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Eleven concerts with Vladimir Jurowski, the Orchestra's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, who continues his Mahler and Bruckner Symphony Cycles as well as his hallmark imaginative programming of works by Zemlinsky, Szymanowski and Scriabin.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts two concerts in his first season as Principal Guest Conductor, and previous Principal Guest Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin returns to conduct two concerts in February 2016. Premieres of commissioned works include Composer in Residence Magnus Lindberg's Violin Concerto No. 2; Alexander Raskatov's Green Mass with an all-star cast; Krzysztof Penderecki's Harp Concerto (conducted by the composer) and Marc-André Dalbavie's new work for baritone Matthias Goerne

You can also hear familiar and popular works including Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos Nos. 2, 3 & 4; Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and Firebird Suite; concertos by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Dvořák and Beethoven. The Sibelius 150 celebrations include Symphony Nos. 1 and 2, the Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos and excerpts from The Tempest.

Distinguished visiting conductors include Krzysztof Penderecki, Thierry Fischer, Markus Stenz, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Alondra de la Parra, Robin Ticciati, Susanna Mälkki, Enrique Mazzola, Jaap van Zweden, Osmo Vänskä, Vasily Petrenko, Christoph Eschenbach and Jaime Martín

Oustanding singers joining the LPO this season include Soile Isokoski, Iestyn Davies, Toby Spence, Anne Sofie von Otter, Javier Camarena, Matthias Goerne, Kate Royal, Allison Bell and Simon Keenlyside. Three weekend FUNharmonics family concerts explore storytelling through music. With free activities throughout the day, don't miss the chance to introduce your children to some new music.

As part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s prestigious annual Fundraising Summer Gala at One Marylebone, the charity auction raised a record-breaking £53,000 towards the total of over £220,000 which will help support the LPO’s work for the coming season.

Among the money-can’t-buy experiences on offer was the chance to have a  two-minute piano work written especially for you by LPO Composer in Residence Magnus Lindberg and an exclusive meeting with Michael Morpurgo MBE, including the chance to name a character in the author’s next book.

Other lots included  a luxury culinary experience including a morning shopping with celebrity chef Jeremy Lee of Quo Vadis, a meal for eight cooked by Jeremy in the winning bidder’s home and a meal with the Evening Standard’s restaurant critic Fay Maschler, and a two-week internship at Christian Dior UK in London.

The auction was led by Phillips’ Head of Contemporary Art Day Sales Henry Highley and there was musical entertainment from members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, classical pianist Leon McCawley, jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and vocalist Parry Ray.

Among the notable guests were Tony Hall, Director General of BBC, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport John Whittingdale, General Director of Christian Dior Couture UK Count Pierre de Maigret, lawyer to the royals and celebrities Baroness Shackleton; theatre and film actor Simon Callow; hotelier Olga Polizzi and the Ambassadors of Finland and the Russian Federation. Speeches were given by LPO Chief Executive and Artistic Director Tim Walker and Chairman Victoria Robey OBE.

Highlights of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016 Season

Shakespeare400: In 2016 LPO celebrate the legacy of Shakespeare 400 years since his death. The celebrations include a gala evening of music and readings on the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, seven Shakespeare-themed concerts and numerous supporting talks and free events.

Parry Ray and Gwylim Simcock © LIA VITTONE