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 June 2017, featuring a programme of Sibelius and Elgar.

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.

Trustees

Mark Redman (Chairman)

Pamela Conger

Professor Keith Mander

Tom Mercer

Rev John Wates OBE Hon FRAM

Development Committee

Saul Haydon Rowe

Christopher A Holder

Ahmet Iplikci

Professor Keith Mander (chair)

Maria Orti

Julie Poxon

Nina Plowman

Luciana Soriano

Michael Timinis

Ambassadors

Richard Brooks

Richard Gubbins

Jane Jamieson

Peter Jamieson

Peter Johnson

Philip Ogden

Sam Palmer

Richard Price MBE

Philip Stephens

Staff

LCO Staff

Concerts and Orchestra Manager Step Parikian

Head of Development Naomi Campbell

Music Junction Consultant Ian Pressland

Marketing and Development Manager Charles Lewis

Music Junction Associate Manager Lois Brown

Consultant and Exclusive Agent HarrisonParrott

Jasper Parrott

Ian Giddons

Federico Hernandez

Tracy Lees

Alix de Mauny

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.

step@lco.co.uk
020 3397 1298

 

“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

Music Junction brings together young people aged 11-18 from very different social and economic backgrounds.Through music making, it aims to promote confidence, nurture self-esteem and encourage them to develop respect for themselves and each other within their wider communities. Over the academic year, LCO’s team of musicians share their expertise and support the participants through a series of musical activities including flash-mobs, creative workshops, focused instrumental learning sessions, and performances.

The project is open to all – from those who already play to those who have never touched a musical instrument. The pace of the project is different for each participant, but everyone shares an equal sense of participation and accomplishment. Our more experienced student mentors play a key role in supporting the beginner instrumentalists through the project. This peer-to-peer mentoring is key, and helps build communication amongst the participants as well as creating a sense of security, continuity, progression and accomplishment from one session to the next.

in 2017-2018, Music Junction was structured around three geographical ‘hubs’, with two holding showcase concerts with LCO locally and the third performing at Cadogan Hall. Performing alongside a professional orchestra is a powerful experience for everyone involved – the participants, as well as their parents, carers and teachers. One of the most exciting things about LCO’s Music Junction project is the opportunity for the orchestra and our young participants to work with different composers and performers. In 2017-2018 we welcomed Ollie Howell, multi-award-winning composer, drummer, instrumentalist, producer and broadcaster, as the Music Junction Artist-in-Residence to take on the challenge of creating a new work with our young participants.

Music Junction participants with the Orchestra and composer Ollie Howell.

 

 

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