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LPO returns to Festival Hall for 13 livestreamed concerts

Edward Gardner, Principal Conductor Designate, opens the LPO Autumn Season with a programme of Widmann, Sibelius and Beethoven

After an absence of six months, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) will return to the Royal Festival Hall on 30 September to launch In the Stream of Life, an Autumn Season of 13 concerts.

For each concert, the orchestra will comprise approximately 60 players, to be complemented by instrumental and vocal soloists.

Edward Gardner, Principal Conductor Designate, opens the season with a programme of Widmann, Sibelius and Beethoven.

Also taking charge of concerts over the three months are Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Guest Conductor Karina Canellakis and guests John Storgårds, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Thierry Fischer, Daniele Rustioni, Hannu Lintu and Thomas Søndergård.

The LPO has secured a partnership with Marquee TV to livestream all 13 concerts to their global audience with free access for the first seven days, after which performances will be added to the LPO collection of concerts and accessible to Marquee subscribers.

The concerts will be filmed by Silent Studios and recorded by the LPO’s audio recording partners K&A Productions.

David Burke Chief Executive of the London Philharmonic Orchestra said, ‘With so much upheaval and uncertainty over recent months, context and perspective have become ever more important. We are reminded how for centuries orchestral music has offered people solace, hope and improved wellbeing. With this in mind this in mind, we were determined to offer a full season or typically ambitious programmes to our audiences in the UK and overseas.

‘I wish to pay tribute to the players and staff of the London Philharmonic Orchestra who have risen to the many challenges posed by the pandemic with great creativity, commitment and determination to ensure that the power of orchestral music is still being brought to audiences around the world. It is an incredibly important next step to be able to bring the full Orchestra back to play together for the first time after so many months.’

‘Thanks must also go to our many supporters who have not only made this Autumn Season possible but have enabled all players to receive a liveable income for as long as necessary.’

Simon Walker CEO and Co-Founder of Marquee TV said, ‘It is Marquee TV’s core mission to offer arts organisations a global, digital platform that connects their performances with audiences worldwide. This historic moment has made a live-digital model like ours a necessity for the continued development and growth of the creative sector and our much-loved arts venues, companies and performers.

‘We’re so excited to be working with the LPO to create a digital home for their new season and to bring their upcoming concerts to an audience hungry for new performances.’