LSO Live, the Orchestra’s own record label is launched, preserving outstanding performances at the Barbican.

LSO wins a Royal Philharmonic Society Award – the first orchestra to receive this award for a second time.


The LSO forms a partnership with Andante, who select the Orchestra as one of its four international orchestras, the others being the Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and the Philadelphia.


LSO Live wins two Grammy awards and a Classical Brit award for the recording of Les Troyens with Sir Colin Davis.

Rostropovich 75th birthday series, with Mstislav Rostropovich – many of the world’s greatest artists come to the Barbican concert to celebrate with him.

George Benjamin By George! Festival, continuing through 2003, wins a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.


LSO St Luke’s, the UBS and LSO Music Education Centre, is opened.

Sir Colin Davis conducts the Berlioz Bicentenary Festival.

LSO Live sales top 250,000.


Centenary year. The Centenary Gala Concert on 9 June is attended by the LSO’s Patron, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.


Clive Gillinson, Managing Director of the LSO for 21 years, leaves the Orchestra to become Chief Executive of Carnegie Hall. Kathryn McDowell becomes Managing Director in August.

The complete LSO Live catalogue is made available to download from the web in an exclusive deal with iTunes, the first such deal.

LSO Official Ringtones are launched, produced by LSO players.

The three year expanded partnership with UBS is announced, which is built on shared values and a commitment to bring unforgettable music to audiences, while providing outstanding opportunities for composers, musicians, teachers and students.


Daniel Harding joins Michael Tilson Thomas as Principal Guest Conductor.

A new residency at Salle Pleyel in Paris is announced, beginning with Bernard Haitink conducting Beethoven.

LSO Live wins a Grammy Award in the Best Opera category for Verdi’s Falstaff, conducted by Sir Colin Davis.


Valery Gergiev is announced as the next Principal Conductor, whilst Sir Colin Davis is to become President, the first since Leonard Bernstein’s death in 1990.

Gergiev's first concert series as Principal Conductor is a complete cycle of Mahler Symphonies, which sells out the Barbican for each concert.


The first recording of Gergiev's Mahler Symphonies cycle is released on LSO Live.

The Orchestra celebrates Sir Colin Davis's 80th birthday with a performance of James MacMillan's St John Passion, commissioned by the LSO with generous support from The Wilford Foundation, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Edward Van Beinum Foundation), the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Rundfunkchor Berlin (member of roc Berlin).

LSO Discovery launches LSO On Track, an extensive programme of work for East London schools and music services. It brings together the excitement of live performance with the adrenalin rush of making music with others. It was been devised in partnership with the Music Services of ten East London Boroughs, the Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The LSO and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited celebrate their 20 year partnership with launch of 8th Takeda Global Concert Series, which enables the LSO to continue taking world-class performances to America, Japan and Europe.

Valery Gergiev conducts a major series of the works of Prokofiev. 16 works by Prokofiev were performed in 41 concerts throughout 14 countries worldwide.


LSO Live helps to set up and run the new Mariinsky CD label.

Sir Colin Davis and the LSO celebrate 50 years of working together.

LSO On Track is the chosen charity of the Lord Mayor's Appeal for 2010, alongside the Cricket Foundation's StreetChance programme, which runs from November 2009 to November 2010.

Sir Colin Davis is awarded the Queen's Medal for Music for 2009 at a special concert and ceremony at Mansion House.

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Libby Rice LSO Archivist

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