6 episodes

As part of our anniversary celebration, we have gathered a number of past and present choir members to tell their stories about the London Philharmonic Choir. Why did they choose to join the LPC? What was the audition like? Did ladies really wear hats to rehearsals? What's it like rehearsing and performing under the world's top conductors? And what really goes on during those foreign tours, of which the LPC has had so many in recent years?

Get to know us by listening to our six podcasts especially produced for our 60th Anniversary season.

"Hallelujah!": Reflections on life in the London Philharmonic Choir – Past, Present and Future. Presented by Daniel Snowman London Philharmonic Choir

    • Performing Arts

As part of our anniversary celebration, we have gathered a number of past and present choir members to tell their stories about the London Philharmonic Choir. Why did they choose to join the LPC? What was the audition like? Did ladies really wear hats to rehearsals? What's it like rehearsing and performing under the world's top conductors? And what really goes on during those foreign tours, of which the LPC has had so many in recent years?

Get to know us by listening to our six podcasts especially produced for our 60th Anniversary season.

    6 – Where We've Been – and Where We're Going

    6 – Where We've Been – and Where We're Going

    Join the LPC and see the world. Here's a 'Hallelujah' to the next 60 Years!

    Handel Messiah – Hallelujah Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, conducted by John Alldis. With kind permission from Irving Martin.
    © Sparrow / Irving Martin

    Elgar Dream of Gerontius, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra conducted by Adrian Boult. With kind permission from EMI Music
    © EMI

    Beethoven Missa Solemnis, London Philharmonic Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Gilbert Levine.
    © Arthaus Musik GmbH

    • 9 min
    5 – Some Choice Unforgettabilities

    5 – Some Choice Unforgettabilities

    Times, places and events that none who were there will ever forget.

    Handel Messiah – Hallelujah Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, conducted by John Alldis. With kind permission from Irving Martin.
    © Sparrow / Irving Martin

    Mahler Symphony No 5, Adagietto, London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Klaus Tennstedt. With kind permission from EMI Music
    © EMI

    Beethoven Symphony No 9, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink. With kind permission from Universal Music.
    © Universal Music

    Mahler Symphony No 2, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra conducted by Klaus Tennstedt. With kind permission from EMI Music
    © EMI

    • 12 min
    4 – How Does the Choir Work?

    4 – How Does the Choir Work?

    What the backroom boys and girls in the LPC have to do to get the show on the road.

    Handel Messiah – Hallelujah Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, conducted by John Alldis. With kind permission from Irving Martin.
    © Sparrow / Irving Martin

    Elgar Dream of Gerontius, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra conducted by Adrian Boult. With kind permission from EMI Music
    © EMI

    Vaughan Williams A Cotswold Romance, London Philharmonic Choir, London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox. With kind permission from Chandos (CHAN 9646)
    © Chandos

    Parry Jerusalem, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra conducted by Roger Norrington. With kind permission from Universal Music.
    © Universal Music

    • 14 min
    3 – Memorable Maestri

    3 – Memorable Maestri

    What has it been like singing under great conductors such as Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti and Kurt Masur?

    Handel Messiah – Hallelujah Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, conducted by John Alldis. With kind permission from Irving Martin.
    © Sparrow / Irving Martin

    Mahler Symphony No 8, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra conducted by Klaus Tennstedt. With kind permission from EMI Music
    © EMI

    Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink. With kind permission from EMI Music
    © EMI

    Britten War Requiem, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra conducted by Kurt Masur. With kind permission from the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO - 0010) and Boosey & Hawkes.
    © London Philharmonic Orchestra

    • 13 min
    2 – Why stay?

    2 – Why stay?

    Many reasons: a rehearsal evening can revive flagging spirits, especially under a good Chorus Master. And there might be more personal reasons for staying, too...

    Handel Messiah – Hallelujah Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, conducted by John Alldis. With kind permission from Irving Martin.
    © Sparrow / Irving Martin

    Anderson Four American Choruses – I'm a pilgrim, London Philharmonic Choir conducted by Neville Creed. With kind permission from Faber Music.
    © London Philharmonic Choir

    • 9 min
    1 – Why join?

    1 – Why join?

    Members of the London Philharmonic Choir recall when, why and how they joined the LPC. Auditions and after.

    Handel Messiah – Hallelujah Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, conducted by John Alldis. With kind permission from Irving Martin.
    © Sparrow / Irving Martin

    Verdi Requiem – Dies irae, London Philharmonic Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Païta. With kind permission from Carlos Païta (Lodia LO-CD 772-3).
    © Carlos Païta

    • 7 min

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