The National Symphony Orchestra is one of the longest-established and most versatile professional freelance orchestras working in Britain today. It has an impressive, recorded legacy as well as a busy diary of live concert performances. The NSO is admired for both its versatility, its ability to communicate, connecting with audiences with consistent commitment and passion. The orchestra has found renewed energy and direction under its managing director, Justin Pearson.
During the challenges of the 2020 pandemic, NSO was the first orchestra to return to Air Lyndhurst studios, recording Debbie Wiseman’s score for the film To Olivia and reaching number one in the classical charts with the composer’s album for Classic FM, Kings and Queens, with narrators Dame Helen Mirren and Damian Lewis.
Though based in London, the NSO performs throughout the United Kingdom. The orchestra prides itself on the huge audiences that regularly support its concerts. It has performed opera evenings with artistes such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Lesley Garrett. With Principal Associate Conductor Rimma Sushanskaya, the orchestra recorded discs of Mozart concerti and symphonies, Beethoven 5th Symphony and the Romances for violin (Mathilda Milwidsky), released on the Guild label.
The orchestra was chosen to record the scores for Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday celebrations and to perform for Her Majesty’s 95th Platinum Jubilee in 2022 at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
NSO was proud to play at the ceremony marking the handover to the nation of the new DNRC Rehabilitation Centre in Loughborough in the presence of Prince