Biography

London Philharmonic Orchestra

In 2007, the London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its seventy-fifth birthday, inaugurated Vladimir Jurowski as its new Principal Conductor and moved back into its splendidly restored Royal Festival Hall home. In 2008/09 the Orchestra welcomed Yannick Nézet-Séguin as its Principal Guest conductor.

‘There have been times when London has looked like a cradle for conductors…
Two of the brightest are here now at the London Philharmonic Orchestra: Vladimir Jurowski, its principal conductor, and the still younger Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who started this season as the orchestra’s new principal guest conductor. Choosing a pair of relatively untried names has been a high-risk strategy, but it shows every sign of paying off. Jurowski’s talent has quickly become clear and Nézet-Séguin has such a high level of engagements in next year’s diary that London must feel lucky to have caught him while it still could.’ Richard Fairman, Financial Times, February 2009

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is recognised as one of the world’s great orchestras, and following Sir Thomas Beecham’s founding tenure the ensemble’s Principal Conductorship has been passed from one celebrated musician to another. It is the only symphony orchestra in the UK to combine an annual subscription concert season with regular work in the opera house – resident at both the Royal Festival Hall and Glyndebourne Festival Opera (also performing regularly in the nearby south coast towns of Brighton and Eastbourne).

Touring forms a significant part of the Orchestra’s performing schedule, and it regularly appears in North America, Europe and the Far East, often headlining at major festivals and concert-hall openings. As a counterpoint to its travels, the Orchestra’s membership has itself benefited from increased migratory freedoms, today including outstandingly talented musicians of varying world nationalities from Brazilian to Hungarian.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has long been embraced by the recording, broadcasting and film industries. It enjoys strong relationships with major record labels and in 2005 began releasing live, studio and archive recordings on its own label CDs which are distributed worldwide. The Orchestra has broadcast regularly on domestic and international television and radio from both the concert hall and the opera house, and has worked extensively with both Hollywood and the UK film industries, recording soundtracks for blockbuster motion pictures including the Oscar-winning score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and scores for Lawrence of Arabia, The Mission, East is East and In the Name of the Father.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s international reputation is matched by a steadfast and unflinching commitment to the communities of its local London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. The Orchestra reaches thousands through its varied and extensive programme of education work, both community and school-based, which includes the acclaimed offshoot ensembles Renga and the Band. Education activities also nurture budding excellence, and in 2005 the Orchestra launched its apprenticeship scheme for young instrumentalists, Future Firsts, who benefit from a year of mentoring and performance opportunities.

Visit us at www.lpo.org.uk to find out what’s coming up on the concert platform in London and on tour, plus the latest recordings.

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