The Orchestra

Patron: The Anglican Bishop of Leeds

President: Craig Ogden

Vice-Presidents: David Baker, Bryan W. Collins, Julian Rushton, Graham Walker

Leeds Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1890, and we gave our first concert on 30th November 1891. We have had a continuous existence since then, making us one of the oldest established amateur orchestras in the United Kingdom.

For the first eighty years of the orchestra’s life, we had ten conductors, though four of these served only a year each during the First World War. Of these conductors, Harold Mason was in post for the longest, from 1920 – 1948.  Martin Binks, by far the longest-serving conductor in our history, held that role from 1970 until his death in December 2019. John Lyon was appointed conductor in 2020.

We now give regular performances in Headingley, Horsforth, Wetherby and Knaresborough.

For playing members of LSO, a basic standard of Grade VIII is required. If you would like to audition, please contact us – we are particularly looking for strings, French horns and trumpets.