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LSO Live, the Orchestra’s own record label is launched, preserving outstanding performances at the Barbican

LSO wins a Royal Philharmonic Society Award – the first orchestra to receive this award for a second time

The LSO forms a partnership with Andante, who select the Orchestra as one of its four international orchestras, the others being the Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and the Philadelphia

LSO Live wins two Grammy awards and a Classical Brit award for the recording of Les Troyens with Sir Colin Davis

Rostropovich 75th birthday series, with Mstislav Rostropovich – many of the world’s greatest artists come to the Barbican concert to celebrate with him

George Benjamin By George! Festival, continuing through 2003, wins a Royal Philharmonic Society Award

LSO St Luke’s, the UBS and LSO Music Education Centre, is opened

Sir Colin Davis conducts the Berlioz Bicentenary Festival

LSO Live sales top 250,000

LSO Centenary year. The Centenary Gala Concert on 9 June is attended by the LSO’s Patron, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

Clive Gillinson, Managing Director of the LSO for 21 years, leaves the Orchestra to become Chief Executive of Carnegie Hall. Kathryn McDowell becomes Managing Director in August.

The complete LSO Live catalogue is made available to download from the web in an exclusive deal with iTunes, the first such deal

LSO Official Ringtones are launched, produced by LSO players

The three year expanded partnership with UBS is announced, which is built on shared values and a commitment to bring unforgettable music to audiences, while providing outstanding opportunities for composers, musicians, teachers and students.

Daniel Harding joins Michael Tilson Thomas as Principal Guest Conductor

A new residency at Salle Pleyel in Paris is announced, beginning with Bernard Haitink conducting Beethoven

LSO Live wins a Grammy Award in the Best Opera category for Verdi’s Falstaff, conducted by Sir Colin Davis

Valery Gergiev is announced as the next Principal Conductor, whilst Sir Colin Davis is to become President, the first since Leonard Bernstein’s death in 1990.

Gergiev's first concert series as Principal Conductor is a complete cycle of Mahler Symphonies, which sells out the Barbican for each concert

The first recording of Gergiev's Mahler Symphonies cycle is released on LSO Live

The Orchestra celebrates Sir Colin Davis's 80th birthday with a performance of James MacMillan's St John Passion, commissioned by the LSO with generous support from The Wilford Foundation, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Edward Van Beinum Foundation), the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Rundfunkchor Berlin (member of roc Berlin).

LSO Discovery launches LSO On Track, an extensive programme of work for East London schools and music services. It brings together the excitement of live performance with the adrenalin rush of making music with others. It was been devised in partnership with the Music Services of ten East London Boroughs, the Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The LSO and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited celebrate their 20 year partnership with launch of 8th Takeda Global Concert Series, which enables the LSO to continue taking world-class performances to America, Japan and Europe

Througout the 2008/09 season, Valery Gergiev conducts a major series of the works of Prokofiev. 16 works by Prokofiev were performed in 41 concerts throughout 14 countries worldwide.

LSO Live helps to set up and run the new Mariinsky CD label

Sir Colin Davis and the LSO celebrate 50 years of working together

LSO On Track is the chosen charity of the Lord Mayor's Appeal for 2010, alongside the Cricket Foundation's StreetChance programme, which runs from November 2009 to November 2010

Sir Colin Davis is awarded the Queen's Medal for Music for 2009 at a special concert and ceremony at Mansion House


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 opening of a brand new concert hall in Guildford, G Live, is celebrated with an LSO concert. The concert is beset by problems when a power cut left the Orchestra performing in the dark!

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 Orchestra performs at an 80th birthday concert for Mikhael Gorbachev at the Royal Albert Hall

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 on 27 July in front of an audience of 4 billion

The first BMW LSO Open Air Classics concert takes place in Trafalgar Square on 12 May. Conducted by Valery Gergiev, the Orchestra performed to an audience of approx. 10,000 people at this fee concert

Alexandre Bloch becomes Assistant Conductor after winning the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition in September

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

LSO Soundhub, a ground-breaking initiative to provide emerging composers with space and resources with which to work, is launched in January

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

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

Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev celebrates his 60th birthday in May with a gala concert at the Barbican

The second BMW LSO Open Air Classics takes place at the end of May to another capacity crowd

July sees the final visit to the Aix-en-Provence Festival after four years in residence

LSO Play launches on 1 October

The LSO takes part in four performances of The Artist live to projection at the Royal Albert Hall on 30 and 31 December, the first time the RAH had ever opened its doors on New Years Eve

Former Principal Conductor Claudio Abbado passes away on 20 January

Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwelll Davies 10th Symphony on 2 February, commissioned by the LSO

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 at the end of April

First iPad app, LSO Live for iPad, is launched at the beginning of May

Ian Robertson of BMW announces a further three year's of BMW's support for BMW LSO Open Air Classics at the third of the annual series in May

LSO Play wins a second award, a Silver in the Best User Experience category of the Lovie Awards, in October

Autumn sees the release of two new video games with soundtracks recorded by the LSO: Disney Fantasia – Music Evolved and Candy Crush Soda

The centenary of World War I is marked in November by a weekend of events, including the world premiere of a new work by Sally Beamish, Equal Voices

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