Licensing LPO Label recordings

If you want to use an existing LPO recording in an advertisement or as the soundtrack to a film or video, you must gain permission first.

Licensing LPO recordings

Using recordings

There is copyright in the sound recording which belongs to the musicians or to the record company. Depending on what your plans are, there is likely to be a charge to use our recordings.

If the music is by a composer who is alive, or who died within the last 70 years, there is an additional copyright, which is that of the creator of the music. Permissions to use copyright music are usually managed by a publisher on behalf of the composer.

If you are interested in hiring the Orchestra to make a new recording, please read our information about recording sessions before contacting us.

Who owns the recording rights?

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has made many hundreds of recordings since 1932 for dozens of record companies. The record companies (for example EMI, Decca) own many of the rights in these recordings and need to be contacted directly.

We are unlikely to be able to help you if you want to use a recording which is released on a record label other than the London Philharmonic Orchestra Label.

Applying to use London Philharmonic Orchestra Label recordings

It helps us look into your request if you include the following information:

  • full name of track (composer, work title and movement title where possible)
  • the album (including LPO Label catalogue number)
  • a link to the track online (where possible)
  • the use you wish to make of the recording
  • where the music will be heard (eg online, film screening, TV) and in what territory
  • duration of licence required.

Please complete the online form or email your usage request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We aim to reply to all recording requests within ten working days of receipt.