The Orchestra visits Poland and Abu Dhabi for the first time; and in April returns to Mumbai in India for the first time since the World Tour of 1964.

LSO Discovery celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert at the Barbican Hall in June, featuring performances by many of its groups including Community and Youth choirs, Gamelan Group, Fusion Orchestra and LSO On Track.

The LSO's former Principal Trumpet, a member for 30 years, Maurice Murphy, passes away at the end of October.

LSO Live celebrates its 10th anniversary.


Sir Colin Davis receives the Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog from Denmark to celebrate his commitment to Danish culture through his LSO Live recordings of the Nielsen symphonies.

The Orchestra spends the month of July at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Orchestra in Residence.

LSO Pulse, a new app and loyalty scheme for students, is launched. The app later became Student Pulse, a pioneering programme encompassing the concerts of nine London orchestras and venues.


The LSO records the soundtracks to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and performs with Rowan Atkinson in a segment of the Olympic Opening Ceremony in front of an audience of 4 billion.

The first BMW LSO Open Air Classics concert takes place in Trafalgar Square. Conducted by Valery Gergiev, the Orchestra performed to an audience of approx. 7000 people at this free concert.

One hundred years after first visiting the US, the Orchestra returns to New York City for two celebratory concerts at the Lincoln Center.

Simon Halsey is appointed as Choral Director of the LSO and Chorus Director of the London Symphony Chorus.


Former Principal Conductor and President Sir Colin Davis passes away on 14 April.

LSO St Luke's celebrates 10 years since its opening with a twelve-day festival in March.

LSO Play launches on 1 October.


Former Principal Conductor Claudio Abbado passes away on 20 January.

LSO Live releases its 100th release, a Sir Colin Davis Anthology Box Set, to coincide with the anniversary of his death in April.

LSO Play wins a Webby Award in the Music category and a Silver in the Best User Experience category of the Lovie Awards.

Elim Chan becomes the first female winner of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition and the first female to hold a conducting title at the LSO.


Sir Simon Rattle is announced as Music Director in March, taking up the post in September 2017.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the Orchestra embark upon a tour of the US West Coast to celebrate his 70th birthday and 40 years working with the LSO.

Valery Gergiev conducts his last concert as Principal Conductor in October.


Niklas Benjamin Hoffman wins the 2016 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition

The Orchestra takes part in a series of concerts and events across London marking 400 years since Shakespeare's death and celebrating the enormous contribution of his work to arts and culture.

The London Symphony Chorus celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Peter Maxwell Davies passes away in March. His final work, The Hogboon, a new children's opera commissioned by the LSO, is premiered posthumously in June.


A new visual identity, by The Partners, is launched along with Sir Simon Rattle's first season as Music Director. It immediately garners critical acclaim, including several international design and branding awards.

The Orchestra visits Vietnam for the first time – the first British orchestra to do so – for an open air concert in March, performed to around 60,000 people.

François-Xavier Roth is announced as Principal Guest Conductor, taking up his post in September. He replaces Daniel Harding, who steps down in June after a decade in the post.

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