The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is a British Orchestra and a one of five permanent symphony orchestras based in London[clarification needed]. It was founded by the conductors Sir Thomas Beecham and Malcolm Sargent in 1932 as a rival to the existing London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.
The founders' ambition was to build an orchestra the equal of any European or American rival. Between 1932 and the Second World War the LPO was widely judged to have succeeded in this regard. After the outbreak of war, the orchestra's private backers withdrew and the players reconstituted the LPO as a self-governing cooperative. In the post-war years, the orchestra faced challenges from two new rivals; the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic, founded respectively in 1946 and 1947, achieved a quality of playing not matched by the older orchestras, including the LPO.
By the 1960s the LPO had regained its earlier standards, and in 1964 it secured a valuable engagement to play in the Glyndebourne Festival opera house during the summer months. In 1993 it was appointed resident orchestra of the Royal Festival Hall on the south bank of the Thames, one of London's major concert venues. Since 1995 the residency has been jointly held with the Philharmonia. In addition to its work at the Festival Hall and Glyndebourne, the LPO performs regularly at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne and the Brighton Dome, and tours nationally and internationally.
- Finding fun in the most impossible challengeshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06p98y6.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06p98y6.jpg2018-10-19T10:41:00.000ZViolinist Francesca Dego on how to tackle Paganini, with inspiration from her teacher.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p06p97f0
Finding fun in the most impossible challenges
- Britten: Billy Budd - Preview Cliphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-12-28T17:09:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Britten's Billy Budd.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01p1j69
Britten: Billy Budd - Preview Clip
Past BBC Events
Proms 2019: Prom 41: Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Lyadov & Glazunov
Proms 2018: Prom 64: Verdi Requiem
Proms 2018: Prom 5: Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande
Proms 2017: Prom 71: Stravinsky, Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich
BBC Singers 2016-17 Season: Ravi Shankar's opera: Sukanya
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Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade Extract (Prom 48)
Galloping Home, by Denis King
Gareth Davies: how to make a melody soar
Schoenberg: Seht, die Sonne from 'Gurrelieder' (excerpt) (2017)
Saint‐Saëns: Symphony No 3 in C minor, 'Organ' – excerpt (2017)
Britten: Les illuminations - Preview Clip
Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra - Preview Clip
Tippett: The Mask of Time – Fanfare No. 5 - Preview Clip
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe – Suite No. 2 - Preview Clip
Debussy: La mer - Preview Clip