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Lockdown 2: 5 November – 2 December 2020

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 will again be in lockdown. 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 timetable

w/c 23 November


Coffee Session
11am GMT, YouTube
Hannah Kendall A Winged Spirit // Belinda McFarlane (violin) & Liz Burley (piano)
Watch on YouTube



7pm GMT, Instagram Stories
This week's quiz is all about letters
> Go to our Instagram


Archive Dive
LSO website
Discographer Philip Stuart explores recordings made by the much-missed Richard Hickox

Explore the archive



Brookfield x LSO x Culture Mile
Culture Mile website
Look out for some beautiful new filmed artworks featuring new works performed by LSO musicians in City of London locations
> Culture Mile website


Live stream
12.30pm GMT, YouTube
The LSO Discovery Friday Lunchtime Concert is live from LSO St Luke's, featuring works by Beethoven and Sally Beamish
Watch on YouTube



Where's Simon?
Revisit our special lockdown concert for families, and play along yourselves!
> Find out more


YouTube Sundays premiere
7pm GMT, YouTube
Bacewicz, Haydn & Beethoven // Paavo Järvi, conductor
Watch on You Tube



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