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The RCM celebrates Lutoslawski's centenary

Friday 25 January 2013


The RCM is marking the centenary of composer Witold Lutoslawski, one of the 20th century’s most iconic musical figures.

To celebrate the composer's centenary, this February the RCM is joining forces with the Philharmonia Orchestra for Woven Words: “Music begins where words end. RCM musicians are presenting four concerts as part of the festival, including two performances at the Southbank Centre: the first in the Purcell Room on 4 February, which has the composer’s famous String Quartet at its heart, and the second in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 6 February, when the RCM Symphony Orchestra will present his Symphony no 3 alongside works by Debussy and Roussel.

25 January 2013 would have been Lutoslawski's 100th birthday, and so on this date the RCM has made available a gallery of photographs of Lutoslawski conducting an open rehearsal with the London Sinfonietta at the RCM in 1985, taken by RCM student violinist Peter Nall (who now performs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra).

Find out more about Lutoslawski and the Woven Words festival at