The London Symphony Chorus was formed in 1966 to complement the work of the London Symphony Orchestra and marked its 50th anniversary in 2016.
The partnership between the LSC and LSO 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 also partners with other major orchestras and has performed 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.'
Much of the LSC repertoire has been captured in its large catalogue of recordings featuring renowned conductors and soloists, which have won nine awards, including five 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 with Sir Antonio Pappano, won a prestigious South Bank Sky Arts award.
Recent LSC performances with the LSO at the Barbican, including Ives' New England Holidays symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, Candide with Marin Alsop and The Cunning Little Vixen conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Other highlights include Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Sir Mark Elder; and a new opera commission by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, The Hogboon. (Photos: Mark Allen, Kevin Leighton)
'Each rehearsal with Simon is like a Masterclass!'
Joining the London Symphony Chorus
- Work with world-renowned conductors and directors, including LSO Choral Director Simon Halsey
- Sing with one of the world’s greatest orchestras
- Perform music you wouldn’t get to sing in an ordinary choir
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.