Orchestral

  • Gary-Karr
    Debate

    Too few conductors understand their double bass section

    2016-06-06T00:00:00Z

    Though the standard of double bass playing has risen exponentially during the past 50 years, conductors’ attitudes towards the instrument have barely changed

  • star-wars-kids
    Article

    Quebec violin students perform Star Wars theme with lightsaber bows

    2016-05-31T00:00:00Z

    Students from the École de l'Harmonie in Quebec perform John Williams's Star Wars theme with lightsaber bows in December 2015. The bows were made using LEDs by violin teacher Philippe Amyot. 'Balancing the bows was hard work for the children because of the added weight,' he said. Watch: ...

  • MariinskyPalmyra1
    Article

    Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra performs at Palmyra ruins in Syria

    2016-05-06T00:00:00Z

    Valery Gergiev conducted the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in a concert at the ruins of Palmyra, Syria yesterday. The historic site was recaptured from the so-called Islamic State (IS) by Syrian forces backed by Russian air strikes in March. The orchestra performed works by Bach, Prokofiev and Shchedrin at ...

  • 3D1
    Gallery

    3D-printed miniature orchestra at Musical Instrument Museum

    2015-12-22T00:00:00Z

    The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, US, has created the world's first, complete, 3D-printed miniature symphony orchestra. A number of musicians, mainly from London City Orchestra, were photographed by London studio my3Dtwin in a special 360-degree booth, with cameras arranged to capture every angle of the musician and his or ...

  • silverthorne1
    Blogs

    I didn’t understand really good ensemble playing before joining the LSO, says violist Paul Silverthorne

    2015-09-24T00:00:00Z

    As the London Symphony Orchestra’s long-serving viola principal prepares to leave for a new Chinese appointment, he speaks to Toby Deller about 25 wonderful years with the ensemble

  • Memory11
    Article

    Aurora Orchestra performs Mozart's Symphony no.40 from memory

    2015-07-28T00:00:00Z

    The Aurora Orchestra performs Mozart's Symphony no.40 from memory at the BBC Proms in 2014 conducted by Nicholas Collon. Read The Strad's article, 'Playing by Heart', about the increasing number of orchestras performing from memory in the August 2015 issue , out now. Subscribe to The Strad ...

  • SharkWeek1
    Article

    Violinist Joshua Bell and London Symphony Orchestra change perceptions of sharks

    2015-07-16T00:00:00Z

    The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has traditionally played host to programmes designed to heighten the terrifying image of sharks. However, this year the channel has teamed with composer J. Ralph to create an original piece entitled ‘Theodora’ focusing on the majesty of these animals. Recorded at Abbey Road ...

  • MidsummerAudition1
    Article

    Orchestral audition masterclass on Midsummer Night's Dream at Royal College of Music

    2015-07-01T00:00:00Z

    The stroke is a little too cushioned. It needs to be a little shorter and crisper' Morgensterns in partnership with the Musicians’ Union present a string audition masterclass on Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream at The Royal College of Music in London. On the panel are Pieter Schoeman, London ...

  • RCMOrchAudition1
    Article

    Orchestral audition masterclass on Don Juan at Royal College of Music

    2015-06-18T00:00:00Z

    I remember doing a class on Richard Strauss's Don Juan with Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Joseph Silverstein. A student came in just one beat late and he said, 'You've just lost the job!'' - London Philharmonic Orchestra leader Pieter Schoeman Morgensterns in partnership with the Musicians' Union present ...

  • 1000Cellos1
    Article

    1,000 cellists perform in Japan

    2015-06-03T00:00:00Z

    On 24 May 2015, 1,000 cellists came together in Sendai, Japan to support the victims of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. This was the fifth Japanese mass cello event since 1998, when the first such concert took place in aid of the victims of the Hanshin-Awaji earthquake. ...