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 2022 and 2023 include

Berlioz  La damnation de Faust  Edward Gardner
Lili Boulanger  Psalm 129  Edward Gardner
Brahms  A German Requiem  Edward Gardner
Brahms  Schicksalslied  Oliver Gooch
Danny Elfman  Alice in Wonderland Suite  Ludwig Wicki
Danny Elfman  Batman Suite  Ludwig Wicki
Elgar  The Dream of Gerontius  Edward Gardner
Janáček  Glagolitic Mass  Edward Gardner
Elena Langer  The Dong with a Luminous Nose  Andrey Boreyko
Mozart  Requiem  Ádám Fischer
Schoenberg  Gurrelieder  Edward Gardner
Howard Shore  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  Ludwig Wicki
Tan Dun  Buddha Passion  Tan Dun
Tippett  A Child of Our Time  Edward Gardner

Next concert

Elgar  The Dream of Gerontius
Wednesday 31 August 2022
7.30 pm,  Royal Albert Hall
Prom 59

Edward Gardner  conductor
Jamie Barton  mezzo-soprano
Allan Clayton  tenor
James Platt  bass

London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Choir
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Elgar  The Dream of Gerontius

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