Barbican Resident Orchestra
The Barbican is home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the UK's leading orchestra.

Sensational performances have made the LSO one of the best-loved and most inspiring orchestras in the world. A typical week might see them on stage in the Barbican Hall with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev; recording the soundtrack to the latest Hollywood blockbuster (the LSO have an 80-year partnership with Abbey Road Studios where they recorded Star Wars and Harry Potter); or making ground-breaking contributions to digital music-making (they pioneered the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, the world’s first online youth orchestra, and set up their own label, LSO Live, to capture the excitement and power of the live concert experience). The last two years have been special for the LSO: they appeared at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics as well as at every major European summer festival (including the BBC Proms) over the summer, and gave annual outdoor concerts with Valery Gergiev in Trafalgar Square to over 10,000 people. They have been the Barbican’s Resident Orchestra for 32 years, ever since the Barbican first opened its doors, and in March 2013 they celebrated ten years since LSO St Luke’s was transformed from a former church to the dynamic music education and performance centre it is today – the home of LSO Discovery – with community at its heart.