6-25 July 2011

The London Symphony Orchestra at the Aix-en-Provence Festival this year will give ten performances of Verdi La Traviata conducted by Louis Langrée and six performances of a new production of Mozart La Clemenza di Tito conducted by Sir Colin Davis, President of the LSO, directed by David McVicar. Both productions feature international star casts. The Orchestra will also perform a concert conducted by Sir Colin Davis on July 17 with a programme of Haydn Symphony No 99, Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 with Nelson Freire soloist and Nielsen Symphony No 6. On July 23 a concert conducted by Valery Gergiev, Principal Conductor of the LSO, will present a programme of Debussy La Mer and Shostakovich Symphony No 8.

The LSO performs opera and concerts in its annual residency at the Aix-en-Provence Festival together with a very significant education and community programme which it has developed working closely with the Festival. LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s award-winning education programme has created the following projects: the Community Opera is a creative collaboration bringing together LSO musicians with 80 people from the diverse communities in Marseille and Aix including Slam poet teenagers, an Arabic Choir and Video Artists to develop their own response to La Clemenza di Tito. Responding to the challenge set by Mozart, the community participants will create their opera in just 18 days, led by Mark Withers and Sybille Wilson. The Junior Orchestra comprises 125 young people from Aix and Marseille of all ages and abilities. They have worked in two intensive periods in April and May on an arrangement of La Traviata and created their own soundtrack to a classic Laurel and Hardy film. Under the direction of LSO animateur Mark Withers with 8 LSO players they performed to a packed audience on May 8. Sound Explorers introduces 5-7 year olds to classical music in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by LSO animateur Vanessa King, 5 LSO players performed a short concert based on a popular children’s story; 300 children and their teachers attended. The Youth Orchestra brings together young professionals from across the Mediterranean to work with Mark Withers and 9 LSO players in the lead up to a concert at the end of the Festival conducted by François-Xavier Roth on July 25 before going on a mini tour to Monaco and Marseille.


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