Association of British Orchestras

London Symphony Orchestra

Contact details

Barbican Centre Silk Street
The London Symphony Orchestra performs over 120 concerts a year and was named by Gramophone as one of the top five orchestras in the world. The LSO has an enviable family of artists: our conductors include Valery Gergiev as Principal Conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Harding as Principal Guest Conductors, and André Previn as Conductor Laureate. We also have long-standing relationships with some of the leading musicians in the world – Leonidas Kavakos, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mitsuko Uchida and Maria João Pires amongst others, not to mention our own talented players. The LSO is widely acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. The LSO is proud to be Resident Orchestra at the Barbican, where we perform around 70 concerts a year. The residency has enabled us to establish a truly loyal audience and to fulfil many artistic aspirations. Joint projects between the Orchestra and the Barbican, which included the London 2012 Festival concerts with Wynton Marsalis and Gilberto Gil, place us at the heart of the Centre’s programme. The LSO also enjoys successful residencies at the Lincoln Center in New York and at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Other regular tour destinations include the Far East, North America and all the major European cities. The LSO is set apart from other international orchestras by the depth of its commitment to music education, reaching over 60,000 people each year. LSO Discovery enables us to offer people of all ages opportunities to get involved in music-making and to enter the extraordinary sound world of the Orchestra. One such project is LSO On Track, a long-standing project involving young musicians from across East London, which has given a platform to talented teenagers to appear in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, at outdoor concerts in Trafalgar Square, and also on Abbey Road recordings side-by-side with LSO musicians. LSO St Luke’s, the UBS and LSO Music Education Centre, is the home of LSO Discovery and celebrated its tenth anniversary in March 2013; it also hosts chamber and solo recitals, dance, folk music and more. LSO Live is the most successful label of its kind in the world. There are now over 80 LSO Live releases available globally on CD, SACD and online. Releases in 2013 included Brahms Symphony Nos 1 & 2 and a complete Szymanowski symphony cycle recorded with Valery Gergiev, as well as the world premiere recording of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Speranza, recorded with Daniel Harding. The LSO is a world-leader in recording music for film, television and events, and was the official Orchestra of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games ceremonies, memorably performing Chariots of Fire on stage in the Opening Ceremony, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and with Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean. The LSO also has recorded music for films including Philomena, Pixar’s Brave, four of the Harry Potter movies including The Deathly Hallows Parts I and II, The Queen, The Ides of March, all six Star Wars movies, Superman, Thor, Nanny McPhee and hundreds more.

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Glasgow from 9 – 11 February 2022.