About the LSO Archive

The LSO is London’s oldest orchestra and has a fascinating history.

The Orchestra is happy to make its archive available to the public but as the archivist works part-time, it is essential to make an appointment to view any of the material. Much of the Orchestra’s performance history has been input to a database and, although not yet complete, it is possible for the archivist to supply enquirers with lists (either by post or email) upon request.

The following can be found within the archive:

  • A complete collection of programmes for the LSO’s own promoted concerts dating from 1904 and bound in volumes
  • Loose copies of programmes from the 1920s, including outside engagements (eg Proms, Edinburgh Festival, provincial venues, etc)
  • A collection of publicity leaflets and posters (incomplete) dating from 1904
  • Bound minute books from LSO Board meetings, 1905-1979
  • Photographs following the LSO’s history, in particular a good collection from the 1912 trip to the USA
  • Many letters, memorabilia and documents some signed by conductors and artists (not yet catalogued)
  • Oral history CDs – a collection of interviews with past players and administrators of the LSO giving their personal memories of their time in the Orchestra
  • Attendance sheets and diaries for all LSO engagements dating from 1968