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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

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 http://www.redtedproductions.com

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: http://lso.co.uk/144/Rites-of-Passage/1043

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 http://washmedia.co.uk/

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 http://lso.co.uk/lso-sing Edited, produced and directed by Tommy Pearson, Red Ted Productions http://www.redtedproductions.com

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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 http://www.redtedproductions.com

Brahms - German Requiem

Valery Gergiev speaks about his latest recording on LSO Live, Brahms German Requiem. http://lso.co.uk/brahms-german-requiem To download from iTunes http://bit.ly/1oqgQDg

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

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

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