Monday 7 January 2019, Barbican Hall, London
The London Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) will give its first performance of the new year on 7 January 2019. Ryan Wigglesworth will be wielding the baton for Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration and Orchestral Songs: Zueignung, Befreit and Cäcilie with Rachel Nicholls (soprano), followed by a thrilling majesty of highlights from the final episode of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle.
At a reception preceding the concert, the Centre for Young Musicians and its flagship ensemble the LSSO will announce joint celebrations for CYM@50 in 2020 and LSSO@70 in 2021 with a series of exciting new commissions in four concerts inspired by ‘Youth’.
Hailed by Sir Simon Rattle as "an incomparable ambassador for the dynamism and excellence of British youth" the LSSO is a potent symbol of the talents and achievements of London's finest young musicians.
“For almost 70 years, the LSSO has supported young musicians across the capital on their musical journeys” comments LSSO Artistic Director Peter Ash. “Our bursary schemes ensure that young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to join us and work with distinguished conductors and soloists in one of the country’s top concert halls. Each term, these talented young people remind me of the importance of access to musical experiences. I am incredibly proud to work alongside them, and I hope that we will continue to champion young musicians for many years to come.”
The LSSO presents three Barbican concerts plus a summer tour every year. Courses run during the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays, comprising intensive rehearsals and coaching by London's top orchestral musicians.
The orchestra is generously sponsored by the City of London Corporation and managed by the Centre for Young Musicians, a Division of the Guildhall School, as part of the Guildhall Young Artists Programme.