London Symphony Orchestra

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DOUGLAS, (George) Keith (1903 - 1949), Chairman London Symphony Orchestra Concert Society; a Director of Ortus Films Ltd; Conductor of London Symphony and other orchestras

CUNDELL, Edric (1893 - 1961), composer and conductor; Principal of Guildhall School of Music and Drama 1938–59; conducted London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sadlers Wells Opera, Cape Town Orchestra and BBC Symphony Concerts

DAVIS, Colin (Rex) (1927 - 2013), Principal Conductor, 1995–2007, President, since 2007, London Symphony Orchestra

McDOWELL, Kathryn Alexandra (born 1959), DL; Managing Director, London Symphony Orchestra, since 2005

BRYMER, Jack (1915 - 2003), Principal Clarinettist, London Symphony Orchestra, 1972–87

JUROWSKI, Vladimir (born 1972), conductor; Chief Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra, since 2007; Artistic Director, Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra, since 2011

TILSON THOMAS, Michael (born 1944), Music Director, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, since 1995; Principal Guest Conductor, London Symphony Orchestra, since 1995 (Principal Conductor, 1988–95); Artistic Director (formerly Artistic Adviser), New World Symphony, since 1988; concert pianist

von DOHNÁNYI, Christoph (born 1929), Principal Conductor, Philharmonia Orchestra, London, 1997–2008, now Honorary Conductor for Life; Chief Conductor, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg, 2004–10

HICKOX, Richard Sidney (1948 - 2008), conductor; Music Director: City of London Sinfonia, since 1971; City of London Sinfonia (formerly Richard Hickox) Singers, since 1971; London Symphony Chorus, since 1976; Opera Australia, since 2005; Associate Conductor, London Symphony Orchestra, since 1985

PREVIN, André (George) (born 1929), conductor, pianist and composer; Conductor Laureate, London Symphony Orchestra, since 1992; Music Director, Oslo Philharmonic, 2002–06

MARRINER, Andrew Stephen (born 1954), solo, chamber and orchestral clarinettist; Principal Clarinet, London Symphony Orchestra, since 1985

PARKER, Bertie Patterson (1871 - 1930), Professor Royal Academy of Music since 1907; Violoncellist Spencer Dyke String Quartet; Principal Violoncellist, London Symphony Orchestra, Leeds Festival, etc

SOLTI, Georg (1912 - 1997), Artistic Director, Salzburg Easter Festival, 1992 and 1993; Music Director, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1969–91, Music Director Laureate, since 1991; Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1979–83, then Conductor Emeritus

HALSEY, Simon Patrick (born 1958), Chorus Director: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, since 1983; London Symphony Orchestra, since 2012; Director, BBC Proms Youth Chorus, since 2012; Chief Conductor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, 2001–15, now Conductor Laureate; Artistic Director, Berlin Philharmonic Youth Choral Programme, since 2012; Professor and Director of Choral Activities, University of Birmingham, since 2012

CLIFFORD, Julian (1877 - 1921), General Entertainments Manager and Musical Director, Hastings Corporation; Musical Director, Harrogate Corporation; Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for the London Ballad Concerts Season, 1921–22; conductor, solo pianist, and composer

VAUGHAN, (Moira) Karen (born 1950), Co-principal harp, London Symphony Orchestra, 1984–2015; Professor, since 2004, and Head of Harp, since 2010, Royal Academy of Music; Associate Artistic Director, World Harp Congress, since 2011


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Founded 1904, self‐governing from start, by players who seceded from Henry Wood's Queen's Hall Orch. because he banned the system of deputies (by which a player could unilaterally send a deputy to a concert while he took a more lucrative engagement). First concert Queen's Hall, London, 9 June 1904, cond. Richter, who remained prin. cond. until 1911. Toured USA 1912 cond. Nikisch. Also assoc. with Elgar as cond. (he was prin. cond. 1911–12). For many years was regular orch. at 3 Choirs Fests. Conductors have incl. Albert Coates and Harty. Those appointed prin. cond. since 2nd World War have been Josef Krips (1950–4), Pierre Monteux (1961–4), Istvan Kertész (1965–8), André Previn (1968–79), Claudio Abbado (1979–88), Michael Tilson Thomas (1988–95), Colin Davis (1995–2006), Valery Gergiev from 2006. Salzburg Fest. début 1973 (cond. Previn).

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