London Symphony Chorus


The LSC complements the work of the LSO and also promotes its own concerts.

The London Symphony Chorus was formed in 1966 to complement the work of the London Symphony Orchestra and this year marks its 50th anniversary. The partnership between the LSC and LSO has continued to develop and was strengthened in 2012 with the appointment of Simon Halsey as joint Chorus Director of the LSC and Choral Director for the LSO. It now plays a major role in furthering the vision of the LSO Sing initiative.

The LSC has also partnered with many other major orchestras and has performed nationally and internationally with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Championing the musicians of tomorrow, it has also worked with both the NYOGB and the EUYO. The chorus has toured extensively throughout Europe and has also visited North America, Israel, Australia and South East Asia.

'Simon Halsey's energy and enthusiasm make me want to sing at my best and my concentration never waivers in his rehearsals. I look forward to every rehearsal that he takes.'
LSC member

Much of the LSC repertoire has been captured in its large catalogue of recordings featuring renowned conductors and soloists, which have won 9 awards, including 5 Grammys. Recent releases include Britten’s War Requiem with Gianandrea Noseda and Mahler’s Symphonies Nos 2, 3 and 8 with Valery Gergiev. The Seasons by Haydn, Belshazzar’s Feast by Walton, Otello by Verdi, and the world premiere of the St John Passion by James MacMillan were all under the baton of the late Sir Colin Davis. The recent recording of Wagner's Götterdämmerung with the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder won a Gramophone award, and the recording of Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts with the LSO conducted by Sir Colin Davis won an International Music Award in the Choral Works category. In June 2015 the recording of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Symphony No 10, commissioned by the LSO and recorded by the LSO and the LSC with Sir Antonio Pappano, won a prestigious South Bank Sky Arts award in the Classical category. 

Highlights from last season include Haydn’s The Seasons with Rattle; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Sir Mark Elder; and a new opera commission by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, The Hogboon.

In the 2016/17 season the LSC continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with performances of Verdi’s Requiem with Gianandrea Noseda in the Barbican and at the Lincoln Center in New York. Other highlights with the LSO will be a semi-staging of Ligeti’s Le grand macabre with Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars, John Adams’ El Niño conducted by the composer, Brahms’ Requiem with Fabio Luisi and Bruckner’s Te Deum with Bernard Haitink.

'Each rehearsal with Simon is like a Masterclass!'
LSC member

Join the London Symphony Chorus and you will enjoy the opportunity to:

  • Work with world-renowned Choral Director Simon Halsey and a range of other directors and conductors
  • Sing with one of the world’s greatest orchestras
  • Sing works you wouldn’t sing if you were in an ordinary choir

More information

The LSC is always interested in recruiting new members, welcoming applications from singers of all backgrounds. Interested singers are always welcome to attend rehearsals before arranging an audition. For further information, visit lsc.org.uk.

London Symphony Chorus on the Barbican stage