concert SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES OVER 5To mark LSO St Lukes 10th birthday, LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies has invited the Tempest Flute Trio, all LSO Woodwind Academy graduates, to join him in a performance of works for Flute Quartet, including a commission from a Soundhub Composer. Presented by Rachel Leach.Free entry, no ticket requiredSupported by the Coutts Charitable Trust and LSO FriendsSat 30 Mar 10am5pm Workshops 5.306pm Concert not(e) perfect orchestra FOR ALL AGES OVER 18Paul Rissmann animateur Wish you hadnt given up your instrument all those years ago? Paul Rissmann and members of the LSO will work with you and your new band-mates to refresh your skills and prepare an informal concert for family and friends, including Elgars Nimrod. We invite all adults who havent played recently, or never get to perform with others.Tickets 10, booking essential To apply visit lso.co.uk/noteperfect or call 020 7382 2584 Mon 1 Apr 10am2pmfaMily open dayVanessa King workshop leader plus special guests On Easter Monday LSO St Lukes will be completely taken over for this special, one-day event to celebrate its 10th birthday. There will be a variety of exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy, from interactive music sessions with LSO players, to a collaborative art project to help us tell the stories behind the building, including the myth behind the golden dragon on top of the spire! Babies and toddlers are also invited to join the fun with their very own musical VIP baby corner. The day will end with an exciting story-telling concert for the whole family.Tickets 3 children, 5 adults, booking essential (under 12 months free, no ticket required)I brought my kids to the Early Years Workshops a few years ago and havent looked back. The workshop leaders and LSO musicians are so full of energy and passion; they inspire the children to delight in sound. Its magical.Sarah (32), Hackney lso.co.uk 11 10 for the Whole faMilyalWays on: lso discoverys regular activities and hoW you can be part of theM LSO Discovery is the LSOs music education programme, bringing great music to over 60,000 people each year. As well as the various performances and workshops listed in this Festival Guide, 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 Lukes simply wouldnt be the same without them. Why not give one a go?To find out more about LSO Discovery visit lso.co.uk/lsodiscoverylso.co.uk 13 12 lso discoverys regular activitiesshake, rattle and roll! for 1- to 5-year-oldsThe LSO Early Years team and LSO players help little ones sing, listen, move and groove their way through interactive and creative music sessions. For more information email natalie.chivers@lso.co.uklso coMMunity gaMelan group for all over 16Explore 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 termly showcases. For more information email natalie.chivers@lso.co.uklso youth choir for children aged 718A fantastic place 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 andra.east@lso.co.uk Supported by Finsbury Educational Foundation and Slaughter and May Charitable Trustlso coMMunity choir for adults Who live or Work locallyNow a decade old, the Community Choir is an integral part of LSO St Lukes. Founded by TV star Gareth Malone, the choir rehearses weekly and performs regularly with professional artists, including the LSO. For more information email andra.east@lso.co.uklso create for adults With learning difficultiesParticipants and their carers take the spotlight in these interactive workshops which introduce adults with learning difficulties to creative music-making. For more information email natalie.chivers@lso.co.ukSupported by The Ann & Frederick OBrien Charitable Trust and Rothschild Charities Committeedigital technology group for 12- to 18-year-oldsA chance for teenagers to make the most of the high-tech studio equipment at LSO St Lukes, and develop their creativity under the guidance of digital music experts. For more information email chris.rogers@lso.co.ukSupported by David and Alexandra Scholeylso.co.uk 15 14 lso st lukes cafaccessYou can get this festival guide in large print, audio and electronic format. Call 020 7490 3939, email access@lso.co.uk or visit lso.co.uka place to relax: lso st lukes cafLSO St Lukes is proud to run its own lively in-house Bar and Caf. Hot and cold drinks, a well-stocked bar, sandwiches, snacks, cakes and other sweet treats are available for most events, opening an hour before concerts begin. Delicious hot meals are on offer before and after BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts. We guarantee you wont be disappointed!So why not come along to the Caf on your next visit to LSO St Lukes? Our friendly team look forward to welcoming you!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.MARCH Monday 18Tuesday 19 Wednesday 20 Thursday 211pm Vienna Piano Trio7pm On Track OrchestraFriday 221pm Vienna Piano Trio7.30pm Gamelan ConcertSaturday 237.30pm Aurora: New Moves InsomniaSunday 2410am Brahms Discovery DayMonday 2512.30pm Discovery Lunchtime Concert7.30pm Present. Curate. Collaborate. Innovate.Tuesday 261pm Wihan Quartet7.30pm Community ChoirWednesday 271pm LSO String Orchestra3.30pm MasterclassThursday 281pm Nicholas Angelich8pm Dhafer YoussefFriday 291pm Nash EnsembleSaturday 3010am Not(e) Perfect OrchestraSunday 31Easter Sunday7.30pm LSO at the Barbican: Brahms German Requiem7.30pm LSO at the Barbican: Brahms German RequiemAPRIL Monday 110am Family Open DayTuesday 2 Wednesday 3 Thursday 4 Friday 5 Saturday 6 Sunday 7festival calendar at a glancebooking detailslso.co.ukPhone 020 7638 8891 (10am8pm MonSat, 11am8pm Sun)In person at the Barbican Advance Box Office, Silk Street entrance (10am9pm MonSat, 129pm Sun and Bank Holidays)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 Gautier Deblonde, Igor Emmerich, Olivia Hemingway, Nancy Horowitz, Steve Bainbridge (Islington Council), Kevin Leighton, Bill Robinson, Mario de Sa, Simon Weir LSO St Lukes UBS and LSO Music Education Centre 161 Old Street London EC1V 9NGLSO St Lukes Principal Donors