LPO’s ‘Summer Sessions’ – four hour-long chamber concerts every 2nd Wednesday from 15 July

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The London Philharmonic Orchestra launches ‘Summer Sessions’, four hour-long chamber concerts performed by LPO musicians at the Orchestra’s rehearsal venue, Henry Wood Hall in south London. Each concert will be streamed for free on the Orchestra’s YouTube channel every second Wednesday evening beginning on Wednesday 15 July at 7.30pm. These concerts mark the first time LPO musicians will have performed together since mid-March when, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the Orchestra’s remaining performances of the season were cancelled. These 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.

Starting off the series on 15 July is an all-string programme featuring 24 LPO string players led by Pieter Schoeman, performing works by Corelli, Elgar and Grieg. The second concert, broadcast on 29 July, showcases the Orchestra’s wind section who will perform Rossini’s Sonata for Wind Quartet No. 1, Mozart’s Serenade in E flat and Janáček’s sextet Mládi. 12 August features the brass and percussion sections – maintaining a 3-metre distance between players – performing chamber works by past and present LPO members including Richard Bissill and Simon Carrington. The final concert in the series (broadcast on 26 August) is an all-Beethoven programme to celebrate the composer’s 250th anniversary. This final concert features LPO players alongside four musicians from the Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme. The Foyle Future Firsts (FFF) programme offers an annual opportunity for 17 aspiring orchestral musicians to develop their talent and core professional skills. As part of the scheme, the FFF members rehearse, study and perform with LPO members in addition to receiving individual advice and mentoring from their LPO Principal.

David Burke, LPO Chief Executive, commented:
‘We are very excited to be taking these next steps back to live performances after one of the longest enforced breaks in our history. The Summer Sessions offer a special opportunity to get to know the sections of the Orchestra and its players through some of their favourite chamber music, clearly sharing the beauty of musicians making music together.’

Since lockdown began, the London Philharmonic Orchestra has continued to innovate and reach new audiences with a range of initiatives. LPOnline provides a series of free digital performances and insight videos; playlists reflecting the repertoire of cancelled concerts; and ‘Lean in and Listen’, a new series focussing on our national wellbeing that has engaged with hundreds of thousands of people. The Orchestra has partnered with prominent figures from the world of entertainment, such as Russell Brand, Jameela Jamil and Dermot O’Leary, to reach new audiences during these difficult times, encouraging listeners to take a few minutes to connect and reflect with their emotions through classical music.  The LPO has also continued to deliver many of its extensive Education and Community programmes through digital platforms. As Resident Orchestra of the Southbank Centre, the LPO remains in continuous dialogue about bringing music back to audiences as soon as possible.

CONCERT 1 – 15 July
CORELLI – Concerto Grosso in D, Op.6,  No.1
ELGAR – Serenade for Strings
GRIEG – Holberg Suite

VIOLIN I – Pieter Schoeman/Kate Oswin/Minn Majoe/Martin Höhmann/Katalin Varnagy/Thomas Eisner/Yang Zhang/Catherine Craig
VIOLIN II – Helena Smart/Fiona Higham/Joseph Maher/Eriko Nagayama/Nynke Hijlkema/Ashley Stevens
VIOLAS – Richard Waters/Ben Pollani/Ting-Ru Lai/Susanne Martens
CELLI – Pei-Jee Ng/Francis Bucknall/Laura Donoghue/David Lale
BASSES – Kevin Rundell/Sebastian Pennar

CONCERT 2 – 29 July
ROSSINI – Sonata for Wind Quartet No.1 in F major
MOZART – Serenade in E flat, K375

Flute – Juliette Bausor
Oboes – Ian Hardwick, Alice Munday
Clarinets – Benjamin Mellefont, Thomas Watmough, Paul Richards
Bassoons – Jonathan Davies, Simon Estell
Horns – John Ryan, Martin Hobbs

CONCERT 3 – 12 August
Programme to include:
RICHARD BISSILL – Three Piece Suite for  Four Horns (excerpts)
STANLEY WOODS –  John Peel; Alexander takes a swing
LEONARD SALZEDO – Concerto for Percussion, Op.74 (excerpts)
SIMON CARRINGTON – Hampden Celebration
MALCOLM ARNOLD – Four Fanfares
LEONARD SALZEDO – Divertimento, Op.49

Horns – John Ryan, Martin Hobbs, Mark Vines, Gareth Mollison
Trumpets – Paul Beniston, James Fountain, Anne McAneney
Trombones – Mark Templeton, David Whitehouse, Lyndon Meredith
Tuba – Lee Tsarmaklis
Percussion – Andrew Barclay, Henry Baldwin, Keith Millar, Simon Carrington

CONCERT 4 – 26 August
BEETHOVEN – Trio for piano, flute and bassoon in G major; Septet in E flat, Op.20; Quintet for piano and wind instruments in E flat major, Op.16

Piano – Catherine Edwards
Flute – Juliette Bausor
Oboe – Ian Hardwick
Clarinet – Benjamin Mellefont
Bassoon – Jonathan Davies
Horn – John Ryan
Clarinet for Septet – Holly Isherwood (FFF)
Bassoon for Septet – Patrick Bolton (FFF)
Horn for Septet – Joel Roberts (FFF)
Violin – Pieter Schoeman
Viola – Richard Waters
Cello – Tamaki Sugimoto (FFF)
Double bass – Sebastian Pennar

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