Free digital programme 'Always Playing' extended

The London Symphony Orchestra has announced today that it is extending its digital programme, ‘Always Playing’, with an additional thirteen archive concerts that will be streamed for free via the LSO YouTube channel.

There will be two archive broadcasts each week until Sunday 14 June, the scheduled final day of the Orchestra’s 2019/20 Season at the Barbican. LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s education and community programme, has also successfully moved much of its interactive learning activity online, and created new material in time for schools’ summer term.

Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra said:

'I am delighted that we are able to continue much of our education and community work during this period of social distancing, as the schools go back for the summer term. LSO Discovery staff and LSO players have worked tirelessly to adapt to remote learning techniques, to continue existing programmes, and to create inspirational new projects. It’s also been uplifting to see audiences around the world joining us for the digital concerts: our musicians and conductors have recorded new introductions and insights into the programmes being presented, and we are grateful that we have a further thirteen concerts in the archive ready to go. Even in war time, the performing arts were not silent, and they brought huge comfort to many people.  As we emerge from this period of lockdown it will be important that the arts can flourish again, bringing much needed vitality to our communal life, and giving artists back their voice.'

There will be a further thirteen archive broadcasts, featuring concerts conducted by the LSO’s family of conductors, including Music Director Sir Simon Rattle, LSO Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas, LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda, former Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev and guest conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner. There will be two chamber orchestra concerts recorded at LSO St Luke’s.

The LSO is joined by a range of guest artists including pianists Maria João Pires, Denis Matsuev and Yuja Wang, violinist Leila Josefowicz, and singers Olga Borodina, Gábor Bretz, Karen Cargill, Bryan Hymel, Christopher Maltman, Sally Matthews, Evgeny Nikitin, Christopher Purves, and Kenneth Tarver.

Full listings

Visit our Always Playing page

For further information:

Christopher Millard
Head of Press & External Affairs
London Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS

M +44 7545502226

Full Listings


Sunday 3 May 2020, 7pm BST
Mozart Concertos from LSO St Luke’s

Mozart Horn Concerto No 2
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Mozart Oboe Concerto
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major

Jaime Martín conductor
Olivier Stankiewicz oboe
Andrew Marriner clarinet
Timothy Jones horn
Juliana Koch oboe
Chris Richards clarinet
Rachel Gough bassoon


Thursday 7 May 2020, 7.30pm BST
Shostakovich Symphony No 5

Gershwin Piano Concerto
Shostakovich Symphony No 5

Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Yuja Wang piano
London Symphony Orchestra


Sunday 10 May 2020, 7pm BST
Berlioz Romeo & Juliet

Berlioz Romeo and Juliet

Valery Gergiev conductor
Olga Borodina mezzo-soprano
Kenneth Tarver tenor
Evgeny Nikitin bass-baritone
London Symphony Chorus 
Simon Halsey chorus director 
Guildhall School Singers 
London Symphony Orchestra


Thursday 14 May 2020, 7.30pm BST
Mendelssohn Symphony No 3

Mendelssohn Overture: The Hebrides
Schumann Piano Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony No 3

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor
Maria João Pires piano
London Symphony Orchestra


Sunday 17 May 2020, 7pm BST
Mahler Symphony No 6

Mark-Anthony Turnage Remembering: In Memoriam Evan Scofield
Mahler Symphony No 6

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra


Thursday 21 May 2020, 7.30pm BST
Shostakovich Symphony No 6

Britten Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from ‘Peter Grimes’
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2
Shostakovich Symphony No 6

Gianandrea Noseda conductor
Denis Matsuev piano
London Symphony Orchestra


Sunday 24 May 2020, 7pm BST
Steve Reich Quartet and Sextet

Steve Reich Quartet
Joe Locke Her Sanctuary
Makoto Ozone arr Simon Carrington Kato’s Revenge
Steve Reich Sextet

LSO Percussion Ensemble


Thursday 28 May 2020, 7.30pm BST
Brahms German Requiem

Brahms German Requiem

Valery Gergiev conductor
Sally Matthews soprano
Christopher Maltman baritone
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra


Sunday 31 May 2020, 7pm BST
Berlioz Damnation of Faust

Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Karen Cargill soprano
Bryan Hymel tenor
Christopher Purves baritone
Gábor Bretz bass 
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra


Thursday 4 June 2020, 7.30pm BST
Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale from LSO St Luke’s

Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale

Roman Simovic director
Malcolm Sinclair narrator
LSO Chamber Ensemble


Sunday 7 June 2020, 3pm BST
BMW Classic 2019 from Trafalgar Square

Dvořák Selection of Slavonic Dances
Bushra el-Turk Tuqus
Poulenc Selection from 'Les biches – Suite'
Ravel La valse

Sir Simon Rattleconductor
London Symphony Orchestra
LSO On Track Young Musicians
Guildhall School Musicians


Thursday 11 June 2020, 7.30pm BST
2019/20 Season Opening Concert

Emily Howard Antisphere
Colin Matthews Violin Concerto
Walton Symphony No 1

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Leila Josefowicz violin
London Symphony Orchestra


Sunday 14 June 2020, 7pm BST
Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor
Alexander Knox, Ceri-lyn Cissone, Frankie Wakefield cast
Monteverdi Choir
London Symphony Orchestra