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Simon Rattle with the LSO

Lucy Thraves

Assistant Editor

LSO to collaborate with Music Academy of the West

4:28, 13th April 2018

A new transatlantic partnership will see the London Symphony Orchestra work with California’s Music Academy of the West.

The Academy selects gifted musicians aged between 18 and 34 from America and around the world for its annual summer school, where they become Academy fellows.

Michael Tilson Thomas, the LSO’s conductor laureate, will be in residence at Santa Barbara, California each summer as signature festival conductor. He will be joined by principal players from each section of the LSO throughout the festival’s eight-week duration, and will teach and mentor the fellows.

Twelve of the fellows will be selected to travel to London for ten days of intensive training with the LSO and its musical director, Simon Rattle. During this time, they will live as LSO musicians, participating in rehearsals, performances, and mock auditions.

Scott Reed, president and CEO of the Academy, said, ‘We are thrilled to expand the Music Academy’s global footprint and collaborate with an international partner in providing the best possible training experience for our fellows.’

Managing director of the LSO, Kathryn McDowell, said, ‘Nurturing the next generation of musicians is central to the LSO’s work, so I’m delighted that the orchestra will collaborate with the Music Academy of the West.’

In addition, the LSO and Academy Festival Orchestra will perform in concert and side-by-side in 2019 and 2021.

The partnership will be launched this summer.

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