Listen & Discover

Information about pieces and composers, and the OrchMap, an interactive map of the orchestra with LPO players introducing their instruments.

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uranus

Introduction ‘Uranus: The Magician’ is the sixth movement of The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst. You can read all about The Planets in our Listening Guide. ‘Uranus: The Magician’ ‘Uranus: The Magician’ starts off with a dramatic statement of four notes (G, Eb, A and B), which represent Holst’s name. Holst converted some of the letters of his name into that

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Introduction ‘Mercury: The Winged Messenger’ is the third movement of The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst. You can read all about The Planets in our Listening Guide. ‘Mercury: The Winged Messenger’ In Ancient Rome, the god Mercury was the winged messenger, taking messages from one god to another.  This gives Holst the chance to compose some very fast music which

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mars

Introduction ‘Mars: The Bringer of War’ is the first movement of The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst. You can read all about The Planets in our Listening Guide. ‘Mars: The Bringer of War’ ‘Mars’ starts with a repeated rhythm played by the strings – listen for the unusual tapping sound from them.  For this opening, Holst asks all the string

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jupiter
beethoven's eroica score
folk dancers

When OrchLab visited St Cecilia’s and Garwood Foundation in early 2020, we used Mahler’s Symphony No.5 as our project inspiration.  This Listening Guide gives some background information about Gustav Mahler and his fifth symphony, and takes you through the beautiful Adagietto movement. Gustav Mahler Gustav Mahler was an Austro-German composer who lived between 1860–1911.  He

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Explore the instruments of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Select an instrument shaded dark grey, and watch videos of LPO players introducing their instruments.

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Introduction In 2019, the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed and recorded Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.5, a huge piece for orchestra, which the composer wrote in 1901-2. You can find out more about Mahler’s Fifth Symphony (and in particular its famous Adagietto) in our Listening Guide. This ‘Play along’ activity features a waltz tune from the third

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