● Leading artists echo their themes for the season via curated radio programming and playlists on Apple Music

● Curation begins on 13 September with Music Director Sir Simon Rattle, as the Orchestra also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first release on its record label, LSO Live

● Collaboration deepens the London Symphony Orchestra’s longstanding relationship with Apple Music

20 years after the LSO became the first orchestra to start its own record label, the London Symphony Orchestra launches a new initiative that will bring the themes of its 2019/20 season to Apple Music via a series of artist-curated radio programming and playlists, beginning from 13 September and continuing monthly throughout the season.

Commenting on the new initiative, Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the LSO said: ‘The London Symphony Orchestra is committed to bringing the best music to the greatest number of people, and we are delighted to collaborate with Apple Music to spread the ideas and themes of the outstanding artists who will perform with the Orchestra this season to the 60 million people all over the world who subscribe to the service. The Orchestra has been a forward-looking organisation from the outset, and has always strived to embrace new technology in order to share the life-enhancing power of classical music. It was one of the first orchestras to begin making recordings, the first to launch an educational programme and the first to realise its own record label, LSO Live. LSO Live was set up to completely reflect the artistic policy and planning of the Orchestra and to share its music-making wider than the concert hall, so this collaboration is a fitting way to celebrate 20 years of the label. We hope that audiences who listen to the music these artists have curated will enjoy what they hear and perhaps even discover new pieces they will treasure forever.’

Beginning on 13 September with Sir Simon Rattle’s choices reflecting his commitment to open each season as LSO Music Director with a celebration of British music past and present, the curation will continue throughout the season with new artists presenting their choices each month. Selections from LSO Principal Guest Conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth, and LSO Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas will bring 2019 to a close, while 2020 will see artists including Nathalie Stutzmann, Elim Chan and Antoine Tamestit reflect their themes via Apple Music.

Each year, the LSO’s London season brings world-leading conductors, soloists and ensembles to the Orchestra’s home at the Barbican Centre and its venue on Old Street, LSO St Luke's. From the familiar faces that make up the LSO’s family of conductors to artists, established or on the rise, making their debut performances with the Orchestra. The Orchestra’s new collaboration with Apple Music aims to amplify the themes these great musicians have chosen to present during the 2019/20 season, echoing them to audiences around the world via radio programming and playlists on Apple’s streaming service. Each artist involved will curate a selection of recordings for Apple Music’s Classical Radio channel, which will appear throughout the month alongside the channel’s regularly programmed content. Selected tracks from the artist-curated radio programmes will also appear as individual playlists, giving users another avenue of discovery.

All radio programming, playlists and more can be found on the London Symphony Orchestra’s home on Apple Music at www.applemusic.com/lso.

Throughout its anniversary year, LSO Live will release music by Beethoven, Bernstein, Debussy, Golijov, Janáček, Ravel, Reich, Schumann, Stravinsky and more, performed by artists including Sir Simon Rattle, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the LSO Percussion Ensemble.


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