‘This is music, this is what we believe.
Music is for everybody, music is a right.
It’s the air we breathe, the water we drink.’
The London Symphony Orchestra has an extraordinary 113-year history, and whilst it builds on its great heritage and history, at its core is an Orchestra that is always looking forwards. It’s an Orchestra that simply will not accept that there is a ceiling to what it can do, or that there is a limit to the level of excellence it can achieve, or the amount to which the Orchestra can become bonded with its community.
The musicians of the LSO made it clear from the start that they wanted to explore more together. They want to play ‘earlier’ music as well as music written yesterday; they want to work across the arts; they want to tackle the incredible masterpieces that were written after World War II, and they want to build on their wish to bring music to everybody. It makes this the most exciting job in classical music today and I feel completely privileged to be with the LSO.
The concert year ahead offers just a glimmer of things to come, both on and off the concert platform, and nowhere more so than in the opening two weeks of the 2017/18 season. Alongside the concerts I’ll conduct in the Barbican Hall with the Orchestra, there will be an opportunity to watch the LSO live from the Barbican Sculpture Court and listen on headphones to a broadcast of the performance from inside; BBC Radio 3 will be in residence broadcasting three concerts from the Barbican and four chamber concerts from LSO St Luke’s to commemorate a new chapter in the Orchestra’s history; people at home will be able to watch or listen in the comfort of their living rooms, whilst people across this unique Square Mile of London and beyond will have the opportunity to interact with and join in several events.
The concerts performed by the LSO this year will explore new avenues, looking back to some of the towering figures of the last century, and looking forward with some of the leading British composers working today. Alongside the wonderful family of artists and conductors that the Orchestra holds dear, we all hope that we can strive towards an excellence for everyone to enjoy and build on for years to come.
I hope you will join us throughout the 2017/18 season, and that through the LSO’s music, you might be inspired to make some of your own.
Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE
LSO Music Director