London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra was established in 1904 and has a unique ethos and an inimitable signature sound. It has been the Resident Orchestra at the Barbican since the Centre opened in 1982.
As a musical collective, it is built on artistic ownership and a mission to bring the greatest music to the greatest number of people. This season includes 70 concerts at the Barbican under the batons of some of the finest conductors in the world, including Music Director Sir Simon Rattle, Principal Guest Conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth, and Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas.
London Symphony Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda: Russian Roots
A mythical, magical tale, a fate-filled journey from darkness to light, and pure Romantic lyricism – Gianandrea Noseda conducts Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Bruch.
London Symphony Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda: Shostakovich
‘Certain moments in history gave composers the possibility of saying something deeply personal’, says LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda. ‘And Shostakovich speaks equally to us today’.
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Antonio Pappano: British Roots
Sir Antonio Pappano explores an all-British programme, highlighting composers’ responses to the world around them in early 20th-century Britain. Note: change of artist
A Choral Christmas/LSO Brass
Sing your festive favourites with the LSO Brass Ensemble and a 300-strong choir of singers, and get your festive season off to a flying start.
LSO Chamber Orchestra/Emmanuelle Haïm
Rich storytelling, high drama and bold ideas. Be drawn into magnificent operatic worlds with music from the towering giants of the Baroque, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm.
London Symphony Orchestra/François-Xavier Roth: Bartók
Two works written in the same year yet poles apart in style – in François-Xavier Roth’s words, ‘the post-Romanticism of Elgar combined with Bartók’s scary, strange, erotic, disturbing work’.
London Symphony Orchestra/Nathalie Stutzman: Mendelssohn
Nathalie Stutzmann brings together three landmark German composers from the Romantic era: Wagner, Mendelssohn and Brahms.
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
Sir Simon Rattle launches the London Symphony Orchestra’s 2019–20 season with an all-British programme of music, including a world premiere.
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle: Rachmaninov
Sir Simon Rattle conducts Brahms and Rachmaninov, a programme lush and stormy in equal measure.
London Symphony Orchestra/Alain Altinoglu: Pictures
Alain Altinoglu conducts a programme of late-Romantic Russian music, rich in melody and full of storytelling.
LSO Chamber Orchestra/Jaime Martín
In this spectacular showcase of the searing technique and virtuosic talent of the LSO’s Principal musicians, hear four of the most beloved concertos by Mozart.
Profile: London Symphony Orchestra
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Barbican Sessions: Peter Moore
London Symphony Orchestra’s young trombonist, Peter Moore, performs 'Doolallynastics – a brief torture for solo trombone’ by Brian Lynn in our latest Barbican Session, filmed in one of our Frobisher Auditoriums.