December podcast – Anderson’s Fantasias, and introducing The Band

In December’s podcast, Julian Anderson, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer in Residence, sheds light on how he composed his virtuoso work Fantasias. From the simplicity of the opening brass fanfare via the canopy and birds of the Rain Forest, to Tom and Jerry, he helps us understand some of the challenges of taking risks in composition. As this podcast was being produced, we heard that Fantasias won the orchestral category of the British Composers Awards 2011!

Fantasias has been the inspiration and starting point for this term’s work by The Band, run by the Orchestra’s Education and Community programme. Led by Tim Steiner, young musicians from South London create and perform their own music, alongside members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

If you’ve enjoyed finding out about The Band, might you consider making a £5 donation as part of our Annual Appeal? You can give online or by text message by sending the text PHIL12 £5 to 70070

The Band is supported by The Hobson Charity and The Stansfield Trust.

Listen to the podcast from the LPO website >

Also available from itunes.

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