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 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 2021 and 2022 include
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 Neville Creed
Lili Boulanger Psalm 129 Edward Gardner
Brahms A German Requiem Edward Gardner
Tan Dun Buddha Passion Tan Dun
James MacMillan Christmas Oratorio Sir Mark Elder
Tippett The Midsummer Marriage Edward Gardner
Sunday 5 December 2021
3.00 pm, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano
Roderick Williams baritone
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Choir
James MacMillan Christmas Oratorio (UK première*)
Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with the generous support of The Boltini Trust, NTR Zaterdagmatinee, Radio 4’s concert series in The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic Orchestra.