The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has today (13 September 2019) launched a new initiative that brings the themes of its 2019/20 season to Apple Music via artist-curated radio programming and playlists.

Beginning with music director Sir Simon Rattle’s choices reflecting his commitment to opening each season with a celebration of British music past and present, the curation will continue monthly throughout the season with new artists presenting their choices each month. Principal guest conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth, and LSO conductor laureate Michael Tilson Thomas will close 2019 with their selections, while artists including Nathalie Stutzmann, Elim Chan and Antoine Tamestit reflect their themes in 2020.

‘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,’ comments LSO managing director Kathryn McDowell. ‘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.’

All radio programming, playlists and more can be found at