Touring has been a part of the Orchestra's life since the very beginning. In its early years, the LSO made annual provincial tours, travelling around the country by train for two weeks at a time. The first of these tours in 1905 was conducted by Sir Edward Elgar and featured many of his own compositions. The Orchestra's first tour abroad was to Paris in 1906 when the Orchestra travelled with the 300-strong Leeds Choral Union to give two performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Théâtre du Chatelet.
In 1912, the LSO embarked on a famous three-week tour to the United States, the first British orchestra to visit those distant shores. Legend has it that they narrowly avoided travelling on the ill-fated Titanic, sailing instead a few days earlier on her sister ship, the Baltic.
Today the LSO tours frequently all over the world, and especially to its residencies in New York, Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Daytona Beach in Florida. In 2010 countries visited have included China, India, Abu Dhabi, Russia, Japan, Slovenia, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic.
You can find full details of all LSO concerts on tour, including repertoire, conductors, soloists and booking links, in the What's On section.
LSO On Tour blog
Since 2007 LSO players have been writing blogs from tours, giving us an insight into the daily highs and lows of travelling, living and working away from home for days at a time. Catch up with them at the LSO On Tour blog.
LSO Discovery on Tour
Recently LSO Discovery has begun to spread its wings, taking some of its programmes on tour with the LSO, especially to the Orchestra's residencies in New York, Daytona Beach, Salle Pleyel and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Activities such as children's concerts, early years workshops, pre-concert talks and masterclasses with local music students regularly take place.
> Find out more about LSO Discovery work on tour