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London Symphony Orchestra

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, United Kingdom



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Celebrating 15 years on Old Street today! On 27 March 2003 we opened the doors of LSO St Luke's after a long and delicate transformation from a derelict church. 15 years later it's a thriving music education centre and venue, and we celebrated tonight with a concert by our brilliant LSO Discovery Choirs, full of young singers from our local area. Happy 15th birthday LSO St Luke's! May the corridors be ever echoing with the sound of music.

We spent the evening at YouTube Space London launching this year's BMW Classics in Trafalgar Square, which takes place on Sunday 1 July at 5pm. See you there, or join us online as we're live streaming it on YouTube: Huge thanks to BMW UK for their support of the concert, and to partners Mayor of London and YouTube. Great to see so many people in the room, from LSO On Track young musicians to YouTube Creators. Photos: Doug Peters

Very pleased to be announcing this free outdoor summer concert today: Sunday 1 July in Trafalgar Square, plus live streamed on YouTube.

Opening the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence last night with François-Xavier ROTH, conductor and Renaud Capucon - Violin. Thank you for having us Provence! Good to be back.

Looking back to the weekend before last, when over the span of a weekend we hosted an incredible array of talented poets, instrumentalists, composers, poets, rappers and singers at LSO St Luke's. Firstly on the Saturday, Jasmin Kent Rodgman brought together celebrated artists from the UK's music and spoken word scenes with LSO musicians in HUH, the first of our new Jerwood Composer+ scheme collaborations. And on the Sunday we heard eight new orchestral works rehearsed by the LSO and François-Xavier ROTH, conductor (with a little help from George Jackson!) written by our current Panufnik Composers. These photos were all taken by Kevin Leighton.

The LSO Discovery Choirs bring their singing talents to the wide world of rock and pop in this concert of smash hits. Featuring soloists from the LSO Discovery Senior Choir and a specially formed live band. LSO ST LUKE’S AT 15 Throughout March 2018, we’re celebrating 15 years of music for everyone at LSO St Luke’s with a month packed full of concerts, workshops and more, all programmed by the LSO's community and education programme, LSO Discovery. Find out more at

Last Sunday's Panufnik Composers Workshop started off with a problem, solved by an 8am phone call (sorry George!). He takes up the story in the link below.

100 years ago today, Debussy died in Paris, and tonight we mark this with a concert exploring the music of those he influenced. François-Xavier ROTH, conductor explains more in this article he wrote for us about the series he has conducted this year:

If you thought being an orchestral musician was easy, RHOD GILBERT proves otherwise when he meets the BBC National Orchestra of Wales... Absolutely hilarious, especially the endless composer-based puns!

We're live at 12.30pm GMT from LSO St Luke's with a lunchtime concert featuring LSO violinist Tom Norris and pianist Anna Tilbrook, presented by Rachel Leach. There will be a Q&A during the concert, so put anything you want to ask Tom and Anna in the comments box below and we'll get Rachel to ask them. #LSOlivestream

Susanna Mälkki is back with us next month, a year after making her debut with the LSO in dramatic fashion, stepping in at the last minute for an indisposed Valery Gergiev. We had a nice long chat with her all about playing the cello, her Finnishness, working with Daniel Müller-Schott and her advice for young conductors.

The first movement of Bartók's First Violin Concerto, recorded recently at LSO St Luke's with Renaud Capucon - Violin and François-Xavier ROTH, conductor and out this Friday, 23 March. The Second Concerto also features on the disc, which you can also hear live at the Barbican Centre with the same team this Sunday.