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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Sad Jane
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Sad Jane
Pyotr Tchaikovsky, London Symphony Orchestra & Antal Doráti
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
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Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Nicolò Paganini
La campanella arr Kreisler
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La campanella arr Kreisler
Sergei Prokofiev
Dance of the Knights (Romeo and Juliet)
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Dance of the Knights (Romeo and Juliet)
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Romeo And Juliet
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Romeo And Juliet
Felix Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night'S Dream - Incidental Music, Op.21. No. 3 Lied
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A Midsummer Night'S Dream - Incidental Music, Op.21. No. 3 Lied
John Williams
"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" (1981) - "Washington Ending and Raiders March"
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"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" (1981) - "Washington Ending and Raiders March"
John Williams
"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" (1981) "The Idol Temple" (extract)
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"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" (1981) "The Idol Temple" (extract)
Fryderyk Chopin
Concerto No. 1 In E Minor Op.11 For Piano And Orchestra, iii. Rondo
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Concerto No. 1 In E Minor Op.11 For Piano And Orchestra, iii. Rondo
London Symphony Orchestra
Wagner: The Ride Of The Valkyries
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Wagner: The Ride Of The Valkyries
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By the Sleepy Lagoon
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By the Sleepy Lagoon
Arnold Bax, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli
Tintagel
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Tintagel
Alan Hovhaness
Symphony No 2, Op 132, 'Mysterious Mountain' (1st mvt)
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Symphony No 2, Op 132, 'Mysterious Mountain' (1st mvt)
Hector Berlioz
L' Enfance du Christ (Op.25), Pt.2; L' Adieu des bergers
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L' Enfance du Christ (Op.25), Pt.2; L' Adieu des bergers
Gustav Mahler
Symphony No 6 in E minor
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Symphony No 6 in E minor
Trad., Benjamin Britten, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus & Benjamin Britten
The National Anthem
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The National Anthem
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Upcoming Events

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Apr
2017
London Symphony Orchestra, Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit, Malcolm Mooney and Thurston Moore
Barbican Centre, London, UK
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Apr
2017
London Symphony Orchestra, Chilly Gonzales, The Academy Of Ancient Music, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Calder Quartet, London Symphony Chorus, Britten Sinfonia, Bbc Singers, Gabriel Prokofiev, Timo Andres, Remy Van Kesteren, James McVinnie, Joby Burgess, Iestyn Davies, Mari and Hakon Samuelsen, Angel Blue, Liam Byrne, David Kaplan, Guildhall Toy Symphony, Ensemble Nevermind, Sheku Kanneh-Mason Trio and Guildhall Musicians
Barbican Centre, London, UK
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Jul
2017
London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle and Lang Lang
Barbican Centre, London, UK
24
Sep
2017
London Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Centre, London, UK
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Oct
2017
London Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Centre, London, UK

Past BBC Events

Proms 2016: Prom 18
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Royal Albert Hall
2016-07-29T09:05:23
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29
Jul
2016
Proms 2016: Prom 18

Proms 2016: Prom 18

19:00
Royal Albert Hall
BBC SO 2015-16 Season: Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet
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Barbican, London
2016-01-22T09:05:23
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22
Jan
2016
BBC SO 2015-16 Season: Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet

BBC SO 2015-16 Season: Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet

19:30
Barbican, London
Proms 2015: Prom 14: Prokofiev – the piano concertos
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Royal Albert Hall
2015-07-28T09:05:23
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28
Jul
2015
Proms 2015: Prom 14: Prokofiev – the piano concertos

Proms 2015: Prom 14: Prokofiev – the piano concertos

19:00
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2014: Prom 40: Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra
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Royal Albert Hall
2014-08-16T09:05:23
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16
Aug
2014
Proms 2014: Prom 40: Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra

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

18:30
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2014: Prom 9: Brahms & Janáček
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Royal Albert Hall
2014-07-24T09:05:23
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24
Jul
2014
Proms 2014: Prom 9: Brahms & Janáček

Proms 2014: Prom 9: Brahms & Janáček

19:30
Royal Albert Hall

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