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London Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra is resident at the Barbican Centre and performs throughout the UK and abroad. LSO St Luke's is the LSO's music education centre on Old Street and home to the orchestra's education programme, LSO Discovery. Our funding subsidises concerts and supports core costs for both the LSO and LSO St Luke's.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £2,193,283
  • 2013-2014: £2,243,698
  • 2014-2015: £2,302,123

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BMW LSO Open Air Classics 2014 Trailer

Following last year's packed event, on Sunday 11 May 2014 at 6.30pm the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev perform works by Prokofiev, including music based on the ultimate love story Romeo and Juliet, in the third BMW LSO Open Air Classics concert in Trafalgar Square. Also taking to the stage are performers from LSO On Track joined by musicians from the Guildhall School. Bring a picnic and enjoy an early evening concert outdoors, for free. Be sure to arrive early if you're coming along!

Richard Bullen - Scenes From a Tragedy

LSO Soundhub Showcase Concert, LSO St Luke's, Saturday 11 January 2014 Richard Bullen - Composer Daniel Cohen - Conductor Paul Mayes - Trumpet Neil Percy - Percussion John Alley - Piano Fontane Liang - Harp David Alberman - Violin I David Worswick - Violin II Paul Silverthorne - Viola Dan Gardner - Cello Jani Pensola - Double Bass

Collectives and Curiosities - Serenade

LSO Soundhub Showcase Concert, LSO St Luke's, Saturday 11 January 2014 Michael Betteridge & Jacob Thompson-Bell - 'Directors' Gareth Davies - Flute Lorenzo Iosco - Bass Clarinet Paul Mayes - Trumpet John Alley - Piano David Alberman - Violin I David Worswick - Violin II Paul Silverthorne - Viola More information on Collectives and Curiosities at http://collectivesandcuriosities.wordpress.com/

Ayanna Witter-Johnson - Anchor (Black Panther Remix)

LSO Soundhub Showcase Concert, LSO St Luke's, Saturday 11 January 2014 Ayanna Witter-Johnson - Composer, Vocalist, Cellist Daniel Cohen - Conductor www.ayannamusic.com Black Panther available on iTunes: http://bitly.com/1fcQowh Gareth Davies - Flute Lorenzo Iosco - Bass Clarinet Paul Mayes - Trumpet Neil Percy - Percussion John Alley - Piano David Alberman - Violin I David Worswick - Violin II Paul Silverthorne - Viola Dan Gardner - Cello Jani Pensola - Double Bass

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Gregory Emfietzis - Sisyphus Victimised

LSO Soundhub Showcase Concert, LSO St Luke's, Saturday 11 January 2014 Gregory Emfietzis - Composer Daniel Cohen - Conductor Gareth Davies - Flute Lorenzo Iosco - Bass Clarinet Paul Mayes - Trumpet Neil Percy - Percussion David Alberman - Violin I David Worswick - Violin II Paul Silverthorne - Viola Dan Gardner - Cello Jani Pensola - Double Bass Additional video content by Kyveli Anastassiadi.

Darren Bloom - Dr. Glaser's Experiment: Part I

LSO Soundhub Showcase Concert, LSO St Luke's, Saturday 11 January 2014 Darren Bloom - Composer Daniel Cohen - Conductor Gareth Davies - Flute Lorenzo Iosco - Bass Clarinet Paul Mayes - Trumpet Neil Percy - Percussion John Alley - Piano Fontane Liang - Harp David Alberman - Violin I David Worswick - Violin II Paul Silverthorne - Viola Dan Gardner - Cello Jani Pensola - Double Bass Programme note: Dr. Glaser's Experiment is named after Dr. Donald A. Glaser, the Nobel Prize winning particle physicist and inventor of the bubble chamber device -- a precursor to today's particle accelerators. It was the enigmatic and strikingly beautiful images created by these experiments that formed the initial inspiration for this piece. The chambers work by firing charged particles into superheated (above boiling point, without boiling) liquid hydrogen, leaving an ionization track that turns into microscopic trails of bubbles and triggers a set of cameras. Part 1 plunges the listener deep into a dormant bubble chamber. The music is dense, but extremely quiet. Minute changes in texture (such as a quiet pizzicato, low flutter tongue or tremolo, harmonic glissando, etc.) stick out just enough to be distinguished from the rest of the music. Occasional quiet flickers of energy will occur, sometimes interacting with the other material floating nearby. As the music climbs upwards (led by the two violins at the extreme ends of the ensemble), the listeners should imagine themselves on the scale of a subatomic particle, floating and nearly weightless. Although this section of the work sets out an aural depiction of the environment within a bubble chamber, my hope is that the piece, when complete, will serve to celebrate our society's growing knowledge of nature thanks to extraordinary scientists like Donald Glaser.

