The London Symphony Orchestra is noted as one of the world’s most prominent orchestras. Formed in 1904, when 50 members of the Queen’s Hall Orchestra rebelled against Sir Henry Wood’s mandate that ‘no deputies’ could be sent to rehearsals and concerts, it now attracts renowned artists from all over the world, many of whom have impressive solo, chamber music and teaching careers alongside their orchestral role. With the announcement of Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director the London Symphony Orchestra’s family of conductors is now one of the finest with Principal Guest Conductors Daniel Harding and Gianandrea Noseda joining Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas and Conductor Emeritus André Previn. Other regular notable guests include Bernard Haitink and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Proud resident at the Barbican Centre, the Orchestra performs over 70 concerts per year to London audiences and over 70 concerts internationally. Furthermore, the LSO has a prosperous residency at Lincoln Centre in New York and is the international resident orchestra of La Salle Pleyel in Paris. The Orchestra regularly performs in Japan and the Far East, as well as in various major European cities. LSO was also the resident orchestra at the Aix-en-Provence Festival from 2010 till 2013.