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    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    London Philharmonic Orchestra, musicians playing the violin
    JAMES WICKS

    Recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage

    The London Philharmonic Orchestra is recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage.

    The orchestra was founded in 1932 and has been performing at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming a Resident Orchestra in 1992.

    Edward Gardner and Karina Canellakis conduct their first concerts as Principal Conductor and Principal Guest Conductor. 

    Gardner opens the season with Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage with a stellar cast including Sophie Bevan, Robert Murray and Susan Bickley. He also conducts Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto with Nicolas Altstaedt and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle

    Canellakis conducts Sibelius’ Symphony No.5, Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10, and music by Scriabin, John Adams and Gershwin, plus Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 with Stephen Hough.

    The LPO celebrates new music this autumn with the long-awaited world premiere of James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio

    They also perform the premiere of the new version of Brett Dean’s haunting Notturno inquieto, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski in his new role of Conductor Emeritus, alongside Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 with Leonidas Kavakos, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No.3.

    As ever, the LPO welcomes a stellar lineup of guest conductors, including Sir Mark Elder, Kazushi Ono, Marin Alsop and Klaus Mäkelä in his long-awaited London debut. 

    Soloists include Lucy Crowe, Jan Lisiecki, Cédric Tiberghien, Andreas Ottensamer, Roderick Williams and Christian Tetzlaff.

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