London Philharmonic Orchestra
One of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham. Subsequent principal conductors have included Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. In 2007 Vladimir Jurowski became the orchestra’s current principal conductor.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming resident orchestra in 1992. Each summer it plays for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where it has been resident symphony orchestra for over 50 years. It also performs regularly around the UK and frequently tours abroad.
The orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and has recorded soundtracks for numerous films including The Lord of the Rings. In summer 2012 the orchestra was chosen to record all the world’s national anthems for the London 2012 Olympics. In 2005 it began releasing live, studio and archive recordings on its own CD label.
For more information, visit lpo.org.uk.