History

The LPO was founded in 1932, and has since enjoyed a key position in the UK's cultural landscape.

History of the LPO

Notable dates

7 October 1932
Sir Thomas Beecham conducts the newly formed London Philharmonic Orchestra on its first public appearance at the Queen's Hall.

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts

1932 footage of Sir Thomas Beecham introducing and conducting the LPO at Queen's Hall on 15 December 1932

20 November 1932
Sir Edward Elgar conducts his Violin Concerto with the young Yehudi Menuhin as soloist.

September 1939
The original company is put into liquidation and the players take control. Principal Horn, Charles Gregory, is elected first Chairman of the new company.

10 May 1941
The Orchestra takes part in the last concert given in London's Queen's Hall before it is destroyed in the Blitz.

3 May 1951
The Orchestra takes part in the first concert at the newly opened Royal Festival Hall.

25 September 1956
The London Philharmonic Orchestra touches down in the Soviet Union with Principal Conductor Sir Adrian Boult for a two-week tour, becoming the first ever British orchestra to appear in Soviet Russia.

21 May 1964
The Orchestra plays at Glyndebourne for the first time, appearing at the summer festival as the Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra before reverting to its own name the following year.

23 April 1970
The Orchestra performs for the first time in the USA, beginning a major tour of the country in New York with a concert at Carnegie Hall conducted by Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink.

3 March 1973
The LPO's 40th anniversary season is crowned by an invitation to become the first Western orchestra to visit China.

26 September 1977
One of the great orchestra-conductor relationships begins: Klaus Tennstedt conducts the Orchestra for the first time in a performance of Mahler's First Symphony at Royal Festival Hall.

21 March 1998
The Orchestra inaugurates its Roots Classical Fusions concerts, combining musical traditions from across the globe and inspiring the Orchestra's ongoing education and community programme.

21 April 2005
The Orchestra launches its own record label with four titles conducted by Principal Conductors Kurt Masur, Klaus Tennstedt and Bernard Haitink, and Principal Guest Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.

19 September 2007
Vladimir Jurowski's first concert as Principal Conductor as the Orchestra celebrates its 75th anniversary season.

15 April 2011
The Orchestra is selected to record the world's national anthems for the London 2012 Olympics.

3 June 2012
The Orchestra performs as part of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames.