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

The London Chamber Orchestra (LCO), one of the world’s finest ensembles, combines the charismatic leadership of Principal Conductor Christopher Warren-Green with the skills of London’s most exceptional musicians.

Having been founded in 1921, it is the UK’s oldest professional chamber orchestra. In that time it has established an enviable reputation as an innovative and adventurous ensemble. It has premiered works by a veritable Who’s Who of 20th-century composers, including Stravinsky, Bloch, Vaughan Williams, Respighi, Delius, de Falla, Finzi, 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, as well as a host of young composers. In 2012, LCO premiered Track to Trackcommissioned by The LCO Trust as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and PRSF New Music 20×12.    

“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

Alongside this is an equal dedication to established orchestral repertoire and LCO performs frequently with internationally renowned soloists and conductors, who have recently included Alison Balsom, Lang Lang, Pekka Kuusisto, Lawrence Zazzo, Han-Na Chang, Paul Lewis, Augustin Dumay, Sol Gabetta, Natalie Clein and Julian Lloyd Webber.

The orchestra’s London season is based at the ideally intimate space of Cadogan Hall. Aside from its enviable national credentials, LCO is also recognised globally, having appeared in concert halls around the world – from La Scala, Milan, to City Hall, Hong Kong, and throughout the Far East, the USA and Europe. As well as recordings for EMI, Virgin and Sony, it has also recorded a number of CDs as part of the ‘LCO Live’ series on Signum Records.

Community and education projects form a vibrant strand of LCO’s activities; highlights include a recent partnership with London’s National Gallery and the ongoing Music Junction project.

LCO enjoys the Patronage of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, and in 2011 it performed at the wedding service of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to an estimated global audience of two billion people. Remarkably, it has received no public subsidy during its entire history, instead enjoying significant support from private donors, trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors and enthusiastic audiences: a tribute to its impeccable performance credentials.

Our People

Patron Her Royal Highness 
The Duchess of Cornwall

Life President Rev John Wates OBE HonFRAM

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

As Music Director & Principal Conductor of the London Chamber Orchestra, Warren-Green is dedicated to the promotion of new works and the established chamber orchestra repertoire. He is greatly involved in all LCO activities, including Music Junction, LCO’s leading community and outreach project.

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy
LCO President

LCO President Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the LCO in December 2014, featuring a programme of Sibelius, Elgar and Shostakovich.

Rosemary Warren-Green

Rosemary Warren-Green
Education and Outreach Artistic Director

Rosemary Warren-Green plays a leading role in the LCO’s ground-breaking community project: Music Junction, where young people from very different backgrounds work together to create mutual empathy and connection through music-making.


Mark Redman (Chairman)

John Hancock OBE

Peter Kallos

Professor Keith Mander

Rev John Wates OBE Hon FRAM

Development Committee

Richard Gubbins

Saul Haydon Rowe

Christopher A Holder

Professor Keith Mander (chair)

Tom Mercer

Maria Orti

Julie Poxon

Nina Plowman

Luciana Soriano


Richard Brooks

Jane Jamieson

Peter Jamieson

Peter Johnson

Philip Ogden

Sam Palmer

Richard Price MBE

Philip Stephens


LCO Staff

Concerts and Orchestra Manager Step Parikian

Head of Development Catherine Janssens

Music Junction Consultant Ian Pressland

Marketing and Development Manager John Bowker

Librarian Jacqui Compton 

Consultant and Exclusive Agent HarrisonParrott

Jasper Parrott

Ian Giddons

Tracy Lees

Alix de Mauny

Antonio Orlando

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 Concerts and Orchestra Manager Step Parikian if you would like to discuss engaging the orchestra for your private or public event.

020 3397 1298

In The Community

The beginnings of the story

Music Junction is the project at the heart of the London Chamber Orchestra’s outreach work, creating an ever-growing community of people from all walks of life involved in music-making through the catalyst of this ground-breaking work. The beginnings of the Music Junction story are to be found in the work undertaken by Yehudi Menuhin and the LCO’s Education and Outreach Artistic Director Rosemary Warren-Green, documented in the film, Menuhin’s Children (Colin Bell, 2000). The ongoing development of the project has been driven by the conviction, shared by all involved, that music has the power to transform the people and communities that it touches.

Soon, Music Junction formed a ground-breaking collaboration with children’s charity Barnardo’s, who continue to be involved in the project in this its fifth year of development. The Music Junction community is now thriving in four regional centres, involving 12 schools and organisations (one independent school, three special schools, four modern academies, two specialist music centres and two young carer projects).

Our aims

Our fundamental aspiration is to nurture greater empathy and connection between young people from different backgrounds. By bringing together children and young people who would not usually meet, and giving them shared opportunities to make music as a group, we aim to promote confidence, nurture self-esteem and encourage participants to develop respect for themselves and each other within their wider communities. Through an ongoing process of investment, development, reflection and transparent reporting Music Junction aims to change lives over the longer-term, offering to all participants a vision enabling them to develop lasting self-worth and aspirations, and sharing the lessons of what we have learned.

