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. In July 2019 Edward Gardner was announced as the Orchestra's next Principal Conductor: he will take up the position when Jurowski's tenure comes to an end in September 2021.
'Ten years of Vladimir Jurowski in London have brought a non-stop journey of discovery. As the London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates his decade as music director, it can look back on a period of unrivalled adventure, taking audiences to places other orchestras never reach.'Financial Times, Nov 2017
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, Eastbourne and Saffron Walden, 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: highlights of the 2018/19 season included a major tour of Asia including South Korea, Taiwan and China, as well as performances in Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Switzerland and the USA.
'The London Philharmonic Orchestra is looking the most adventurous of London’s orchestras.'Financial Times, Mar 2015
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, and have been recording soundtracks for over half a century. Big headliners include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Maurice Jarre's Lawrence of Arabia, gems like East is East and most recently Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3.
In 2005 we established our own record label, which now numbers over 100 releases. Recent additions include Mahler's Symphony No. 4 conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 under the late Kurt Masur, and a film music disc under Dirk Brossé.
'Here was an orchestra in terrific form, rising to every challenge, playing with a finesse, exchange, discipline and dynamic sophistication that excited the familiar and clarified the unfamiliar.'Classical Source, May 2018
The London Philharmonic Orchestra runs 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 and, as well as a YouTube channel and podcast series, we have a lively presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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