Tour to Russia and the Far East with André Previn and Benjamin Britten.

BBC TV presents the first André Previn’s Music Night – the popular television series, which brings classical music and the LSO to the attention of a huge new audience.


Leopold Stokowski celebrates the 60th anniversary of his first concert with the LSO by conducting the identical programme.


The LSO is the first British orchestra to be invited to perform at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by André Previn, Seiji Ozawa and Karl Böhm.

Britten’s 60th Birthday Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Leonard Bernstein makes a video recording of Mahler’s Symphony No 2 (‘Resurrection’).


The LSO is the first UK orchestra to appear at the Hollywood Bowl.

70th Anniversary.


Led by Sir Jack Lyons, the LSO Trust, in conjunction with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, restores Holy Trinity Church in Southwark to become a much-needed rehearsal venue, Henry Wood Hall.


First Shell-LSO Music Scholarship and National Tour.


Walton’s 75th Birthday Concert.

Khachaturian conducts the LSO in a concert and recording session, not long before his death.

Star Wars is released, with a score by John Williams recorded by the LSO. Trumpeter Maurice Murphy first plays with the LSO on these sessions.


LSO shares in three Grammy awards for the score to Star Wars.

Classic Rock recordings become hugely popular and provide handsome royalties.


Claudio Abbado is appointed Principal Conductor (1979–87).

75th Anniversary. The celebrations included a Gala Concert at the Royal Fesitval Hall in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Tour to Russia with Colin Davis.

Claudio Abbado makes an acclaimed recording of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.

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Libby Rice LSO Archivist

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