The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Since its formation in 1904, it has always attracted excellent players from all over the world, many of whom have flourishing solo, chamber music and teaching careers alongside their orchestral work.
The LSO’s roster of soloists and conductors is second to none, including Principle Conductor Valery Gergiev, André Previn as Conductor Laureate, and Daniel Harding and Michael Tilson Thomas as Principle Guest Conductors. Bernard Haitink, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Pierre Boulez and Sir Simon Rattle are also regular guests.
The LSO is proud to be Resident Orchestra at the Barbican in the City of London, presenting over 70 concerts a year to its London audiences, and a further 70 concerts abroad on tour, and has thrived on the stability its permanent home has offered since 1982. In addition, the Orchestra has a successful annual residency at Lincoln Centre, New York, and is the international resident orchestra of La Salle Pleyel in Paris, also appearing regularly in Japan and the Far East, as well as in all the major European cities.
The LSO was the official Orchestra of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Ceremonies, memorably performing Chariots of Fire with Rowan Atkinson and conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. The LSO has also recorded music for hundreds of films, including Philomena, Pixar’s Brave, four of the Harry Potter films, The King’s Speech, Superman and all six Star Wars movies.
Outside the concert hall, the Orchestra’s many other activities include an energetic and ground-breaking education and community programme, a record company, a music education centre and pioneering work in the field of digital music.