Guide to the London Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein 100: the LSO’s tribute to a big-hearted man

The LSO celebrates Bernstein's genius with a series of concerts this led by newly installed Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle, and by Bernstein protégé, Marin Alsop.

This is Rattle: LSO new season

It’s been the most hotly anticipated arrival in British classical music for years. Sir Simon Rattle takes up his post as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra with a refreshing season programme. 
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« ...we were certainly treated to a bewitching opening, with Simon Rattle and the LSO's string section producing a tone so warm and shimmering as to transport you from northern winter to sunnier climes faster than a magic carpet. »
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LondonBernard Haitink

Adès, Mendelssohn, Brahms
London Symphony Orchestra; Bernard Haitink; Veronika Eberle

LondonEisenstein's October

Meisel: Film music from October 1917: Ten days that shook the world
London Symphony Orchestra; Frank Strobel

LondonGianandrea Noseda

Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky
London Symphony Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda; Khatia Buniatishvili

LondonLSO Discovery Day: Prokofiev

Prokofiev
London Symphony Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda; Khatia Buniatishvili

LondonHalf Six Fix: Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4 in F minor, Op.36
London Symphony Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda

LondonFamily Concert: Celebrating Bernstein

Bernstein, Mahler
London Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
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Classical tradition as Bernard Haitink joins the LSO for Brahms and Beethoven

Bernard Haitink always provides intelligent symphonic readings and in his interpretation of Brahms' Third, he brought a lifetime of experience to the piece. 
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On the edge of the precipice with the LSO

It was another evening staring into the abyss courtesy of the London Symphony Orchestra, with Britten's Violin Concerto paired with Mahler's Fifth Symphony.
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Supersized, superhuman Stravinsky from Rattle and the LSO

Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring in one evening: superb, unforgettable storytelling.
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Rattle leads the LSO on a thrilling ride into the abyss

The LSO’s pedigree in Berlioz is second to none so La Damnation de Faust acted as the perfect showcase in its “This is Rattle” festival. 
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This is Rattle: music from past and present transfigured and made radical

Simon Rattle returns to the UK in a (self-)portrait concert with the London Symphony Orchestra showcasing contemporary music
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Gurrelieder: an irresistible force at the Proms

A taste of the future with Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO.
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Biography

The London Symphony Orchestra is bringing the greatest music to the greatest number of people. This is at the heart of everything that it does. This commitment to serve music and the people who love music is borne of a unique ethos developed over more than 100 years. Established in 1904 by a number of London’s finest musicians, the LSO is a self-governing musical collective built on artistic ownership and partnership. The Orchestra is still owned by its Members and has a signature sound emanating from the combined zeal and virtuosity of these 95 brilliant musicians who come from around the world; its music-making remains firmly at the centre of the Orchestra’s activities. The LSO is Resident Orchestra at the Barbican in the City of London, where it gives 70 symphonic concerts every year, and performs a further 70 concerts worldwide on tour. The Orchestra works with a family of artists that includes the world’s greatest conductors – Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director Designate, Gianandrea Noseda and Daniel Harding as Principal Guest Conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate and André Previn as Conductor Emeritus. LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s community and education programme based at LSO St Luke’s, brings the work of the LSO with all parts of society and engages with 60,000 people every year. The LSO reaches out much further with its own recording label – LSO Live, the first of its kind which launched in 1999 – and now streams its music to millions around the world.

Visit the LSO website for more information.