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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

Video feed

Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Mendelssohn cycle trailer

Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Mendelssohn Symphony No 5 'Reformation', Overture: Ruy Blas and Overture: Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage s is now available to order on Super Audio CD & the new format Pure Audio Blu-ray disc. Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner in the Barbican Hall. To pre-order your copy of Mendelssohn Symphony No 5 please visit http://bit.ly/1H1JdTl, or to pre-order your download from iTunes please visit http://geni.us/3WGe To order your copy of the celebrated Mendelssohn Symphony No 3, Overture: The Hebrides & Schumann Piano Concerto with Maria João Pires please visit http://bit.ly/10E2mJH, or to download from iTunes please visit http://geni.us/3LnX

Hangout with Roman Simovic

LSO Leader Roman Simovic live with Rachel Leach on all things violin: his career, his Strad and his life in the LSO. Recorded live at the YouTube Creator Space on Friday 10 April 2015.

Introducing the LSO International Violin Festival

Taking place between April and June 2015, the LSO International Violin Festival brings together a line-up of superstar soloists for a series of orchestral concerts, chamber music recitals, workshops, talks, masterclasses and more. Get an introduction to the stars of the Festival in this film, and find out more about what's on offer at http://www.lso.co.uk/violinfestival All footage used with permission. Leonidas Kavakos featured courtesy of Decca Classics (performance from the Verbier Festival, 1 August 2013, with Yuja Wang). Gil Shaham performance featured courtesy of Lincoln Centre/Canary Classics. Midori featured performing the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Munich Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta in 2013, © Unitel. Alina Ibragimova featured performing with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hannu Lintu.

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Sir Simon Rattle on his appointment as LSO Music Director

Sir Simon Rattle was announced as the LSO's Music Director on Tuesday 3 March 2015, taking up his post in September 2017. He gave us a short interview immediately after the press announcement in the morning. Read the full announcement at http://lso.co.uk/simonrattle Produced, edited and directed by Proudfoot TV

MTT 70th Birthday - roundtable with LSO players

Ahead of the Orchestra's London concerts and tour to the United States in celebration of Principal Guest Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas's 70th birthday, we got together a group of LSO players to talk about their memories of working with this most influential of conductors. Find out more about the concerts in March 2015: http://lso.co.uk/what-s-on Photographs of New World Center by Rui Dias-Aidos

One day at LSO St Luke's

Friday 13 February 2015 was a busy day at LSO St Luke's – a lunchtime concert, an afternoon photoshoot with the Orchestra and an evening rehearsal; all requiring different staging, performers, instruments, lights and audiences. So we put up a camera to capture in timelapse how the day panned out. Enjoy! What's on at LSO St Luke's: http://lso.co.uk/whats-on-at-lso-st-lukes

LSO Singing Days

Choral Director Simon Halsey discusses the joys of singing and the benefits of taking part in LSO Singing Days – health, social and artistic. Find out more about LSO Singing Days and forthcoming dates: http://lso.co.uk/singing-days

The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2014

A documentary featuring the Jury and competitors of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, recorded during the three days of competition 6–8 December 2014.

Ones to Watch Artist Interviews: Xian Zhang

We caught up with conductor Xian Zhang ahead of her ‘Ones to Watch’ concert with the LSO at the Barbican on Sunday 18 January 2015. The programme will include Verdi’s overture to ‘La forza del destino’, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 2 with soloist Valentina Lisitsa and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol. http://lso.co.uk/144/Valentina-Lisitsa-plays-Prokofiev/942

Ones to Watch Artist Interviews: Nikolaj Znaider

We caught up with conductor Nkolaj Znaider in anticipation of his ‘Ones to Watch’ concert with the LSO on 18 December 2014. The programme will include Mahler’s Symphony No 1 (‘Titan’) and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no 4 with soloist Rudolf Buchbinder. More tickets and info at lso.co.uk

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

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 http://www.change-ringing.co.uk

Helen Papaioannou - Fractured 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: http://blog.lso.co.uk/tag/ww1/ LSO musicians' community on the Lives of the First World War digital memorial: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/561 LSO events marking the World War I centenary: http://lso.co.uk/remembering-world-war-i

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: http://lso.co.uk/firstworldwar Fri 31 Oct 1pm, LSO St Luke's A free lunchtime concert featuring the songs of World War I http://lso.co.uk/friday-lunchtime-concert-11 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 http://lso.co.uk/lso-in-wartime-opera-in-a-day Sun 2 Nov 10am, LSO St Luke's A Musical Brain study day, focusing on the role of music in the theatre of war http://lso.co.uk/study-day-music-poetry-and-the-trauma-of-war Sun 2 Nov 7.30pm, Barbican LSO concert featuring the world premiere of Sally Beamish's Equal Voices http://lso.co.uk/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 http://bit.ly/10E2mJH, or to download from iTunes http://bit.ly/1pFEHNE

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: http://lso.co.uk/144/LSO-on-Film-The-Magic-and-Majesty-of-Alexandre-Desplat/937

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 http://bit.ly/1plvMQY, or to download from iTunes, including video footage of Symphonie fantastique, click here http://bit.ly/1wsR4lJ

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