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Welcome to the Barbican for the last two performances in this dynamic series of music by Stravinsky, Debussy and Prokofiev, with our Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev.

On 13 June the Orchestra is delighted to welcome back Russian violinist Vadim Repin for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 1, a work of ravishing lyric invention. On 14 June our Principal Clarinet Andrew Marriner performs Debussy’s First Rhapsody for Clarinet, before we hear Prokofiev’s October Cantata, scored for a massive symphony orchestra, large chorus, accordion band, alarm-bells, siren and speaker.

On behalf of the Orchestra I would like to thank Canon for their generous sponsorship of the 13 June concert and for their ongoing support, and the LSO City Circuit for their support of the 14 June concert.

As part of the Barbican’s 25th Birthday, the LSO’s Barbican concerts on 13 and 14 June will be broadcast live on a big screen in Broadgate Arena, just outside Liverpool Street Station.

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A legend retires (again) On Sunday 3 June, we said farewell to LSO Principal Trumpet Maurice Murphy on his retirement from the LSO after 30 years. Many of you will remember the tribute concert held for Maurice at the Barbican back in 2000 – he assures us that this time his retirement is for real! But we’re delighted that he is playing in these concerts and going with the Orchestra to Russia next weekend.

Maurice is something of a legend in the music world, due in part to his key role in the opening chords of John Williams’s music for the Star Wars films, and he has helped to shape the ‘sound’ of the LSO ever since. He will be much missed.

Visit lso.co.uk to listen to our podcast tribute to Maurice on the LSO website, including an interview with Maurice himself, Star Wars composer John Williams, conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Richard Hickox and Maurice’s LSO colleagues.

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