The LSO visits Japan with Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas, creating the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo with teaching and masterclasses for young musicians from all around the world.


Colin Matthews appointed Associate Composer.

Mstislav Rostropovich conducts the Prokofiev Centenary Festival.

Enhanced Funding Award from the Arts Council matched by the Corporation of London, enabling Joint Principal players policy.


LSO wins five Gramophone awards, and also shares Grammy award for Candide.

Richard McNicol appointed as LSO Discovery’s Music Animateur.


The LSO records Concerto! with Michael Tilson Thomas – a major TV series made for Channel 4 with Dudley Moore, which wins an Emmy Award.

Messiaen: A Commemoration – with Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano, Elgar Howarth and the London Sinfonietta.

Bernard Haitink conducts the LSO for the first time.


The LSO receives the first ever Evening Standard Classical Music Award for ‘Outstanding Ensemble Performance’.

Classic FM broadcasts The LSO – 90 Glorious Years, a 13-part history of the LSO, sponsored by Shell UK.


Sir Colin Davis takes up position as Principal Conductor.

LSO website is launched.


Arts Council stabilisation award for new flexible membership conditions throughout the Orchestra.

Annual New York residency established – the first by a British orchestra.

WQXR in New York begins an annual series of radio features about the LSO to coincide with the Orchestra’s New York residency.


Online booking is established on the LSO website – the first British orchestra to offer this service.


Sir Colin Davis conducts the Berlioz Odyssey – a series of all Berlioz’s major works. The Festival continues through 2000, when a performance of Les Troyens is given to wide acclaim. Many of the performances, including Les Troyens in 2000, are recorded for the LSO’s new CD label, LSO Live.

Contact the Archivist

Libby Rice LSO Archivist

Tel: +44 20 7382 2533