For more than seventy years the LSSO has been the training ground for some of London's most talented young musicians. Not all of its players go on to be professional musicians. More than half of musicians go on to jobs unrelated to music. But for everyone who experiences it, the LSSO is a glorious and exhilarating chapter of their youth.
Many famous conductors have directed the LSSO. It is the conductor's task to motivate the orchestra and make them play as a single team, thinking, feeling and playing the music together. A conductor does this in many ways. Sometimes they can be tough, demanding that everyone concentrate and give of their best. At others, they can be lighter and more humorous. Each has his their own style. But their aim is always the same: to inspire the orchestra with their vision and imagination. Since 2022 the LSSO has had a Conductor in Residence in Association with Black Lives in Music.