Expect the Unexpected

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After a year of unpredictability, the LPO invites you to Expect the Unexpected for the LPO Gala 2021. As such, please take note of the event's NEW DATE - Wednesday 14 July 2021!

The Gala is an incomparable opportunity to bring together friends and supporters of the LPO - longstanding and new - to celebrate the Orchestra's achievements of the last year and to look forward to a brighter future. Never has this felt more pertinent than as we emerge from this challenging time.

Following the release of the Government 'roadmap', the Gala has been postponed to Wednesday 14 July to give us the best possible opportunity of going ahead safely with a fantastic and celebratory in-person event including exclusive performances by the LPO and special guest artists, as well as a sumptuous supper and our fantastic silent auction, all in the stunning setting of Whitehall's Banqueting House.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us for this wonderful event which will raise much-needed funds for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

To find out more about the LPO Gala contact the LPO Events Team
020 7840 4207 or
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In a change to our planned celebration at the stunning Banqueting House, 1 June 2020 saw LPO supporters, musicians and staff come together for the very first LPO virtual gala event, the Gala in your Parlour!

Donning their most elegant 'Front Room Finery', 200 guests on over 160 devices came together via Zoom from their homes all around the world to enjoy exclusive performances, insight from our titled conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Edward Gardner and Karina Canellakis, and a fantastic silent auction, all hosted by the inimitable Simon Callow live from his living room.

The spectacular performances included the LPO brought together in a virtual performance of the joyful Scherzo and Trio from Beethoven's 3rd Symphony, conducted by Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Vladimir Jurowski. The evening also saw soprano Lise Davidsen's rendition of Strauss Zueignung, LPO Principal Cello Kristina Blaumane playing Andante from Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in G Minor with pianist Reinis Zariņš, and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's triumphant finale, Pernié Étude de concert.

Gala in your Parlour was also an opportunity to bid a fond farewell to outgoing Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Timothy Walker. The personalised Walker in the Garden cocktail provided a fantastic opportunity for everyone to toast to Tim's 17 years with the organisation and wish him well in his retirement. 

Despite the unusual circumstances, this first of its kind event was a great success and, with the help of technology, provided a very special occasion to celebrate the Orchestra and the wonder of orchestral music. We were thrilled to bring together so many of our supporters and the LPO family and thanks to the generosity of everyone involved the virtual Gala raised over £100,000 to support the LPO's Play On Appeal, which will help sustain the Orchestra now and into the future. We are extremely grateful to all those who joined the Gala and those who helped make it possible and in particular to all donors to the evening.  

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is grateful to our Events Committee for their support of the Gala in your Parlour event:
Catherine Høgel (Chair), Victoria Robey OBE, Natasha Tsukanova, Elizabeth Meshkvicheva