Sir Colin Davis
Colin Davis first conducted the LSO in 1959 and became the Orchestra's Principal Conductor in 1995. He was the longest serving Principal Conductor in the LSO’s history and his musicianship and his humanity were cherished by musicians and audiences alike.
Sir Colin’s role in British musical life was immense. Alongside his commitment to the LSO, he forged special relationships with the Royal Opera House, the BBCSO, and the English Chamber Orchestra, as well as mentoring many young performers and conductors at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School. He was internationally renowned for his interpretations of Mozart, Sibelius and Berlioz, and music lovers across the world have been inspired by his performances and recordings.