A message from LSO St Luke's Centre Director
When LSO St Luke’s opened its doors on 27 March 2003 it harboured an ambition to forge new ways to make music available to the greatest number and range of people.
The LSO’s vision was to create a permanent home for its pioneering LSO Discovery programme, a state-of-the-art hall in which to rehearse for Barbican concerts (the biggest orchestral season in London), and a sanctuary to prepare for the many tours, films and recordings the LSO and its family of artists makes all year round. Levitt Bernstein Architects created an outstanding concert hall in the main body of the Church, filled with light and now glorious sound from musicians of all ages. Downstairs is the engine room for new technology and a busy hive of rooms dedicated to learning.
Ten years on, the founders’ dreams have come true. Every day the team at LSO St Luke’s prepares for people of all ages and from all walks of life to experience a rich diet of music.
So from 21 March to 1 April 2013, LSO St Luke’s is having a tenth birthday festival, to celebrate a decade of success. The 12-day festival is based around the concept of ‘Rites of Passage’ and includes a series of flagship LSO Discovery education and community projects including a Gamelan Concert, a Brahms Discovery Day and a Family Open Day. BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts will be ‘live from LSO St Luke’s’ for the week, in a series reflecting over 200 Thursday lunchtime broadcasts since 2003; and we are inviting back the Wihan Quartet, Nash Ensemble, Dhafer Youssef and the Aurora Orchestra, all of whom have made LSO St Luke’s so special.
Locals now refer to where they live as the ‘St Luke’s’ area and music organisations from all over the world visit to find out more about the deep commitment the LSO has made to truly connecting with its community.