1950s


1950

Josef Krips is appointed Conductor-in-Chief (1950–54).

1951

The LSO is one of several orchestras that perform at the formal opening of the Royal Festival Hall by George VI.

1954

Jubilee Concert at the Royal Festival Hall – a repeat of the music of the inaugural concert of 1904, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent, Anthony Collins, Basil Cameron, George Weldon and Muir Mathieson.

1955

After a major policy crisis and a mass resignation of LSO Principals, the Orchestra suddenly becomes a new, young and dynamic ensemble with an average age of around 30.

1956

The LSO is the first British orchestra to visit South Africa when it performs at the Johannesburg Festival.

1959

Colin Davis conducts the LSO for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall.

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