“I feel so incredibly lucky to be part of this work. I have worked here for 24 years and can truly say that my participation in Music Junction has given me more pleasure than anything else I have done with our young people, because of how much I can see it doing for the young people involved. None of us will ever forget days like yesterday, and I tell everyone prepared to listen that these children will now be able to approach future challenges; that they accomplished so much during this project and if they could do that, they can do ANYTHING!”

Sam Nosal, Senior Teacher at High Close Barnardo’s School, Wokingham, Berkshire

How Does Music Junction Work?

This year’s Music Junction started with an LCO visit to each regional hub to perform a Flashmob style concert, which was a surprise to as many of the staff as it was to the students! We surprised thousands of school children by interrupting their assemblies and break times to play excerpts from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and followed this by offering students (and staff!) the opportunity to try out orchestral instruments, often for the first time. Existing Music Junction participants were invited to participate in a variety of different ways – the more advanced mentors played alongside LCO musicians, choirs from each school learnt a simple vocal part before the visit and joined in the performances, and some children even tried their hand at conducting LCO. For those who have never encountered an orchestra before, these initial Flashmob / tryout sessions offer a chance for children to experience live orchestral music-making at very close quarters – a chance to look around, meet the musicians, think about getting involved in Music Junction and, crucially, to try some orchestral instruments under the guidance of the LCO musicians with help from student mentors.

As Music Junction progresses each season, creative activity takes place in a series of workshops and instrumental sessions hosted by partner organisations / schools in each Music Junction hub; these are led by the Music Junction workshop leader and the LCO musician team. The sessions include a variety of activities, such as physical and musical warm-up exercises, improvisation, the production of original material and informal ensemble performances. The instrumental sessions focus on helping the young musicians/participants to get better acquainted with their instruments. More accomplished students mentor beginners as well as less experienced instrumentalists and singers. At the heart of the workshops there is also the opportunity to work alongside a composer on a new commission, which is inspired by a different artistic theme each year . The theme for the 2015/16 season is ‘Heroes vs Anti-heroes’, and is inspired in part by LCO’s season at Cadogan Hall, focusing on the life and legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte. All four Hubs join forces with LCO and Principal Conductor Christopher Warren-Green for a final rehearsal day in May followed by a showcase concert. (6th May 2016, 7pm, Cadogan Hall)

Each year the Music Junction participants work with the artist-in-residence for the season, exploring ideas within the workshops, and in this way contributing to the process of making the new work. The new piece, commissioned by the LCO, is premiered in a showcase performance as part of its concert season. The groups from each region come together as an ensemble of 150 participants to rehearse before performing the new work with the LCO, and their Music Director and Principal Conductor Christopher Warren-Green, in an internationally renowned London concert hall. This extraordinary and exciting performance is shared with an audience of friends, family and supporters, many of who are completely new to the concert-going experience.

Instrumental sessions are interspersed with the creative workshops, and these provide an opportunity for Music Junction’s ‘fledgling’ instrumentalists, whether they are young people, staff or teachers who are learning an instrument as part of the project, to seek encouragement and practical tips to take their instrumental skills forward. The structure of these sessions is informal, and the young people work together to mentor, encourage and inspire each other on their musical journeys supported by the LCO musician team. Side by side sessions, for those whose existing musical skills are more developed, focus on taking further skills in coaching and group leading. Everyone involved in the project is encouraged to share their existing skills and learn new things in a way that strengthens the connections between individuals and empowers them to engage further in their learning.

Legacy In Action

Our Music Junction community is growing! Each season nearly 150 participants find themselves inspired, moved and fully engaged in music-making that they want to continue, and quite a number take part over successive years. Many of those who have been involved in the project become passionate and enthusiastic ambassadors for what can be achieved by Music Junction’s sensitive and long-term approach. Consistent with the values at the heart of Music Junction, individuals, schools and groups take their journey forward in many different ways but the effects of Music Junction can be seen as the seeds sown at the start of the growing process for everyone who takes part.

Looking at the wider impact for participants, their comments and feedback show how much all value the opportunity to put their skills and talents not only into perspective, but also into use in unexpected ways. The project has encouraged not only a greater involvement in and love for music, as expected, but also an enthusiasm for wanting to change things for others. Some of MJ’s early participants, now at university, still write to the orchestra and attend events in support of the project; in their own words, they take their experience with them. The benefits of this socially diverse and inclusive project will go on for many years.

In Music Junction’s four regions, feedback shows that the project achieves positive outcomes not only for the participants, but within their wider communities, whether these are schools, social groups or families. It has been shown through the monitoring of mentoring activity, and the evaluation of behaviour and comments of children, parents, musicians and staff, that there is a real benefit not just in taking part in communal creative activity but in doing so in a wide social context, which broadens everyone’s understanding of one another and fosters greater aspiration and enthusiasm.

Good relationships between all partners and organisations ensure that evaluation of the project is ongoing throughout the project. Feedback is actively sought from all those taking part, through questionnaires, recorded interviews with participants, staff and musicians and thoughtful observation. Following the showcase performance, each year concludes with an opportunity for all groups involved to reflect and work that season. Good practice is shared and lessons to be learned openly acknowledged in the spirit of enabling the project to grow. Discussion includes a general review of the season, allowing partners to give feedback on artistic and logistic aspects, to evaluate development, and to decide collectively on the direction for the next season’s work.