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03.25.2024 | Member News & Releases

Bloomsbury Digital Resources Launches LSO Streaming Collections

Future LSO performances exclusively available on London Symphony Orchestra Collections, as Bloomsbury becomes go-to arts streaming resource for academics globally

Bloomsbury Digital Resources (BDR), part of Bloomsbury Publishing, today announces several new streaming collections with one of the world’s leading orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). Launching with an initial selection of over 80 recorded concerts, the collections will grow each year as new seasons are added. These new performances will be exclusively available to the global academic community on Bloomsbury’s platform.

The London Symphony Orchestra Collections will provide students and faculty with access to hundreds of performances from one of the best professional orchestras in the world. Featuring a wide-ranging repertoire of orchestral and symphonic music, the collections launching today include music from all periods, from Bach to Mahler to 21st century composers like Soweto Kinch and Hannah Kendall. Concerts feature renowned conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Antonio Pappano as well as guest musicians Leonidas Kavakos, Gerald Finley, Barbara Hannigan, Julia Bullock and many others.

Becky Lees, Head of LSO Live, comments: “The London Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce our partnership with Bloomsbury and hope it will foster a culture of knowledge-sharing and innovation. The LSO has a long history of educational programs, and this further demonstrates our commitment to educational activity by making our content accessible to the academic community. The LSO’s mission is inspiring hearts and minds through world-leading music-making, and this adds to the portfolio of what we offer.”

Anna Wright, BDR Digital Portfolio Director, says: “Bloomsbury Digital Resources has had the privilege of bringing world class arts content into classrooms for years, thanks to longstanding partnerships with many leading arts organisations. We are thrilled to embark on this partnership with the LSO, which represents a significant expansion for us into the realm of premier classical music performance. As organizations, Bloomsbury and the LSO are aligned in our aims to inspire new generations through excellence and accessibility of content and in setting ambitious Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals to help make our respective fields more diverse.”

The LSO is frequently listed in the top five orchestras globally and was one of the first orchestras to be shaped by its musicians. Generations of remarkable talents have built the LSO’s reputation for uncompromising quality and inspirational repertoires, and the orchestra has a strong commitment to diversity, with over 75% of their 21st century music by composers from underrepresented backgrounds.

The London Symphony Orchestra Collections will be sold on a subscription and perpetual purchase basis globally to academic libraries. Details will be announced soon.

Further music resources can be found on Bloomsbury Video Library, including opera performances and music documentaries, and on the e-books platform Bloomsbury Music and Sound.

About Bloomsbury Bloomsbury is a leading independent publisher of fiction, nonfiction, children’s, specialist, academic, and professional titles listed on the London Stock Exchange. Established in 1986, it is one of the few publishers with a portfolio that includes both general and academic publishing. Bloomsbury’s ambitious growth story has seen the Group become a significant global publisher with offices in the UK, US, Australia, and India. 

Bloomsbury authors have won the Nobel, Pulitzer, and Booker Prizes, and it is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series.

About the LSO The London Symphony Orchestra is built on the belief that extraordinary music should be available to everyone, everywhere. The LSO was established in 1904 as one of the first orchestras shaped by its musicians. Today it is ranked among the world’s top orchestras, with a family of artists that includes Chief Conductor Designate Sir Antonio Pappano, Conductor Emeritus Sir Simon Rattle, Principal Guest Conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth, Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas and Associate Artists Barbara Hannigan and André J Thomas.

The LSO is the Resident Orchestra at the Barbican in the City of London and reaches international audiences through touring and artistic residencies, digital partnerships, and an extensive program of live-streamed and on-demand online broadcasts.

Through a world-leading learning and community program, LSO Discovery, the LSO connects people from all walks of life to the power of great music. LSO musicians are at the heart of this unique program, leading workshops, mentoring bright young talent, performing at free concerts for the local community, and using music to support neurodiverse adults. LSO musicians also visit children’s hospitals and lead training programs for teachers.

In 1999, the LSO formed its own recording label, LSO Live. It has become one of the world’s most talked-about classical labels and has over 200 recordings in the catalog so far. The LSO is a leading orchestra for film and uses streaming services to reach a worldwide online audience totaling millions every month. Through inspiring music, learning programs, and technological innovations, the LSO’s reach extends far beyond the concert hall.

Media inquiries: to Tash Payne, Corporate Communications Manager at Bloomsbury on tash.payne@bloomsbury.com or 07521755939.

Member News Release submitted by Bloomsbury Publishing on 03/25/2024.

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