Centre for Music

Study outlines case for landmark Centre for Music that brings music-making to all.

The Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama have published Towards A World-Class Centre for Music, a feasibility study for a new Centre for Music in London commissioned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Mayor of London.

This report sets out an economic, business, cultural and educational case for a new Centre for Music in London, and highlights a significant moment of opportunity in delivering an outstanding new facility in the capital.

At the heart of the vision outlined in the study is a world-class concert hall that will be home to the LSO, an ambitious educational offer and a commercial plan that will maximise the revenue raising and fundraising potential of the new Centre.

Download the Study and read the full press release in the News section.



The LSO Story

The LSO has spent 110 years at the forefront of orchestral life in London.

London's Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra performs over 120 concerts a year and was named by Gramophone as one of the top five orchestras in the world.

The LSO has an enviable family of artists; our conductors include Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director Designate, Gianandrea Noseda and Daniel Harding as Principal Guest Conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate, and André Previn as Conductor Emeritus.

We also have long-standing relationships with some of the leading musicians in the world – Bernard Haitink, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mitsuko Uchida and Maria João Pires, amongst others.

The Orchestra is self-governing and made up of nearly a hundred talented players who also perform regularly as soloists and in chamber groups at LSO St Luke's. The LSO is widely acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.


The musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra


The LSO is proud to work with its roster of conductors, which is second to none.

The LSO is proud to work with its roster of conductors, which is second to none.

Sir Simon Rattle  

Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE

Music Director Designate

The London Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Simon Rattle as its Music Director. He will take up his appointment in September 2017. 

Simon Rattle first appeared with the LSO in October 1977, at the age of 22. More recently he conducted the Orchestra at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and in acclaimed concerts at the Barbican Centre in 2015.

He is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he was appointed in 2002. He was awarded a Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to music in 1994 and received the Order of Merit in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.

Read Simon Rattle's biography on his Agents' website

Daniel Harding  

Daniel Harding

Principal Guest Conductor

’My little genius’ is how Claudio Abbado referred to Daniel Harding when he was Assistant Conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic over a decade years ago. Now firmly established as Principal Conductor of two orchestras in Europe, Daniel brings his explosive energy, charisma, talent and adventurous programming as the LSO’s Principal Guest Conductor, cementing a relationship of over 20 years.

Read Daniel Harding's biography on his Agents' website

Gianandrea Noseda  

Gianandrea Noseda

Principal Guest Conductor

Widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation, Gianandrea Noseda was recently appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from the 2016/17 season. In the 2017/18 season he will also become Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Read Gianandrea Noseda's biography on his website

Michael Tilson Thomas   

Michael Tilson Thomas

Conductor Laureate

A Bernstein protégé, MTT came to the Orchestra as Principal Conductor in 1987, bringing with him his brilliantly devised thematic concert series and his Discovery concert lectures. He subsequently became Principal Guest Conductor, and after more than 40 years with the LSO, steps up to Conductor Laureate from the 2016/17 season. He conducts the Orchestra every season.

Read Michael Tilson Thomas' biography on his website

André Previn   

André Previn KBE

Conductor Emeritus

Principal Conductor of the LSO from 1968–1979, André Previn presided over the Orchestra during what have become known as the 'glamorous years'. Charismatic, youthful and showbizzy, he brought the LSO to the masses through André Previn's Music Night. Now he brings his years of experience to his position of Conductor Emeritus, appearing with the LSO each season.

Read André Previn's biography on his website

Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann  

Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann

Assistant Conductor

The position of Assistant Conductor is awarded to the winner of the biennial Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann was the winner of the 2016 competition.

Read about Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann's win at the Competition in November 2016

Simon Halsey  

Simon Halsey CBE

Choral Director

Simon Halsey took up the post as the LSO's Choral Director in September 2012, simultaneously becoming the Chorus Director at the London Symphony Chorus and strengthening the partnership between the two. Simon is a sought-after conductor of choral repertoire at the very highest level and an ambassador for choral singing across the world.

Read Simon Halsey's biography on his Agents' website


> Obituary: Sir Colin Davis
> Obituary: Claudio Abbado


The London Symphony Orchestra administration team, based at the Barbican Centre.


London Symphony Orchestra Ltd, a registered charity, is a self-governing orchestra.

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd, a registered charity, is a self-governing orchestra.

The Orchestra is managed by a Board of Directors comprising players, the Managing Director, and external trustees. The day-to-day business of the Orchestra is run by the Orchestra Committee of the Board, and the Orchestra's finances are managed by the Finance Committee of the Board.

The Advisory Council of the London Symphony Orchestra is a group of distinguished people who very generously place their experience and expertise at the disposal of the Orchestra. They are consulted by members of the LSO Administration when advice in a particular area is needed and the contribution they make to the LSO is extremely valuable and greatly appreciated.

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd
Registered office:
Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
Registered in England no. 83608
Charity reg. no. 232391
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LSO Productions Ltd
Registered office:
Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
Registered in England no. 4412332
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LSO Live Ltd
Registered office:
Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
Registered in England no. 06830751
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LSO Endowment Trust
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Hire the Orchestra

The LSO is available to hire for commercial recordings, film soundtracks, jingles and computer games.

In addition to its busy concert and touring schedule, the LSO is available to hire for commercial recordings, film soundtracks, jingles and video games. It currently records around 25 projects per year for a wide variety of clients - film companies, classical composers, pop producers, computer game developers, jingle writers and library music.

'For me there is one orchestra – the LSO'
Alexandre Desplat