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.
"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 2019 and 2020 include
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
Toby Purser conductor
Pavel Kolesnikov piano
Marlena Devoe soprano
Angela Simkin mezzo-soprano
Mark Milhofer tenor
Felix Kemp baritone
London Philharmonic Choir
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven Symphony No. 9