London Symphony Chorus
President Emeritus: André Previn KBE
Vice Presidents: Claudio Abbado, Michael Tilson Thomas
Patron: Simon Russell Beale
Chorus Director: Simon Halsey
Chairman: Lydia Frankenburg
Deputy Chorus Director/Accompanist: Roger Sayer
The London Symphony Chorus was formed in 1966 to complement the work of the London Symphony Orchestra. The partnership between the LSC and LSO was developed and strengthened in 2012 with the joint appointment of Simon Halsey as Chorus Director of the LSC and Choral Director for the LSO.
The LSC has also partnered other major UK orchestras and internationally has worked with orchestras including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra. Along with regular appearances at the major London venues, the LSC tours extensively throughout Europe and has visited North America, Israel, Australia and South East Asia.
The Chorus has recorded extensively, with recent releases including Britten’s War Requiem with Gianandrea Noseda, Haydn’s The Seasons, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Verdi’s Otello, and the world premiere issue of James MacMillan’s St John Passion all under Sir Colin Davis. The Chorus also partnered the LSO on Gergiev’s recordings of Mahler’s Symphonies Nos 2, 3 and 8, while the men of the Chorus took part in the recent Gramophone award-winning recording of Götterdämmerung with the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder. The LSC has participated with the LSO in Grammy award winning recordings including Britten's Peter Grimes (under Richard Hickox), Berlioz's Les Troyens and Verid’s Falstaff both under Sir Colin Davis and Britten's Billy Budd conducted by Daniel Harding.
The Chorus has also commissioned new works from composers such as Sir John Tavener, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Michael Berkeley and Jonathan Dove, and took part in the world premiere of James MacMillan’s St John Passion with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis in 2008, and in the second London performance in February 2010.
This Season the Chorus has undertaken critically acclaimed performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem, Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and Berlioz Damnation de Faust. Plans for next season include Rigoletto (with the LSO under Noseda) and Berlioz Damnation de Faust and Romeo et Julliette (both with the LSO under Gergiev), Haydn’s The Creation, the world premier of Peter Maxwell Davies Tenth Symphony, the Beethoven Mass in C and a series of performances of an a capella programme including the Rachmaninov Vespers and Spem in Alium.
The London Symphony Chorus is always interested in recruiting new members, welcoming applications from singers of all backgrounds, subject to an audition. For further information, call Helen Lawford, Auditions Secretary, on 020 8504 0295 or visit www.lsc.org.uk.