London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra (often abbreviated to LPO ) is located in London and one of the leading orchestras in the United Kingdom. The parent Concert Hall is the Royal Festival Hall.

The orchestra was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham and played on 7 October of the same year his first concert. As early as 1932 it was also self-governing, that is, Members of the orchestra decide on organizational matters.


Among the later principal conductor of the orchestra include Eduard van Beinum ( 1947-50 ), Adrian Boult ( 1951-57 ), William Steinberg ( 1958-60 ), John Pritchard ( 1957-67 ), Bernard Haitink ( 1967-79 ), Georg Solti ( 1979-83 ), Klaus Tennstedt ( 1983-87 ) and Franz Welser- Möst ( 1990-96 ). In 2000, Kurt Masur took over this function. Since 2007 Vladimir Jurowski has been chief conductor of the LPO.

Film and popular music

In addition to numerous concerts with classical music, The LPO also took the soundtracks for various movies, so for Lawrence of Arabia, Philadelphia, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship; continue to the soundtrack of the video game Xenosaga. Occasionally, the orchestra can be heard in recordings with popular music, such as on Chick Corea Corea Concerto album or on Once and Dark Passion Play by Nightwish. In the mid-1990s the LPO brought out even the English rock band Led Zeppelin dedicated album containing cover versions, including a rendition of Kashmir. In 2002, the orchestra played a the soundtrack for the PS2 game The Getaway. In 2003, the LPO has also been the development of theme song of the video game Tomb Raider - The Angel of Darkness used.

Other orchestras based in London are the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.