On 9 June the LSO gives its first concert, conducted by Hans Richter at the Queen’s Hall. It is Britain’s first independent, self-governing orchestra – a limited company with the players as shareholders. Approximately half the players have resigned from the Queen’s Hall Orchestra because of Henry Wood’s refusal to allow them to send deputies to rehearsals and concerts

Hans Richter is appointed Principal Conductor (1904–11)

Guest conductors in the first season include Artur Nikisch (1904), Fritz Steinbach (1904), Edouard Colonne (1905) and Sir Edward Elgar (1905). Through the LSO, London receives an unprecedented range of distinguished international conductors


First provincial tour – Sir Edward Elgar conducts


First British orchestra to tour abroad, to Paris


Thomas Beecham conducts the LSO for the first time

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Libby Rice LSO Archivist

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