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 2019 and 2020 include

John Luther Adams  In the Name of the Earth
Beethoven  Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II  Vladimir Jurowski
Beethoven  Symphony No. 9  Toby Purser
Berlioz  La damnation de Faust  Sir Mark Elder
Berlioz  Requiem  John Nelson
Brahms  Ein deutsches Requiem  Neville Creed
Busoni  Piano Concerto  Sir Antonio Pappano
Elgar  The Apostles  Sir Mark Elder
Fauré  Requiem  Bertrand de Billy
Haydn  The Seasons  Vladimir Jurowski
Holst  The Planets  Thomas Adès
Holst  The Planets  Christopher Warren-Green
Janáček  Glagolitic Mass  Edward Gardner
Mahler  Symphony No. 2  Vladimir Jurowski
Mozart  Requiem  Neville Creed
Orff  Carmina Burana  Andrew Nethsingha
Poulenc  Seven Tenebrae Responses  Bertrand de Billy
Verdi  Requiem  Edward Gardner
Walton  Belshazzar’s Feast  Marin Alsop

Next concert


Verdi  Requiem
Saturday 12 October 2019
7.30 pm,  Royal Festival Hall

Edward Gardner  conductor
Elza van den Heever  soprano
Ekaterina Gubanova  mezzo-soprano
Arsen Soghomonyan  tenor
Gábor Bretz  bass-baritone

London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Choir

Verdi  Requiem

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