The LSO Story

The LSO has spent 110 years at the forefront of orchestral life in London.

London's Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra performs over 120 concerts a year and was named by Gramophone as one of the top five orchestras in the world.

The LSO has an enviable family of artists; our conductors include Valery Gergiev as Principal Conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Harding as Principal Guest Conductors, and André Previn as Conductor Laureate.

We also have long-standing relationships with some of the leading musicians in the world – Bernard Haitink, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mitsuko Uchida and Maria João Pires, amongst others.

The Orchestra is self-governing and made up of nearly a hundred talented players who also perform regularly as soloists and in chamber groups at LSO St Luke's. The LSO is widely acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.


The musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra


The LSO is proud to work with its roster of conductors, which is second to none.

The LSO is proud to work with its roster of conductors, which is second to none.

Valery Gergiev  

Valery Gergiev

Principal Conductor

After the triumph of the complete Prokofiev Symphonies cycle in the 2004 Centenary year, Valery Gergiev was appointed Principal Conductor and took up his post in January 2007. It was one of the most talked about conductor appointments in classical music – Gergiev is one of the world’s most electrifying musical personalities.

Read Valery Gergiev's biography on his Agents' website

Daniel Harding  

Daniel Harding

Principal Guest Conductor

’My little genius’ is how Claudio Abbado referred to Daniel Harding when he was Assistant Conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic over ten years ago. Now firmly established as Principal Conductor of two orchestras in Europe, Daniel joins Michael Tilson Thomas as the LSO’s Principal Guest Conductor, bringing his explosive energy, charisma, talent and adventurous programming.

Read Daniel Harding's biography on his Agents' website

Michael Tilson Thomas   

Michael Tilson Thomas

Principal Guest Conductor

A Bernstein protégé, MTT came to the Orchestra as Principal Conductor in 1987, bringing with him his brilliantly devised thematic concert series and his Discovery concert lectures. He subsequently became Principal Guest Conductor and conducts the Orchestra every season.

Read Michael Tilson Thomas' biography on his website

André Previn   

André Previn KBE

Conductor Laureate

Principal Conductor of the LSO from 1968–1979, André Previn presided over the Orchestra during what have become known as the 'glamorous years'. Charismatic, youthful and showbizzy, he brought the LSO to the masses through André Previn's Music Night. Now he brings his years of experience to his position of Conductor Laureate, appearing with the LSO each season.

Read André Previn's biography on his website

Elim Chan  

Elim Chan

Assistant Conductor

The position of Assistant Conductor is awarded to the winner of the biennial Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. Elim Chan was the winner of the 2014 competition.

Read about Elim Chan's win at the Competition in December 2014

Simon Halsey  

Simon Halsey CBE

Choral Director

Simon Halsey took up the post as the LSO's Choral Director in September 2012, simultaneously becoming the Chorus Director at the London Symphony Chorus and strengthening the partnership between the two. Simon is a sought-after conductor of choral repertoire at the very highest level and an ambassador for choral singing across the world.

Read Simon Halsey's biography on his Agents' website


> Obituary: Sir Colin Davis
> Obituary: Claudio Abbado


The London Symphony Orchestra administration team, based at the Barbican Centre.


London Symphony Orchestra Ltd, a registered charity, is a self-governing orchestra.

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd, a registered charity, is a self-governing orchestra.

The Orchestra is managed by a Board of Directors comprising players, the Managing Director, and external trustees. The day-to-day business of the Orchestra is run by the Orchestra Committee of the Board, and the Orchestra's finances are managed by the Finance Committee of the Board.

The Advisory Council of the London Symphony Orchestra is a group of distinguished people who very generously place their experience and expertise at the disposal of the Orchestra. They are consulted by members of the LSO Administration when advice in a particular area is needed and the contribution they make to the LSO is extremely valuable and greatly appreciated.

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd
Registered office:
Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
Registered in England no. 83608
Charity reg. no. 232391
VAT reg. no. 100 1220 15


LSO Productions Ltd
Registered office:
Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
Registered in England no. 4412332
VAT reg. no. 100 1220 15

LSO Live Ltd
Registered office:
Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
Registered in England no. 06830751
VAT reg. no. 970 1016 53


LSO Endowment Trust
Charity reg. no. 233700

Hire the Orchestra

The LSO is available to hire for commercial recordings, film soundtracks, jingles and computer games.

In addition to its busy concert and touring schedule, the LSO is available to hire for commercial recordings, film soundtracks, jingles and video games. It currently records around 25 projects per year for a wide variety of clients - film companies, classical composers, pop producers, computer game developers, jingle writers and library music.

'For me there is one orchestra – the LSO'
Alexandre Desplat


Vacancies in the Orchestra and Administration team.

Vacancies in the Orchestra and Administration

Administration Vacancies

No current vacancies.


Orchestra Vacancies

No current vacancies.

Working with the LSO

The LSO has paid positions for staff working in a number of areas including concerts planning, backstage, education, event management, marketing, fundraising and finance, as well as in the Orchestra itself.

All vacancies are advertised here and all current vacancies are shown above, together with details of how to apply. If no vacancies are shown, we are not currently recruiting but do check back regularly as new positions may become available at any time.

Work Experience with the LSO

The LSO does not currently offer any work experience placements or internships. The LSO does occasionally offer placements to students who are required to complete such experience as part of a degree or other academic course. These placements are usually for periods of between 6 and 12 months and are advertised above when available. We regret that we are unable to offer any other placements at present.

Enquiries about Job Vacancies and Work Experience

Because of the volume of emails and letters that we receive about working with the LSO, we are unable to respond personally to enquiries about vacancies. We also regret that we are unable to review all CVs that we are sent, and instead we encourage those who are interested in working with the LSO to apply for specific positions.

If you have a query which is not covered above, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will endeavour to respond within 10 days.

Please note that, unless otherwise stated, we do not accept CVs. All applications for vacancies at the LSO must be made on the online application form, accessed via the link provided with the job advert.

The LSO is an equal opportunities organisation.


The LSO St Luke’s Administrative Assistant is part of the small team responsible for running the London Symphony Orchestra’s flourishing music education centre. Based at the Artist Entrance, s/he is the first point of contact for people telephoning, emailing or arriving at LSO St Luke’s, presenting LSO St Luke’s and the London Symphony Orchestra as a welcoming and professional organisation.
S/he plays a vital role in the smooth running of the building’s financial and administrative systems, underpinning the work of the whole team and also forms part of the building’s operational staffing as dictated by the schedule of activity. Evening and weekend work will be required, dictated by the schedule of events.