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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London Symphony Orchestra Performances & Interviews


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Upcoming BBC Events

Proms 2020 Live: Rattle conducts the LSO
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2020-08-30T11:55:33
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30
Aug
2020
Proms 2020 Live: Rattle conducts the LSO

Proms 2020 Live: Rattle conducts the LSO

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Past BBC Events

Proms 2019: Prom 44: Belshazzar’s Feast
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2019-08-20T11:55:33
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20
Aug
2019
Proms 2019: Prom 44: Belshazzar’s Feast

Proms 2019: Prom 44: Belshazzar’s Feast

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Proms 2018: Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Bernstein's On the Town
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2018-08-25T11:55:33
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25
Aug
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Bernstein's On the Town

Proms 2018: Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Bernstein's On the Town

19:30
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Proms 2018: Prom 48: Sir Simon Rattle conducts L’enfant et les sortilèges
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2018-08-18T11:55:33
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18
Aug
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 48: Sir Simon Rattle conducts L’enfant et les sortilèges

Proms 2018: Prom 48: Sir Simon Rattle conducts L’enfant et les sortilèges

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2017: Prom 46: Schoenberg – Gurrelieder
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2017-08-19T11:55:33
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19
Aug
2017
Proms 2017: Prom 46: Schoenberg – Gurrelieder

Proms 2017: Prom 46: Schoenberg – Gurrelieder

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2016: Prom 18
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2016-07-29T11:55:33
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29
Jul
2016
Proms 2016: Prom 18

Proms 2016: Prom 18

Royal Albert Hall

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