1920s


1920

Lord Howard de Walden is appointed Honorary President in gratitude for his financial support of the Orchestra.

The LSO signs a three-year contract with the Columbia Gramophone Company.

1922

Walter Wanger from United Artists promotes a series of super-films in Covent Garden Opera House, conducted by Eugene Goossens, making his debut with the LSO.

1923

The LSO purchases its first instrument van from Ford for £200.

Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the LSO for the first time.

1924

The LSO Board becomes fully elective and the Endowment Fund is created.

First BBC radio broadcast from Southwark Cathedral conducted by Vaughan Williams ('Pastoral' Symphony).

1925

LSO 21st birthday – concert conducted by Sir Edward Elgar and Serge Koussevitzky. Each member of the Orchestra was given a bonus of £20.

1927

John Barbirolli makes his London conducting debut with the LSO.

1929

The LSO becomes a contracted permanent orchestra of 75 players, each with the guarantee of a specified number of performances over a three-year term.

End of the deputy system.

Yehudi Menuhin makes his London debut playing Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the LSO, aged 12.

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