Celebrating 20 years of LSO Live with Apple Music

The London Symphony Orchestra celebrates 20 years of LSO Live with a new initiative that brings its 2019/20 season to Apple Music

● Leading artists echo their themes for the season via curated radio programming and playlists on Apple Music
● Curation begins on 13 September with Music Director Sir Simon Rattle, as the Orchestra also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first release on its record label, LSO Live
● Collaboration deepens the London Symphony Orchestra’s longstanding relationship with Apple Music

20 years after the LSO became the first orchestra to start its own record label, the London Symphony Orchestra launches a new initiative that will bring the themes of its 2019/20 season to Apple Music via a series of artist-curated radio programming and playlists, beginning from 13 September and continuing monthly throughout the season.

Commenting on the new initiative, Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the LSO said:

‘The London Symphony Orchestra is committed to bringing the best music to the greatest number of people, and we are delighted to collaborate with Apple Music to spread the ideas and themes of the outstanding artists who will perform with the Orchestra this season to the 60 million people all over the world who subscribe to the service.
The Orchestra has been a forward-looking organisation from the outset, and has always strived to embrace new technology in order to share the life-enhancing power of classical music. It was one of the first orchestras to begin making recordings, the first to launch an educational programme and the first to realise its own record label, LSO Live. LSO Live was set up to completely reflect the artistic policy and planning of the Orchestra and to share its music-making wider than the concert hall, so this collaboration is a fitting way to celebrate 20 years of the label. We hope that audiences who listen to the music these artists have curated will enjoy what they hear and perhaps even discover new pieces they will treasure forever.’

Beginning on 13 September with Sir Simon Rattle’s choices reflecting his commitment to open each season as LSO Music Director with a celebration of British music past and present, the curation will continue throughout the season with new artists presenting their choices each month. Selections from LSO Principal Guest Conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth, and LSO Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas will bring 2019 to a close, while 2020 will see artists including Nathalie Stutzmann, Elim Chan and Antoine Tamestit reflect their themes via Apple Music.

Each year, the LSO’s London season brings world-leading conductors, soloists and ensembles to the Orchestra’s home at the Barbican Centre and its venue on Old Street, LSO St Luke's. From the familiar faces that make up the LSO’s family of conductors to artists, established or on the rise, making their debut performances with the Orchestra. The Orchestra’s new collaboration with Apple Music aims to amplify the themes these great musicians have chosen to present during the 2019/20 season, echoing them to audiences around the world via radio programming and playlists on Apple’s streaming service. Each artist involved will curate a selection of recordings for Apple Music’s Classical Radio channel, which will appear throughout the month alongside the channel’s regularly programmed content. Selected tracks from the artist-curated radio programmes will also appear as individual playlists, giving users another avenue of discovery.

All radio programming, playlists and more can be found on the London Symphony Orchestra’s home on Apple Music at www.applemusic.com/lso.

Throughout its anniversary year, LSO Live will release music by Beethoven, Bernstein, Debussy, Golijov, Janáček, Ravel, Reich, Schumann, Stravinsky and more, performed by artists including Sir Simon Rattle, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the LSO Percussion Ensemble.


For further information, please contact:

Thomas Rozwadowski, LSO Live Marketing & Partnerships Manager

London Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
D +44 20 7382 2543

Notes to Editors

About the London Symphony Orchestra’s 2019/20 Season

Sir Simon Rattle opens the 2019/20 season on 14 September 2019 with a programme that continues the LSO’s commitment to British music and includes the world premiere of Antisphere by Emily Howard. Other key themes for the Orchestra’s Music Director include the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, which sees Rattle lead the Orchestra in the Ninth Symphony and the rarely performed oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives, and explorations of significant works from the latter half of the twentieth century to today. In Sir Simon Rattle’s words, ‘I’m always trying to get in works that are off the beaten track in every programme'. In the final weeks of the season, Rattle leads an evening of music and visuals exploring the life of Percy Aldridge Grainger with Gerard McBurney as creative director. In May, Wynton Marsalis performs with Rattle, the LSO and the legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra playing his 'Jungle' Symphony. Six days later Sir Simon’s final concert of the season is a rousing American roots evening with Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and An American in Paris, Roy Harris’ Third Symphony, Decoration Day by Charles Ives and Bernstein’s Dance Episodes from On the Town.

The LSO’s Principal Guest Conductors continue to explore roots and origins, with Gianandrea Noseda continuing his cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies and conducting works by Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, while François-Xavier Roth surveys the extraordinary music of Béla Bartók, contrasting it with pieces by the composer’s contemporaries, including Elgar, Stravinsky and Dukas. Over five days in November 2019, the LSO also celebrates the 50th anniversary of LSO Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas’ first appearance with the Orchestra.

Four guest conductors Karina Canellakis, Elim Chan, Susanna Mälkki and Nathalie Stutzmann take to the Barbican Hall podium this season. Canellakis makes her debut with LSO conducting Ravel’s La valse and his Piano Concerto in G Major, and two works by Strauss – Suite from Die Frau ohne Schatten and Death and Transfiguration. Nathalie Stutzmann, also in her debut with the LSO, takes on Wagner’s Overture and Venusburg Music from Tannhäuser, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and Brahms’ Symphony No 1.

Antoine Tamestit, one of the world’s great viola players, is the subject of this season’s LSO Artist Portrait. Over the course of three performances throughout April, May and June, he takes us deep into the repertoire for his instrument, surveying composers as widespread as Berio and Walton. Tamestit has also curated four chamber music performances at LSO St Luke’s, as part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert series, inviting along some of his closest friends and collaborators.

About the London Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra [LSO] was established in 1904 and has a unique ethos. As a musical collective, it is built on artistic ownership and partnership. With an inimitable signature sound, the LSO’s mission is to bring the greatest music to the greatest number of people. The LSO has been the only Resident Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in the City of London since it opened in 1982, giving 70 symphonic concerts there every year. The Orchestra works with a family of artists that includes some of the world’s greatest conductors – Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director, Principal Guest Conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth, and Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate. Through LSO Discovery, it is a pioneer of music education, offering musical experiences to 60,000 people every year at its music education centre LSO St Luke’s on Old Street, across East London and further afield. The LSO strives to embrace new digital technologies in order to broaden its reach, and with the formation of its own record label LSO Live in 1999 it pioneered a revolution in recording live orchestral music. With a discography spanning many genres and including some of the most iconic recordings ever made the LSO is now the most recorded and listened to orchestra in the world, regularly reaching millions worldwide each month on streaming services and beyond. The Orchestra continues to innovate through partnerships with market-leading tech companies, as well as initiatives such as LSO Play. The LSO is a highly successful creative enterprise, with 80% of all funding self-generated.