On Tuesday 17 January 2017 we unveiled the first stage of our ambitious plans for the future under our new Music Director Sir Simon Rattle, who will take up his post from September 2017. The plans will unfold over the next three years, developed by Sir Simon in close partnership with the musicians of the Orchestra, and in collaboration with the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
A ten-day festival to launch Rattle's first season as Music Director
Amongst the hightlights of the Festival will be an all-British line-up of composers for the opening concert, a 'silent symphony', a live link-up to Paris, an Opera in a Day and BBC Radio 3 in residence.
Young people and new audiences at the heart of our plans
A new early evening one-hour format and £5 tickets for under-18s at every concert, plus a new three-year programme in partnership with Arts Council England providing music experiences for 1000 children with learning disabilities and special needs.
New staging of Stockhausen at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall
In 2018 Sir Simon Rattle will direct a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's masterpiece Gruppen in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season at the Barbican are unveiled
Among the highlights of the season are the celebration of Leonard Bernstein in November 2017; a major exploration of the works of Debussy; Gianandrea Noseda's continuing Shostakovich symphonies cycle; and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Michael Tilson Thomas.
Championing the British composers of today
We affirm our long-standing commitment to championing British composers by opening every season with a new work by a young British composer. Helen Grime has been commissioned for the 2017/18 season opening.
1000 singers to take part in a new choral work
LSO Sing has been going from strength to strength, and Choral Director Simon Halsey will build upon this work with the European premiere of David Lang's The Public Domain for 1000 singers of every ability at an exciting venue to be announced.
Pioneering Digital Partnerships
We are building a new presence globally through our digital partnerships. Partners such as Apple, Spotify, Mezzo TV and the Digital Concert Hall are joined by new partnerships with Medici.TV and MelodyVR, which will stream live performances online.
Plans for a new Centre for Music for London
Plans for the development of a state of the art home for the London Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School continue to move forward.