London Chamber Orchestra

London Chamber Orchestra is the longest established professional chamber orchestra in the UK, founded in 1921 by Anthony Bernard, and premièring at the London home of Viscountess Nancy Astor. On 29th April 2011 LCO played for the wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey. Recognition for the orchestra has also included invitations to perform at Buckingham Palace from HRH The Prince of Wales and for HM The Queen at Kew Palace and recently at Clarence House for LCO’s Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

LCO is one of the few professional orchestras in the UK which does not seek or receive public subsidy. This independence helps foster the unique personality and character which infuse LCO performances. The orchestra’s existence relies on the enthusiasm of its audiences and on the support of a long line of distinguished and enlightened corporate and individual sponsors and donors.

Key to LCO’s success is building partnerships not just with its generous supporters but also with community groups and charities. These relationships are nurtured through LCO’s performances and pioneering education work, LCO and Barnardo’s Music Junction.

A long-standing willingness to embrace the new has given LCO more than 100 UK premières, including works from Mozart to Graham Fitkin. LCO premièred Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Golden Rule, written to mark HM The Queen’s 80th birthday. Through its LCO New: Explore schemes LCO has encouraged student composers to investigate the links between composition and other art forms. In 2010 LCO was awarded a PRS New Music 20×12 commission as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, where Composer Graham Fitkin will work with LCO and poet Glyn Maxwell to produce ‘Track to Track’, inspired by the Olympic Javelin Train journey.

LCO stands out from the crowd not just through its highly popular season of dynamic concerts in London, but increasingly around the UK and the world with sell-out concerts in La Scala, Milan and Vienna’s Musikverein, as well as critically acclaimed tours to the USA, Far East and Europe.

Above all, you can see what’s different about LCO in the faces of its musicians – every one of whom has been selected from the finest professional musicians the UK has to offer – faces which radiate the passion, enthusiasm, commitment, vigour, intensity, exuberance, freshness, inspiration and sheer sense of enjoyment that pervade LCO’s performances and its recordings on the LCO Live label in partnership with Signum Classics.

It is the absolute passion, energy and enthusiasm of every one of its members led by LCO Principal Conductor and Music Director Christopher Warren-Green that marks LCO out as an orchestra worth hearing and seeing.

  • The London Chamber Orchestra, the UK’s oldest chamber orchestra, has nurtured the new and paid homage to the traditional since 1921. Since 1988 Principal Conductor and Music Director Christopher Warren-Green has brought together the inspirational musicians and repertoire for which LCO is renowned. The remarkable acoustic and intimate ambience of St. John’s, Smith Square, its London home, enable the LCO - the only chamber orchestra resident in London - to give vibrant performances and establish a close rapport with its audiences. The recordings on the LCO Live label, in partnership with Signum Classics, are the result of this happy marriage of orchestra and venue. Future releases include Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s ‘Ah Perfido!’
     
  • The London Chamber Orchestra, the UK’s oldest chamber orchestra, has nurtured the new and paid homage to the traditional since 1921. Since 1988 Principal Conductor and Music Director Christopher Warren-Green has brought together the inspirational musicians and repertoire for which LCO is renowned. The remarkable acoustic and intimate ambience of St. John’s, Smith Square, its London home, enable the LCO - the only chamber orchestra resident in London - to give vibrant performances and establish a close rapport with its audiences. The recordings on the LCO Live label, in partnership with Signum Classics, are the result of this happy marriage of orchestra and venue. Future releases include Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4.

    The concerts of Warren-Green and the London Chamber Orchestra at St John’s, Smith Square aren’t often noticed in the press, but their large regular audience knows that they are some of the most exciting in London - The Times

    Tan’s engaging way with Mozart’s Concerto No. 12 intersects nicely with the orchestra’s freshly minted accompaniment. Rosemary Furniss’s direction of Haydn’s ‘La Reine’ Symphony captures the music’s grandeur as well as its grace. And the subversive originality and rhythmic drive of Beethoven’s wackiest symphony come roaring happily across - Classic FM Magazine

  • This release by the London Chamber Orchestra marks the start of the build up to the orchestras 100th anniversary year. Featuring three sublime recordings of pieces for strings, this is a nod to the fact that the orchestra truly are one of the best in the country. When you go to an LCO concert, you do not just go to listen to a concert, you go to experience a performance. This live recording from Cadogan Hall, in June of 2019 is no exception. Christopher Warren-Green and the orchestra capture the quintessential ‘Englishness’ of Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis perfectly. They then explore the emotional Serenade for Strings of both Josef Suk and Antonín Dvořák, examining the similarities between the pieces.
  • Mark van de Wiel joins the Philharmonia Orchestra under Christopher Warren-Green in the premiere recording of Joseph Phibbs’ Clarinet Concerto, praised by The Sunday Times following its UK debut as a work “that will surely be performed all over the world ”. Following a long friendship between composer and soloist, Phibbs and van de Wiel collaborated to create this stunning and virtuosic new work for the clarinet and orchestra, which features a thrilling cadenza at the end of the first movement. It is paired with a scintillating live concert-recording of Mozart’s timeless Concerto for Basset Clarinet in A Major, K. 622, performed with the London Chamber Orchestra.
  • The LCO return to disc on Signum with a new programme of French orchestral works by Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc and Ibert. Their ‘LCO Live’ series captures the vibrant, exciting performances they give at their London home of St. John’s, Smith Square.

    Here's a recording guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Enthusiastic and fun, yet with touching, tender moments and a clever awareness of the music's irony, the London Chamber Orchestra delivers a witty, exuberant collection - Classic FM Magazine

    Spry, clipped music-making, and a lovely French programme, capped by Roge's ebullient account of Poulenc's mercurial, flamboyant Piano Concerto - BBC Music Magazine

  • The London Chamber Orchestra, the UK’s oldest chamber orchestra, has nurtured the new and paid homage to the traditional since 1921. Since 1988 Principal Conductor and Music Director Christopher Warren-Green has brought together the inspirational musicians and repertoire for which LCO is renowned. The remarkable acoustic and intimate ambience of St. John’s, Smith Square, its London home, enable the LCO - the only chamber orchestra resident in London - to give vibrant performances and establish a close rapport with its audiences. The recordings on the LCO Live label, in partnership with Signum Classics, are the result of this happy marriage of orchestra and venue.
    Susan Gritton's delivery of the three arias has an exquisite balance of grace and intensity befitting their spurned heroines - The Independent