About the Choir

The London Philharmonic Choir was founded in 1947 as the chorus for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Working under conductors such as Boulez, Elder, Gatti, Haitink, Jurowski, Masur, Nézet-Séguin, Norrington, Rattle, Solti, Tennstedt and Welser-Möst, the Choir has always met with critical acclaim. Now widely regarded as one of the nation’s finest choirs, we perform regularly with the LPO and other world-class orchestras at major venues and festivals throughout the year.

From time to time we tour abroad – recently to Budapest, Paris, Lucerne, Rome, Athens, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Canary Islands, and further afield to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Perth. In January 2004 we were invited to sing in the Vatican’s Papal Concert of Reconciliation. We have also built up an impressive discography throughout our history and continue to participate in recordings for CD, radio and television.

Our standards are high, but it’s not all hard work – we’re a very friendly and relaxed choir, enjoying not only the singing but a bit of socialising too. You’ll find out more about what we do – including information about joining us – on the following pages.

Mark Elder rehearsing the Choir

"The orchestral playing was wonderfully vibrant, and the choral singing outstandingly secure and controlled throughout, the polyphony crystal clear over a wide dynamic range."

Beethoven  Missa Solemnis,  Elder

The Guardian

Concerts in 2017 and 2018 include

Bach  Christmas Oratorio  Vladimir Jurowski
Beethoven  Symphony No. 9  Andrew Nethsingha
Beethoven  Symphony No. 9  Kazushi Ono
Bernstein  Chichester Psalms  Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Fauré  Requiem  Oliver Gooch
Haydn  The Creation  Sir Roger Norrington
Mahler  Symphony No. 8  Vladimir Jurowski
Mozart  Requiem  Nathalie Stutzmann
Orff  Carmina Burana  Hilary Davan Wetton
Rossini  Stabat Mater  Carlos Miguel Prieto
Schoenberg  Gurrelieder  Sir Mark Elder
Stravinsky  Ave Maria  Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Stravinsky  Credo  Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Stravinsky  Pater Noster  Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Stravinsky  Perséphone  Thomas Adès
Stravinsky  Symphony of Psalms  Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Tallis  Spem in Alium  Neville Creed
Tallis  Spem in Alium  Vladimir Jurowski
Tippett  A Child of our Time  Edward Gardner
Pēteris Vasks  Dona nobis pacem  Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Next concert


Pēteris Vasks  Dona nobis pacem
Wednesday 25 October 2017
7.30 pm,  Royal Festival Hall

Andrés Orozco-Estrada  conductor
István Várdai  cello

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Lay Vicars of Westminster Abbey
London Philharmonic Choir

Shostakovich  Cello Concerto No. 1
Pēteris Vasks  Dona nobis pacem
Gregorian Chant  Dies Irae
Rachmaninoff  Symphonic Dances*

* In co-operation with the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation.

The Lay Vicars of Westminster Abbey appear by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster.

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