The choir was formed in 1966 to complement the work of the London Symphony Orchestra. This ongoing partnership was developed and further strengthened in 2012 by the appointment of Simon Halsey as Chorus Director of the LSC as well as Choral Director of the LSO.
The 2013-2014 season saw us perform works by Beethoven, Berlioz, Haydn, Mahler, Maxwell Davies, Rachmaninov, Tallis, and Scriabin and the choir was invited to participate in a moving First World War commemoration event at St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, broadcast live on BBC television.
During the 2014-2015 season the choir has taken part in the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s Equal Voices with the LSO which was co-commissioned by the LSO and Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda, has recorded Rachmaninov’s Vespers for LSO live under Simon Halsey, has performed Schumann’s Das Paradies und Die Peri with the LSO under Sir Simon Rattle in London and Luxembourg to high critical acclaim, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Berlin Philharmoniker, again under Sir Simon Rattle and looks forward to working with a number of eminent conductors including Bernard Haitink, Donald Runnicles, Daniel Harding, Juanjo Mena and Edward Gardner in works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy and Durufle.
Our 2015-2016 season, which sees the choir celebrate its 50th anniversary, promises to be equally challenging, exciting and enjoyable.