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, presenting over 70 concerts at the Barbican each year 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: St John Passion
Gianandrea Noseda leads a Palm Sunday performance of James MacMillan’s dramatic, large-scale telling of the St John Gospel, acclaimed as ‘a landmark for contemporary music’.
London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding: Widmann & Bruckner
Antoine Tamestit – a soloist with a mission to make listeners fall in love with the viola – opens his LSO Artist Portrait, which runs throughout the season and showcases his musical inspirations.
Half Six Fix: Concerto for Orchestra LSO/Rattle
Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra is introduced and conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in this early-evening Half Six Fix concert.
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle: Bartók
Bartók’s last, great masterpiece is heard alongside the gruesome fairy-tale of Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, conducted by Music Director Sir Simon Rattle.
LSO Discovery Day: Sounds from South America
Discover music by composers from South America at this Discovery Day, with a morning rehearsal conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and talks and chamber music in the afternoon.
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle: Mahler 4
Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mahler, Ligeti and Villa-Lobos – three pieces to sum up the 20th-century.
LSO Singing Day: Immortal Bach
Join the LSO Choral Director Simon Halsey to spend a day singing music by JS Bach’s and the composers he inspired.
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
Listen to our selection of LSO recordings from across the years in our Spotify playlist.
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.