LSO and its Partners – Around the World
The end of a busy year is always a timely opportunity to look back and celebrate the exciting and far-flung international touring the Orchestra enjoyed across the year. From Amsterdam to Zurich, New York to Nanjing, there were many highlights, thousands of miles covered, and generous partnership support that made these acclaimed concert tours possible.
The LSO has been touring internationally since 1906, when it first visited Paris. Over more than a century the Orchestra has developed a major global touring calendar, invited to perform in concert halls around the world. 2018 was a particularly busy year, including Paris again as it does every year, and more widely across Europe taking in Poland, Ireland, Spain and the Netherlands to name just a few of the countries visited. Beyond our own continent, the LSO returned to North America for concerts in New York, and also performed in Thailand, China, South Korea, Japan and Vietnam.
For the members of the Orchestra there were returns to cities well-known, as well as first-time visits to new international locations. In May the LSO travelled to the USA for three concerts in New York at the Lincoln Center and one in Newark, led by LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle. The Orchestra first visited the US in 1912, and since then has visited more than 50 times. The LSO’s work in America is supported by those who donate to the American London Symphony Orchestra Foundation, and as we look ahead to the Orchestra’s next concerts in New York in Spring 2020 we are very grateful to those who choose to support so generously in this way.
In June the LSO returned – after a gap of 35 years – to Bangkok. The two concerts in Thailand launched a major tour for the Orchestra from Thailand through to China, with ten concerts in eight cities over nearly three weeks, all conducted by LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda. As well as return visits to Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Wuhan, the LSO performed for the first time in Shenzhen, Changsha and Nanjing.
A poster for the LSO's concert in Changsha, China
A tour of this scale can only be achieved with the help of strategic partners who stand side by side the Orchestra on the international stage. The LSO was delighted that Reignwood Group was LSO Principal Partner & China Tour Sponsor again in 2018, providing leading support across the tour. The importance of strengthening links through music and cultural exchange is shared by the LSO and Reignwood; this tour deepened our connections with audiences and communities and demonstrated a shared commitment to building bridges between countries. The Orchestra was also proud to work in partnership again with China Taiping Insurance as a concert sponsor in three cities on the tour – Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing – marking the continuation of an important association between our two organisations. EVA Air provided valuable flight support for the tour to Thailand and China – a new and successful partnership for the LSO.
The Orchestra was thrilled to return to Japan in September for concerts in Osaka, Tokyo and Yokohama. Since 1963, the LSO has been performing in Japan and this visit was the Orchestra’s first with Sir Simon Rattle. The concerts were generously sponsored by TDK, with flight support from ANA. Plans are now underway for the next LSO concerts in Japan, in Autumn 2020 as part of the UK / Japan Season of Culture. From Japan, the Orchestra travelled on to Seoul for two concerts and then to Vietnam where for the second year running a large outdoor concert was performed in the central square in Hanoi, sponsored by Vietnam Airlines.
The LSO’s concert partners are enabling its ambitions to make the greatest music available to the greatest number of people; without this support the exciting international reach and music-making would not be achievable.
For more information about how the LSO works with business partners in key markets around the world, please contact:
Nicholas Selman, Director of Development
+44 20 7382 2515
With thanks to the generous supporters of the LSO’s major international concerts in 2018 – these partnerships make possible the LSO’s work on the global stage: