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 2020 and 2021 include

John Adams  Harmonium  Edward Gardner*
Beethoven  Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II  Vladimir Jurowski*
Beethoven  Choral Fantasy  Daniele Rustioni*
Beethoven  Symphony No. 9  Neville Creed*
Beethoven  Symphony No. 9  Daniele Rustioni*
Busoni  Piano Concerto  Sir Antonio Pappano*
Jonathan Dove  Vadam et circuibo civitatem  Thomas Søndergård
Enescu  Symphony No. 3  Vladimir Jurowski*
Fauré  Requiem  Bertrand de Billy
Sofia Gubaidulina  Über Liebe und Hass  Edward Gardner
Handel  Zadok the Priest  Daniele Rustioni*
Janáček  Glagolitic Mass  Edward Gardner*
James MacMillan  Christmas Oratorio  Vladimir Jurowski*
Mahler  Symphony No. 2  Klaus Mäkelä
Poulenc  Seven Tenebrae Responses  Bertrand de Billy
Szymanowski  Symphony No. 3  Thomas Søndergård*
Wagner  Götterdämmerung  Vladimir Jurowski*

* These concerts have been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
† Streamed concert

Next concert


Jonathan Dove  Vadam et circuibo civitatem
Saturday 5 December 2020
8.00 pm,  Marquee TV
Streamed concert

Thomas Søndergård  conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk  piano

London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Choir

Ravel  Le tombeau de Couperin
Schubert  Symphony No. 6
Jonathan Dove  Vadam et circuibo civitatem (a cappella)
Prokofiev  Piano Concerto No. 3

This concert will be filmed live at the Royal Festival Hall by Silent Studios and will be broadcast online by the LPO’s streaming partner Marquee TV. The concert will premiere at 8pm on Saturday 5 December and will be available for you to enjoy at home free of charge for an initial 7-day period.

More info