James Mallinson: Producing LSO Live

James Mallinson has been the producer of the LSO Live label recordings since the label formed in 2000. Here he gives us a little glimpse of how we capture our live performances on CD. Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Oedipus Rex

Sir John Eliot Gardiner speaks about his recording of Oedipus Rex, the latest release on LSO Live...http://lso.co.uk/stravinsky-oedipus-rex-apollon-musagete

Sir Colin Davis - Anthology

LSO Live celebrates its 100th release with a commemorative anniversary box-set dedicated to the memory of Sir Colin Davis (1927--2013) featuring 13 discs including a DVD documentary. To pre-order please follow this link http://lso.co.uk/sir-colin-davis-anthology

Inside the LSO Archives

The LSO is 110 years old in 2014, and is lucky enough to have a large archive of programmes, board minutes, posters, flyers, memorabilia and personal items from the musicians, conductors and soloists who have worked with the orchestra during its long history. In this film LSO Archivist Libby Rice shows us a couple of the items she's most proud of. If you have any items related to the LSO's history, Libby would be delighted to see them. Please see our website for contact details: http://lso.co.uk/history Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

Sir John Eliot Gardiner - Mendelssohn in Portsmouth

Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner discusses Mendelssohn ahead of his visit to the Portsmouth Guildhall with the LSO on 21 March 2014. For tickets please visit the Portsmouth Guildhall website http://www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk/events/london-symphony-orchestra

LSO Soundhub - a platform for emerging composers

Based at LSO St Luke's, LSO Soundhub provides a flexible place where composers can explore, collaborate and experiment with access to vital resources, support from industry professionals and LSO Players; a supportive environment for artists to try out new ideas and develop existing work. Some of the composers describe the benefits of membership in this film. http://lso.co.uk/soundhub Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

Huw Watkins on his new Flute Concerto

LSO Principal Flute Adam Walker has commissioned a brand new Flute Concerto from composer Huw Watkins, to be premiered at the Barbican Hall in London on 23 February 2014 (http://lso.co.uk/144/Mahler-Symphony-No-1/744). Huw talks about the new work and how he has modelled it on Adam's unique sound. Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

LSO Futures: our work with today's composers

Over the last 10 years, and more, the LSO has worked with composers working today, commissioning new major works for the orchestral repertoire and supporting emerging young composers through work in schools and schemes such as Soundhub and the Panufnik Young Composers Scheme. Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies on his new Tenth Symphony

The composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies describes the stories and themes behind his new Tenth Symphony. The symphony was commissioned by the LSO with generous support from UBS as part of 'UBS Soundscapes', and will be premiered at the Barbican Centre on 2 February 2014 by the LSO conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano http://bit.ly/HlxrY6 Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

Meet Daniel Jemison

The LSO's new Principal Bassoon Daniel Jemison joined the Orchestra in December 2013. He joins Rachel Gough as Principal Bassoon, under the LSO's dual principals system. In this film we find out how when he first started, the bassoon wasn't even his second choice of instrument to learn... Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

The Artist - Live Conversation

A live conversation with the musical team behind The Artist. Composer - Ludovic Bource Conductor - Ernst van Tiel Executive Music Producer - Jérôme Lateur

LSO Sing: getting the local community singing

For the last 10 years the London Symphony Orchestra has supported singing in the local community around its venue LSO St Luke's through the Community and Youth Choirs. The choirs' conductors Lucy Griffiths and David Lawrence explain the importance of the groups to the LSO. Produced, edited and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

Film Composers on the LSO

As we approach our special 60th birthday concert for the film composer Patrick Doyle (1 December 2013 7.30pm at the Barbican in London http://bit.ly/1g4TzFl) we asked Patrick why he uses the LSO to record so many of his film scores. Also features contributions from regular collaborators John Williams, James Horner and George Fenton. Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

Emanuel Ax at the London Symphony Orchestra

Pianist Emanuel Ax performed with the LSO in London and New York during October, and also took the time to direct a masterclass with young talented pianists on the LSO's Orchestral Artistry programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He explains why this kind of work with an orchestra is so important. Edited, directed and produced by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

Mark-Anthony Turnage & Daniel Harding

Mark-Anthony Turnage's Speranza & From the Wreckage available now on Super Audio CD and download. Featuring soloist Håkan Hardenberger and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding. iTunes: http://bit.ly/1bqPo1B Super Audio CD: http://bit.ly/15TbQA8

Meet Joel Quarrington

The LSO's new Principal Double Bass Joel Quarrington, who joined the Orchestra at the end of August, talks about his new section and living in London. Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

LSO Play - The new online experience from the LSO

http://play.lso.co.uk We're excited to launch LSO Play, a brand new interactive online experience that allows you to get inside the orchestra. Using HD video footage of the LSO in concert, LSO Play allows you to see up to four different camera views at once. Choose from soloists, different sections of the orchestra and a close up of the conductor, views previously only seen by the musicians themselves. You'll also find master classes by LSO players, contextual information on the musical background and history of the repertoire, and if you're a teacher, resource packs to download and use in classroom music lessons. LSO Play launches with Ravel's Bolero, and will grow to include further HD recordings of the LSO in concert in the near future.

Brahms Symphonies (Valery Gergiev, LSO)

Brahms Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, Tragic Overture, Haydn Variations available now on Super Audio CD and download. Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev in the Barbican Hall. Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, Tragic Overture, Variations on a Theme of Haydn iTunes: http://bit.ly/1gxyG1x Super Audio CD: http://bit.ly/1aZcRHI

Szymanowski Symphonies (Valery Gergiev, LSO)

Szymanowski Symphonies Nos 1 - 4, Stabat Mater available now on Super Audio CD and download. Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev in the Barbican Hall. Soloists Toby Spence (tenor, Symphony No 3) and Denis Matsuev (pianist, Symphony No 4). Symphonies Nos 1 & 2: http://bit.ly/10tMkye Symphonies Nos 3 & 4, Stabat Mater: http://bit.ly/166DCGz

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