On the eve of the second of three concerts at the Barbican the LSO is delighted to announce that Barbara Hannigan is appointed LSO Associate Artist for a period of three years.

Associate Artist is a new role created by the LSO to sit alongside the LSO’s family of conductors. Associate Artists are musicians with distinct influences, quality and style that add diversity and richness to the LSO, creating their own programmes in collaboration with the Orchestra and contributing to the repertoire choices for other programmes throughout the Season.

Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra said:

“Barbara Hannigan is a unique artist in her ability to combine conducting and singing, she is supremely gifted in both disciplines, and at the peak of her powers. Already in her performances with LSO over the last few years, she has introduced players and audiences to new works that lend themselves to her special talents. This exciting exploration of new repertoire is precisely what the LSO thrives on and the time is right to take this next step in our relationship with her. During her time as an LSO Associate Artist, Barbara will continue to create entertaining and stimulating concert programmes challenging how orchestral music is presented and played. The LSO also shares Barbara’s passion for supporting young artists and providing them with new opportunities.”

Barbara Hannigan comments, “I am thrilled to accept this appointment, developing and performing beautiful and fascinating programmes with my colleagues at the LSO. This collaboration gives me a lot of energy and inspiration.”

Barbara Hannigan will be resident for a number of LSO concerts in the Barbican during each year and undertake some international work including a European tour in March 2023. Audiences in London, online and on tour will be able to watch and hear how the collaboration develops and grows.