Always Playing

Back in March 2020 at the start of lockdown, we wanted to bring great music to everyone, everywhere while were unable to perform live. Even though concert halls were closed we brought the LSO to your living rooms, with a digital programme of archive streams of full concerts twice a week, live weekly lunchtime recitals, interviews, articles, playlists, and activities for young people and families.

Autumn 2020 has arrived, and wth lockdown easing off we are now able to perform a season of sorts; playing concerts with small socially distanced audiences at LSO St Luke's, and making the entire season available to watch online via our YouTube channel and the streaming platforms of our various broadcast partners. Please visit the Autumn 2020 Season page for full details of these broadcasts.

But we didn't want to stop providing other activities online for those who can't take part, or get rid of any of the content you have enjoyed over the last six months, so here are the highlights of our Always Playing Online Season.

Coffee Sessions

Short performances, with music chosen by LSO musicians, performed and recorded at home – and later including excerpts from July and August's Summer Shorts series. Coffee Sessions are the perfect length for you to grab a cup of coffee and take a short break.
> Watch all of our Coffee Sessions

LSO Discovery: Activities for Schools, Families and Young People 

Fun, creative music-based tasks for young people, to continue learning whether you’re at home or at school.
Explore our Resources


Read a series of blog posts about life in lockdown by LSO Violinist Maxine Kwok, interviews, composer timelines and articles by music writers.
> Read them all on our blog


Get some listening inspiration from our themed playlists, recommendations, and our Discographer Philip Stuart’s picks from the archive.
> Get some listening inspiration


Delve deeper into the music with interviews, performances and behind-the-scenes clips from lockdown and from our archives.
> Explore our videos

Movie & Book Recommendations

Each week, we recommended one great film from the hundreds that the LSO has recorded music for. Plus our Stage Manager Nathan brought together a selection of his favourite audiobooks.
> Explore our Movie Night Recommendations
> Truck Drivers’ Book Club

Support Us

We’re delighted to be able to share Always Playing for free. There are a number of ways that you can support the LSO through these difficult times, and help us to keep the music Always Playing. You can buy our music on LSO Live, become an LSO Friend, buy a ticket for a future concert, make a donation, and more.
> Find out more

Where can you find us?

Broadcast partners

Visit our platform partners for details of on-demand tickets and subscription packages: 

Watching YouTube on your TV?

Follow our instructions to access concerts via the YouTube app.
> Follow the instructions to watch on your TV

Programme notes

Our programme notes are available to read digitally for free, and will be available for the whole season.
> Find programme notes

LSO Insight

Insight is the LSO's newsletter for donors, published every term.
Click here to view the latest issue.

Living Music

Living Music is the LSO's magazine, published twice a year.
Click here to view the latest issue.




Support as You Listen

Take the sound of the Orchestra with you and listen wherever you are. Enjoy the complete LSO discography and specially curated playlists, only on Apple Music.

What’s more, when you start a free 3 month trial Apple Music will support us further with a contribution up to £14.99*. Choose from a Student or Individual subscription, or join with a Family plan and share with up to 5 people.


*New subscribers only. Plan automatically renews monthly at £4.99 (Student), £9.99 (Individual) or £14.99 (Family Plan) after trial.