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The LSO is in good shape for its centenary this year. But the gala concert in June suggested that it needs more rehearsal time if it is to evolve into a great orchestra

By Stephen Everson   July 2004

Colin Davis’s LSO in good shape…The London Symphony Orchestra’s first concert was held on 9th June 1904, and the orchestra is making much of its centenary year – turning it into a whole 18 months of celebrations. These began in January and will conclude next summer, with the second of two gala concerts. There is certainly no lack of energy in the orchestra or in its principal conductor Colin Davis, who is now 76. If my arithmetic is right, the orchestra will have given well over 160 concerts within those 18 months – with Davis conducting more than 30 –…

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