London Philharmonic Orchestra
The London Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world's finest symphony orchestras, balancing a long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK's most adventurous and forward-looking orchestras.
As well as giving classical concerts and opera performances in the UK and internationally, we also record film and video game soundtracks, have our own record label, and reach thousands of people every year through activities for schools and our local communities.
The Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932, and since then has been headed by many of the great names in the conducting world, including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. The Orchestra's current Principal Conductor is Vladimir Jurowski, appointed in 2007, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin is Principal Guest Conductor. Julian Anderson is the Orchestra's current Composer in Residence.
'The LPO were in tremendous form, right across the stage ... Truly an evening to remember!'Gramophone, Oct 2012
Where we perform
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall in London since it opened in 1951, becoming Resident Orchestra there in 1992. We also have flourishing residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne, and in summer we play for Glyndebourne Festival Opera where we have been Resident Symphony Orchestra since 1964. Touring abroad forms a major part of the Orchestra's schedule: during the the 2012/13 season we visited Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, the USA and Austria, and tours in 2013/14 include visits to the USA, Russia, Romania, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, France and Spain.
'The LPO's playing throughout was exceptional in its warmth, finesse and detail'The Guardian, Jan 2013
Recordings and film
Having long been embraced by the recording, broadcast and film industries, the London Philharmonic Orchestra broadcasts regularly on TV and radio. We also work with the Hollywood and UK film industries, recording soundtracks for blockbusters including the Oscar-winning score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. In 2005 we established our own record label, which now numbers over 70 releases.
In summer 2012 the LPO performed as part of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames, and was also chosen to record all the world's national anthems for the London 2012 Olympics.
'Intellectually and emotionally speaking this was a classic of its kind ... the accomplishment of its execution was as exemplary as it was gripping ... What an extraordinary concert.'The Arts Desk, Apr 2013
The London Philharmonic Orchestra maintains an energetic programme of activities for young people and local communities including our FUNharmonics family concerts and the BrightSparks schools' concerts. Over recent years, developments in technology and social networks have made it possible for us to reach even more people worldwide: all our recordings are available to download from iTunes and, as well as a YouTube channel and regular podcasts, we have a lively presence on Facebook and Twitter.
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