Thursday, January 08, 2004


The London Symphony Orchestra celebrates one hundred years in 2004. It was Britain's first independent, self-regulating orchestra. Now resident at London's Barbican Centre, the LSO is involved in around 100 live concerts a year, multiple recordings, music education and tours. Celebrations in 2004/5 include performances of key works by Shostakovich and Prokofiev (the Symphony cycle), together with a Bernstein appreciation on 11 July. Nothing too radical it seems, but a clear emphasis on the twentieth century.

Among the LSO's prestigious 'first performances' have been Benjamin Britten's 'Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra' (1946), Michael Tippett's 'Concerto For Orchestra' (1963) and 'Triple Concerto' (1980), John Adams' 'Violin Concerto' (1994) and James MacMillan's 'A Deep But Dazzling Darkness' (2003).

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