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, Gardner, 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 travel abroad. Past tours have been to Le Touquet, 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.
"The orchestral playing was wonderfully vibrant, and the choral singing outstandingly secure and controlled throughout, the polyphony crystal clear over a wide dynamic range."
Concerts in 2023 and 2024 include
Amadeus Live Benjamin Pope
Christmas Classics Michael England
Berlioz La damnation de Faust Edward Gardner
Elgar The Apostles Sir Mark Elder
Haydn The Creation Edward Gardner
Holst The Planets Lee Reynolds
Janáček Glagolitic Mass Edward Gardner
Elena Langer The Dong with a Luminous Nose Andrey Boreyko
Ligeti Requiem Edward Gardner
Mahler Symphony No. 2 Edward Gardner
Mahler Symphony No. 3 Sir Mark Elder
Mozart Mass in C minor Edward Gardner
Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 Gianandrea Noseda
Tan Dun Buddha Passion Tan Dun
Wagner Götterdämmerung Vladimir Jurowski
Saturday 16 December 2023
3.00 pm & 7.30 pm, Royal Festival Hall
Michael England conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Choir