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.

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 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

Next concert

Haydn  The Creation
Saturday 2 March 2024
7.30 pm,  Royal Festival Hall

Edward Gardner  conductor
Louise Alder  soprano
Allan Clayton  tenor
Michael Mofidian  bass-baritone

London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Choir

Haydn  The Creation

Sung in English.

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