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London Philharmonic Orchestra

One of the world’s finest symphony orchestras.

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. In 2007 Vladimir Jurowski became the Orchestra’s current Principal Conductor. Edward Gardner is currently Principal Conductor Designate, and will succeed Jurowski as Principal from September 2021. Karina Canellakis became Principal Guest Conductor in September 2020. The Orchestra’s current Composer-in-Residence is Brett Dean.


‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra is looking the most adventurous of London’s orchestras.’ — Financial Times
A race against time for the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Image credits: Header image of the LPO, photo by Benjamin-Ealovega

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