LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Principal Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Principal Guest Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
Conductor Laureate: André Previn
Associate Conductor: Richard Hickox
Music Animateur: Richard McNicol

Regular guests include:
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello/conductor)
Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)
Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)
Maxim Vengerov (violin)
Sarah Chang (violin)
Kyung-Wha Chung (violin)
Midori (violin)
Yuri Bashmet (viola)

London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7588 1116
Fax: +44 (0)20 7374 0127

Web: www.lso.co.uk
Email: admin@lso.co.uk

Meet the London Symphony Orchestra:

The London Symphony Orchestra is the capital's longest-established orchestra and was the first in Britain to be self-governing. Founded in 1904, the Orchestra has attracted Principal Conductors of the highest international stature, including André Previn, Claudio Abbado, Michael Tilson Thomas and the current Principal Conductor, Sir Colin Davis.

A unique reputation for excellence and innovation is shown by the Orchestra's policy of commissioning new works and giving world premières. Since taking up its residency in the City of London at the Barbican Centre in 1982, the LSO has pioneered the multi-disciplinary festivals which have become a central feature of London's cultural life.

The LSO's high quality in performance and programming was recognised with the first ever Royal Philharmonic Society Award. In March 1996, the London Symphony Orchestra was honoured to receive the Evening Standard Ballet, Opera and Classical Music Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for the second year running, "with the judges noting that every visit to its Barbican Concert Hall home was a virtual guarantee of exceptional music-making".

The LSO made its first tour, to the United States, in 1912 (just missing travelling on The Titanic) and has maintained its international reputation with regular visits to Japan, America and throughout Europe.

Concert giving is just one part of the Orchestra's life: as well as recordings and film soundtracks like Star Wars, the LSO has a thriving education programme. This includes projects in primary, secondary and special needs schools, work in prisons, a residency involving 6,000 children in the North East of England, and annual Make Music Live days when 1,500 children descend on the Barbican for two days of workshops, special events and performances.


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