London Symphony Orchestra
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1904
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London Symphony Orchestra

Biography (Wikipedia)

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), founded in 1904, is the oldest of London's symphony orchestras. It was set up by a group of players who left Henry Wood's Queen's Hall Orchestra because of a new rule requiring players to give the orchestra their exclusive services. The LSO itself later introduced a similar rule for its members. From the outset the LSO was organised on co-operative lines, with all players sharing the profits at the end of each season. This practice continued for the orchestra's first four decades.

The LSO underwent periods of eclipse in the 1930s and 1950s when it was regarded as inferior in quality to new London orchestras, to which it lost players and bookings: the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic in the 1930s and the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic after the Second World War. The profit-sharing principle was abandoned in the post-war era as a condition of receiving public subsidy for the first time. In the 1950s the orchestra debated whether to concentrate on film work at the expense of symphony concerts; many senior players left when the majority of players rejected the idea. By the 1960s the LSO had recovered its leading position, which it has retained subsequently. In 1966, to perform alongside it in choral works, the orchestra established the LSO Chorus, originally a mix of professional and amateur singers, later a wholly amateur ensemble.

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Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet - Dance of the 5 couples
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Romeo and Juliet - Dance of the 5 couples
Hector Berlioz
Beatrice et Benedict: Finale (Act 2)
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Beatrice et Benedict: Finale (Act 2)
Hector Berlioz
Beatrice et Benedict: Ah! Je vais l'aimer (Act 1)
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Beatrice et Benedict: Ah! Je vais l'aimer (Act 1)
Hector Berlioz
Beatrice et Benedict - overture
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Beatrice et Benedict - overture
Alfredo Catalani
'Ebben! Ne andro lontana' (La Wally)
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'Ebben! Ne andro lontana' (La Wally)
George Butterworth
The Banks of green willow - idyll for orchestra
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The Banks of green willow - idyll for orchestra
Michael Tippett
Symphony No 2
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Symphony No 2
London Symphony Orchestra
Pomp And Circumstance March No 1
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Pomp And Circumstance March No 1
Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures from an Exhibition - La Grande porte de Kiev
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Pictures from an Exhibition - La Grande porte de Kiev
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Upcoming BBC Events

Prom 18 Proms 2016
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Royal Albert Hall
2016-07-29T15:50:46
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Upcoming Events

14
Jan
London Symphony Orchestra, Rattle
Barbican Centre, London, UK
12
Jul
London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle and Lang Lang
Barbican Centre, London, UK

Past BBC Events

Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet BBC SO 2015-16 Season
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Barbican, London
2016-01-22T15:50:46
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22
Jan
2016
Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet BBC SO 2015-16 Season

Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet BBC SO 2015-16 Season

19:30
Barbican, London
Prom 14: Prokofiev – the piano concertos Proms 2015
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Royal Albert Hall
2015-07-28T15:50:46
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28
Jul
2015
Prom 14: Prokofiev – the piano concertos Proms 2015

Prom 14: Prokofiev – the piano concertos Proms 2015

19:00
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 40: Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra Proms 2014
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Royal Albert Hall
2014-08-16T15:50:46
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16
Aug
2014
Prom 40: Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra Proms 2014

Prom 40: Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra Proms 2014

18:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 9: Brahms & Janáček Proms 2014
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Royal Albert Hall
2014-07-24T15:50:46
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24
Jul
2014
Prom 9: Brahms & Janáček Proms 2014

Prom 9: Brahms & Janáček Proms 2014

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 51: Tippett, Britten & Elgar Proms 2013
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Royal Albert Hall
2013-08-20T15:50:46
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20
Aug
2013
Prom 51: Tippett, Britten & Elgar Proms 2013

Prom 51: Tippett, Britten & Elgar Proms 2013

19:30
Royal Albert Hall

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