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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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Maxim Boon - Flock/Murmur

LSO Soundhub Showcase for Phase I Composers at LSO St Luke’s on Saturday 28 June 2014

Robert Szymanek - There for Me

Piano - Robert Szymanek

Robert Szymanek - Silhouettes

Alto flute / flute - Joshua Batty Live Loop Pedals - Robert Szymanek

Helen Papaioannou - Metal Clay

LSO Soundhub Showcase for Phase I Composers at LSO St Luke’s on Saturday 28 June 2014 Michael Speers Percussion Renzo Spiteri Percussion

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Laurence Osborn - Change Ringing

LSO Soundhub Showcase for Phase I Composers at LSO St Luke’s on Saturday 28 June 2014 Change Ringing is a collaborative artwork by artist Peter Shenai and composer Laurence Osborn that forms around a playable sculpture and a large-scale composition. The sculpture incorporates a set of six bronze bells designed and cast by artist Peter Shenai. Their shapes are mathematically derived from graphic statistical representations of summer temperatures at seventeen-year intervals over the course of the twentieth century. Arranged according to the chronology of their corresponding data sets and struck in order, the bells voice a series of inharmonic spectra that communicate sonically the story of climate change during the twentieth century. This series forms the basis for Laurence Osborn’s twenty-five minute composition, scored for string orchestra and the bells themselves. Cond: Darren Bloom Violin 1: David Worswick Violin 2: Aisha Orazbayeva Violin 3: Sophie Mather Viola. 1: German Clavijo Viola 2: Jennifer Ames Viola 3: Stephen Upshaw Cello 1: Colin Alexander Cello 2: Gregor Riddell Double Bass: Jani Pensola Bells: Barnaby Archer

Helen Papaioannou - Fracutred Moulds, Scattered Signals

LSO Soundhub Showcase for Phase I Composers at LSO St Luke’s on Saturday 28 June 2014 Michael Speers Percussion Renzo Spiteri Percussion Marcus Somerville Trumpet Alonso Garrigues Muñoz Bass guitar Katerina Perdikomati Piano Mārtiņš Baumanis Synthesizer Della Angelina Synthesizer Mela Boev Voice Laurel S. Pardue Violin

Laurie Tompkins - Right Here

LSO Soundhub Showcase for Phase I Composers at LSO St Luke’s on Saturday 28 June 2014 David Worswick - Violin Paul Mayes - Trumpet Holly Melia - Flute

Musicians in wartime: the LSO in World War I

LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies introduces some of the research work that has been going on during the World War I centenary year to uncover the history of the London Symphony Orchestra and its musicians during 1914–1918. The LSO is the only London orchestra from that time still surviving today, and we have uncovered a wealth of stories and information about the music and musicians and how they were affected by the war. Find out more: Read the World War I blog: LSO musicians' community on the Lives of the First World War digital memorial: LSO events marking the World War I centenary:

Music, Poetry and the Trauma of War: The LSO commemorates World War I

During the weekend of 31 October–2 November 2014 the LSO will mark the centenary of the start of World War I with a series of events, culminating in the premiere of a major new work by Sally Beamish, Equal Voices, at an evening concert at the Barbican Centre in London. In this film Sally Beamish, poet Sir Andrew Motion, conductor Gianandrea Noseda and soloists Shuna Sendall and Marcus Farnsworth introduce the new work, and Principal Flute Gareth Davies explains the background of the London Symphony Orchestra during the War. More info and buy tickets for the weekend of events: Fri 31 Oct 1pm, LSO St Luke's A free lunchtime concert featuring the songs of World War I Sat 1 Oct 10am, LSO St Luke's Family music and art workshops - come and create an opera in a day based on our World War I stories Sun 2 Nov 10am, LSO St Luke's A Musical Brain study day, focusing on the role of music in the theatre of war Sun 2 Nov 7.30pm, Barbican LSO concert featuring the world premiere of Sally Beamish's Equal Voices

Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Mendelssohn Trailer

Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Mendelssohn Symphony No 3, Overture: The Hebrides and Schumann Piano Concerto performed by Maria João Pires is now available to order on Super Audio CD & the new format Pure Audio Blu-ray disc, with additional bonus video content of the full performance. Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner in the Barbican Hall. To order your copy please visit, or to download from iTunes

Alexandre Desplat invites you to his concert!

Film composer Alexandre Desplat is inviting you to attend a concert of his music from films such as The Queen, Philomena, Argo and Harry Potter 7 with the London Symphony Orchestra on 11 December 2014 at the Barbican Centre in London. Click here for tickets:

LSO Moving Music Campaign

The Moving Music campaign aims to raise £9 million, including £3 million of new funding from Arts Council England on the condition that the LSO raises £6 million itself. With this major new funding, the LSO aims to take music beyond the concert hall, using digital technology to capture key performances and share them with over one million people worldwide every year. For many, this will be their first experience of hearing and seeing a live symphony orchestra. The recordings will help transform the scope of the LSO Discovery programme, which is at the heart of this campaign, bringing new musical experiences to an extra 100,000 young people each year, as well as other new audiences, at home and overseas. Read more about the Moving Music campaign and donate online: and donate here

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique & Overture: Waverley is now available to order on Super Audio CD & the new format Pure Audio Blu-ray disc, with additional bonus video content of Symphonie fantastique. UK release date is 29th September 2014. Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Valery Gergiev in the Barbican Hall. To order your copy please visit, or to download from iTunes, including video footage of Symphonie fantastique, click here

Pappano on Panufnik

Ahead of his concert with the LSO on 19 October 2014, which marks Sir Andrzej Panufnik's centenary year, Sir Antonio Pappano discusses the composer's Tenth Symphony. Find out more about the concert, which takes place at the Barbican, here:

Transporting the LSO

Moving an entire orchestra around the world is no mean feat! Stage and Transport Manager Alan Goode and his team are the first ones at work and last ones home - find out how they do it in this behind the scenes look at stage managing the LSO. Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions

Rites of Passage

On Monday 23 June the LSO presents Rites of Passage, a spectacular showcase concert celebrating the incredible journey on which music can take both audiences and performers alike. Conductor Ben Gernon tells us what it's all about. Find out more here:

Behind the scenes at BMW LSO Open Air Classics 2014

On 11 May 2014 the London Symphony Orchestra performed a free concert for around 10,000 people in Trafalgar Square in the heart if central London. This video takes a look behind the scenes at the third annual BMW LSO Open Air Classics. Video by Wash Media

Simon Halsey: LSO Choral Director and LSC Chorus Director

The partnership between the London Symphony Chorus and LSO was developed and strengthened in 2012 with the joint appointment of Simon Halsey as Chorus Director of the LSC and Choral Director for the LSO. He explains why this was such a great opportunity. Find out more about choral singing at the LSO at Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions

Ravel - Vocalise-etude en forme de Habanera

LSO Principal Bass Clarinet Lorenzo Iosco and LSO Principal Keyboard John Alley in part of a recital recorded at LSO St Luke's on 21 March 2014.

'Making Music Together'

The LSO is proud of its international family of soloists and conductors. We asked them what it was about working with the Orchestra that makes it different from other orchestras. With contributions from Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Janine Jansen, Yuja Wang and Sir Antonio Pappano. Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions

Brahms - German Requiem

Valery Gergiev speaks about his latest recording on LSO Live, Brahms German Requiem. To download from iTunes

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!

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.

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