1940s


1940

Sir Henry Wood conducts the LSO in its first Prom season at the Queen’s Hall and then tours all over the UK with the Orchestra during the war years.

1941

The LSO records many film soundtracks, such as 49th Parallel and Dangerous Moonlight.

1945

Gordon Walker (flute/piccolo) becomes Chairman/Secretary (1945-49).

1946

LSO performs in a film called Instruments of the Orchestra featuring the premiere of Britten’s The Young Persons' Guide to the Orchestra.

Samuel Barber conducts his Adagio for Strings at the Three Choirs Festival.

1947

Benjamin Britten first conducts the LSO at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

1948

The LSO is reconstituted as a non-profit-distributing concern in order to qualify for more advantageous tax relief.

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