About Us

Our Vision

“Our mission at LCO is to change the way that you experience classical concerts. Working with inspirational international performers, we aim to break down the barriers between orchestra and audience so that we can all share the thrill of live music. Our programming combines the well-loved with the less familiar, so there’s always something new to discover, whether this is your first concert or your 1,000th.”

Our Heritage

You can learn a lot in almost 100 years. The London Chamber Orchestra (LCO) combines the skills of some of London’s most exceptional musicians with a rich history at the heart of 20th century classical music.

Having been founded in 1921, we’re the UK’s oldest professional chamber orchestra. We’ve premiered works by a Who’s Who of 20th-century composers, including Stravinsky, Bloch, Vaughan Williams, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Poulenc and Villa Lobos. And that continues today, with premieres by figures such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, James MacMillan and Graham Fitkin.

“Everyone on stage seems to be having a whale of a time and this feeds into a performance in which the music sounds new-minted.” The Guardian

And it’s not just about our London season at Cadogan Hall – we also tour globally, record with major labels and our own LCO Live imprint, and run a large-scale community project, Music Junction. We’re lucky enough to enjoys the Patronage of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, and we performed at the royal wedding in 2011 to about two billion people worldwide. And all that without receiving any public subsidy during our entire history.

Our People

Patron Her Royal Highness 
The Duchess of Cornwall

President of the Patron’s Circle The Countess of Chichester

Chairman, London Chamber Orchestra Trust Mark Redman

Christopher Warren-Green

Christopher Warren-Green
Music Director & Principal Conductor

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy
LCO President

Rosemary Warren-Green

Rosemary Warren-Green
Education and Outreach Artistic Director

Oliver Zeffman

Oliver Zeffman
Associate Conductor


Mark Redman (Chairman)

Pamela Conger

Mary Deissler

Professor Keith Mander

Tom Mercer

Richard Oblath

Rev John Wates OBE Hon FRAM

Development Committee

Saul Haydon Rowe

Professor Keith Mander (chair)

Maria Orti

Nina Plowman

Luciana Soriano

Michael Timinis


Richard Brooks

Richard Gubbins

Jane Jamieson

Peter Jamieson

Peter Johnson

Philip Ogden

Sam Palmer

Richard Price MBE

Philip Stephens


LCO Staff

General Manager Step Parikian

Music Junction Consultant Ian Pressland

Marketing and Development Manager Charles Lewis

Music Junction Administrator Emi Husband

Development Manager Francesca McGeorge


Hire LCO

Private and Public Engagements

The London Chamber Orchestra gives both public and private performances in the UK and internationally. Private engagements can include intimate concerts for individuals and large-scale corporate events.

LCO offers clients the opportunity to:

  • Work with LCO management to tailor all aspects of the event including: repertoire, soloists, venues, receptions, filming, recordings, dress, dates and timings.
  • Enjoy the company of LCO conductor, soloists and musicians at post-concert receptions.
  • Offer guests branded recordings of performances.

Please get in touch with LCO General Manager Step Parikian if you would like to discuss engaging the orchestra for your private or public event.

020 3397 1298