Always Playing

Back in March 2020 at the start of lockdown, we wanted to bring great music to everyone, everywhere while were unable to perform live. Even though concert halls were closed we brought the LSO to your living rooms, with a digital programme of archive streams of full concerts twice a week, live weekly lunchtime recitals, interviews, articles, playlists, and activities for young people and families.

Although the start of Autumn brought an easing of that situation and we were able to perform again to small socially distanced audiences, from 5 November to 2 December the UK was again in lockdown, with many places including London subject to tighter restrictions afterwards. We are fortunate to be able to continue to record our concerts at LSO St Luke's and stream them with our broadcast partners as planned: please visit the Autumn 2020 Season page for full details of these broadcasts. We are also able to expand our planned series of excerpts made available for free on YouTube each Sunday to include more full length concerts: please visit this page for details of these events, and do join in with the live chats!

In addition to these streamed concerts we will be bringing you more interesting articles, video snippets, quizzes and activities to enjoy from home. Please stay home, stay safe, and stay in touch.

Weekly content

Monday: Coffee Sessions
Tuesday: InstaQuiz
Wednesday: Archive Dive
Thursday: The Long Read
Friday: Friday Lunchtime Concerts
Saturday: Family Time
Sunday: YouTube Sundays


Live streams and YouTube Sundays

Full length concerts, brought to you by our streaming partners (via subscription or single ticket sales), plus weekly excerpts and concerts on our YouTube channel (free).
> Full details of all full length concerts
> YouTube Sundays

Coffee Sessions

Short performances, with music chosen by LSO musicians, Coffee Sessions are the perfect length for you to grab a cup of coffee and take a short break.
> Watch all of our Coffee Sessions

LSO Discovery: Activities for Schools, Families and Young People 

Fun, creative music-based tasks for young people, to continue learning whether you’re at home or at school - including our new concert for Key Stage 2 pupils, their teachers and their families, streaming on YouTube from Wednesday 18 November at 11am.
Explore our Resources


Blog posts, interviews, composer timelines and articles by music writers.
> Read them all on our blog


Get some listening inspiration from our themed playlists, recommendations, and our Discographer Philip Stuart’s picks from the archive.
> Get some listening inspiration


Delve deeper into the music with interviews, performances and behind-the-scenes clips from lockdown and from our archives.
> Explore our videos

Movie & Book Recommendations

Each week during Lockdown 1, we recommended one great film from the hundreds for which the LSO has recorded music – time to revisit these for your stay in Saturday nights! Plus our Stage Manager Nathan brought together a selection of his favourite audiobooks.
> Explore our Movie Night Recommendations
> Truck Drivers’ Book Club

Support the LSO's Future

The importance of music and the arts has never been more apparent than in recent months, as we’ve been inspired, comforted and entertained throughout this unprecedented period.

As we emerge from the most challenging period of a generation, please consider supporting the LSO's Always Playing Appeal to sustain the Orchestra, allow us to perform together again on stage and to continue sharing our music with the broadest range of people possible.

Every donation will help to support the LSO’s future.

> Support the LSO’s Always Playing Appeal

Where can you find us?

Broadcast partners

Visit our platform partners for details of on-demand tickets and subscription packages: 

Watching YouTube on your TV?

Follow our instructions to access concerts via the YouTube app.
> Follow the instructions to watch on your TV

Programme notes

Our programme notes are available to read digitally for free, and will be available for the whole season.
> Find programme notes

LSO Insight

Insight is the LSO's newsletter for donors, published every term.
Click here to view the latest issue.

Living Music

Living Music is the LSO's magazine, published twice a year.
Click here to view the latest issue.




Support as You Listen

Take the sound of the Orchestra with you and listen wherever you are. Enjoy the complete LSO discography and specially curated playlists, only on Apple Music.

What’s more, when you start a free 3 month trial Apple Music will support us further with a contribution up to £14.99*. Choose from a Student or Individual subscription, or join with a Family plan and share with up to 5 people.


*New subscribers only. Plan automatically renews monthly at £4.99 (Student), £9.99 (Individual) or £14.99 (Family Plan) after trial.