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.

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 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

Next concert


James MacMillan  Christmas Oratorio
Saturday 4 December 2021
7.30 pm,  Royal Festival Hall*

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.

Sat 4 Dec, Royal Festival Hall – more info

Sun 5 Dec, Saffron Hall – more info