The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded to be one of the world’s leading orchestras, but there is much more to its work than concerts in concert halls: its many activities include a ground-breaking education and community programme, a record company, a music education centre and pioneering work in the field of digital music. More than 100 years after it was formed, the LSO still attracts excellent players from all over the world. The LSO’s roster of soloists and conductors is second to none, starting with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev and LSO President Sir Colin Davis. The LSO is set apart fromother international orchestras by its commitment tomusic education through LSO Discovery, based at LSO St Luke’s – the UBS and LSO Music Education centre. Reaching over 60,000 people annually and now in its 20th year, it provides a unique
mix of events for music lovers of every age and background.
Resident at the Barbican in London, the LSO presents over 70 concerts there each year. As well as another 70 concerts on tour, next year it becomes the resident orchestra at the Aix en-Provence festival, holds an annual residency at Lincoln Center, New York, is the international resident orchestra of La Salle Pleyel in Paris, and regularly appears in Japan, the Far East, and many major European cities. LSO Live is currently themost successful recording label of its kind,making the orchestra available to global audiences on over 70 recordings. As well as producing CDs, it was one of the first classical labels to embrace the internet and downloads to encourage new audiences to listen to classical music.