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    Too few conductors understand their double bass section


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

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    Quebec violin students perform Star Wars theme with lightsaber bows


    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: ...

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    Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra performs at Palmyra ruins in Syria


    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 ...

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    3D-printed miniature orchestra at Musical Instrument Museum


    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 ...

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


    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

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


    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 ...

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    Violinist Joshua Bell and London Symphony Orchestra change perceptions of sharks


    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 ...

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


    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 ...

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    Orchestral audition masterclass on Don Juan at Royal College of Music


    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 ...

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    1,000 cellists perform in Japan


    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. ...