The LSO is the UK’s most dynamic orchestra reaching audiences the world over, through extensive international touring and by building its catalogue of live Barbican classical performances, as well as playing on film soundtracks and bringing inspiring musical opportunities to London’s young people: its aim is to ensure as many people as possible have the chance to hear or participate in the highest quality music.
Performing over 120 concerts a year, and chosen by Gramophone as one of the top five orchestras in the world, the LSO has an enviable family of artists, including Sir Colin Davis as President, Valery Gergiev as Principal Conductor, Daniel Harding and Michael Tilson Thomas as Principal Guest Conductors and André Previn as Conductor Laureate.
The LSO is set apart from other international orchestras by the depth of its commitment to music education, enabling 60,000 people of all ages to get involved in music-making every year in LSO Discovery. LSO Live is the most successful label of its kind, with over 75 releases on CD, SACD, and online. Appearing on over 300 soundtracks, the LSO is also a world-leader in recording and developing music for film,enjoying collaborations with such renowned film composers as Alexander Desplatt, John Williams and Patrick Doyle.