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 2024 and 2025 include

John Adams  On the Transmigration of Souls  Vladimir Jurowski
Beethoven  Symphony No. 9  Oliver Gooch
Beethoven  Symphony No. 9  Christopher Warren-Green
Busoni  Piano Concerto  Edward Gardner
Haydn  Missa in tempore belli  Vladimir Jurowski
Haydn  The Creation  Edward Gardner
Mahler  Symphony No. 8  Edward Gardner
Mozart  Mass in C minor  Edward Gardner
Mozart  Requiem  Lee Reynolds
Rachmaninoff  The Bells  Edward Gardner
Schoenberg  A Survivor from Warsaw  Andrey Boreyko
Shostakovich  Symphony No. 13  Andrey Boreyko
Wagner  Götterdämmerung  Vladimir Jurowski

Next concert

Mozart  Requiem
Saturday 6 July 2024
7.30 pm,  Royal Festival Hall

Lee Reynolds  conductor
Daniel Lebhardt  piano
Rhian Lois  soprano
Idunnu Münch  mezzo-soprano
Anthony Gregory  tenor
Edward Grint  baritone

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Choir

Mozart  Overture, The Magic Flute
Mozart  Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467
Mozart  Requiem

More info