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.
LSO/Pappano: Christian Tetzlaff & Joyce DiDonato
Triple threat: when mezzo Joyce DiDonato, violinist Christian Tetzlaff and maestro Sir Antonio Pappano are in the same concert, what more is there to say?
Half Six Fix: Varèse & Berlioz LSO/Roth
Arcana came to its composer in a dream. Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique is more like a nightmare. Tonight’s Half Six Fix is about imaginations running off the leash.
Half Six Fix: Shostakovich LSO/Noseda
Beat the rush-hour crowds, and discover one of the landmarks of 20th-century music: Shostakovich’s devastating Thirteenth Symphony, ‘Babi Yar’.
LSO/Rattle: Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 & 2
Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle begin their journey through Beethoven’s piano concertos, and the LSO rediscovers a neglected 20th-century giant: Paul Hindemith.
LSO/Rattle: Zimerman plays Beethoven Piano Concerto 3
The phenomenal Krystian Zimerman performs Beethoven’s darkest piano concerto, and Sir Simon Rattle conducts music by Paul Hindemith at his most irreverent, and his most inspiring.
LSO/Rattle: Wozzeck with Christian Gerhaher
Sir Simon Rattle conducts an outstanding cast in a concert performance of Wozzeck: Berg’s shattering tragedy of one man’s struggle with a brutal world.
LSO/Mälkki & Christian Tetzlaff
Dancing on the edge of a volcano: Sibelius, Zemlinsky and Shostakovich stared the 20th century in the eye. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and conductor Susanna Mälkki show us what they saw.
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.