Barbican Centre, London, UK
After nearly 80 years of rehearsing and performing in venues all over London, sometimes as many as three different ones in one day, the LSO was invited in 1979 to become Resident Orchestra at the yet-to-be-built Barbican Centre.
'... nothing has been more crucial to [the Barbican's] success than the LSO's residency'
The Sunday Telegraph, March 2007
The Centre finally opened in 1982, and is now viewed as one of the best arts centres in the country, and the largest in Europe.
Having a home at the Barbican has given the Orchestra the stability of a permanent space in which to rehearse and perform, enabling it to establish a loyal audience-base, and to fulfil artistic aspirations.
Over the last ten years the Barbican has become an increasingly dynamic place for the LSO to be based, and the LSO is at the heart of its innovative world-class arts programming; in the Hall, and in the community.
> Barbican Centre website
Lincoln Center, New York, US
Despite the Mayor of New York declaring a ‘London Symphony Orchestra Day’ (which included an invitation to return to the city every spring) in 1964 following the stunning performance at the United Nations under Leopold Stokowski, it was not until 1997 that the Orchestra was able to have a permanent presence in the city.
The LSO is the only British orchestra to hold an annual residency at the Lincoln Center, where every year it presents one of its major artistic events.
The LSO is supported in its residency in New York by the American LSO Foundation.
> Lincoln Center website
Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
In 2006 the LSO was delighted to take up a new residency at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Alongside the other residents, the Orchestre de Paris and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the LSO is the only British ensemble in residence and gives around four performances there a year.
The Salle Pleyel, which is part of the Cite de la Musique, re-opened after an extensive two-year refurbishment on 13 September 2006.
Aix-en-Provence Festival, France
In 2009 the LSO was invited to become Resident Orchestra at the Aix-en-Provence Festival for the four years, taking over from the Berlin Philharmonic.
Each year the Orchestra will give no fewer than sixteen opera performances and two symphonic concerts.
In collaboration with LSO Discovery, the Festival has created the Youth Orchestra, coached by LSO musicians, and younger musicians will take part in Take A Bow, a concert for string players of all abilities.