The London Symphony Orchestra is one of the world’s top orchestras. Our home is at the Barbican in the City of London, where we perform over 80 concerts every year, and at LSO St Luke’s, a converted 18th-century church just up the road which is the base for our LSO Discovery community and education programme.
Touring has always been a huge part of our life – the LSO was the first British orchestra to tour abroad in 1906, and in 1912 narrowly avoided being wiped out altogether on its first trip to America after a last minute change of ship from the SS Titanic to the SS Baltic.
Each year we tour to several different countries, and return to some each year where we have residencies: the Lincoln Center in New York, Salle Pleyel in Paris and the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. We regularly visit Paris, Cologne, Luxembourg, Vienna, Budapest, Toulouse, Wiesbaden, Tokyo, Beijing, Shaghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Dublin, Lisbon, Barcelona, Castellon, Madrid, Florida, Villach, Grafenegg, Lucerne, Bucharest, New York, Brussels and Amsterdam, and the list of cities is growing all the time.
This blog was originally all about our three-week trip to the Far East in April and May 2007, but has now expanded to include many more of our tours, including our residencies at the Daytona Beach International Festival and at the Lincoln Center, New York. Technical problems and time issues aside, we hope to be able to provide at least a brief account of each trip we make. If you are a Twitter user, you might also like to follow us there, since several more LSO players will be Tweeting short updates. Have a look at http://twitter.com/londonsymphony.
We hope you enjoy seeing what goes on during an orchestral tour!
You can find out more about the LSO on our website at lso.co.uk/orchestra