Recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham. Since then, its Principal Conductors have included Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. In 2017 Vladimir Jurowski celebrates his tenth anniversary as the orchestra’s Principal Conductor. From the 2020/21 season, Ed Gardner will take over as Principal Conductor from Vladimir Jurowski, who will become Conductor Emeritus for the orchestra.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming Resident Orchestra in 1992. It also has flourishing residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne and performs regularly around the UK. Each summer it plays for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where it has been Resident Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years. The orchestra also regularly tours abroad with highlights including visits to Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Greece, Switzerland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Italy, France and the USA.
In summer 2012 the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames and was also chosen to record all the world’s national anthems in the London 2012 Olympics.
The orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio. They have also recorded soundtracks for numerous blockbuster films including The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It has made many distinguished recordings over the last eight decades and in 2005 began releasing live, studio and archive recordings on its own CD label, which now numbers over 100 releases.
HarrisonParrott was delighted to bring the London Philharmonic Orchestra to Japan after more than a decade. The eight-concert tour also marked Valadimir Jurowski’s Japanese debut.
“The LPO musicians really surpassed themselves in playing of élan, subtlety and virtuosity.”