Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales
Acting Chorus Master: Gavin Carr
Accompanist: Timothy End
Arts Council England

The Chorus


The Philharmonia Chorus is an independent symphony chorus based in London. Founded by Walter Legge in 1957, the Chorus quickly established itself as one of Europe's premier choruses. Over the succeeding decades, the Chorus has worked with many of the leading orchestras in Europe and most of the leading conductors of the day.

In 2017, our 60th anniversary year, we had a demanding concert schedule. In January we were the only non-German chorus to take part in the opening festival of Hamburg's new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, with a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate. In March we both recorded and performed Beethoven's Symphony No.9 'Choral' with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander. On Good Friday we appeared at the Easter at King's Festival in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge in a performance of Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem, which was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and the European Broadcasting Union. Two weeks later we took part in two performances of Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the Orquesta de Valencia in Valencia's Palau de la Música, concerts which marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Palau.

In the summer we made our debut at the Rheingau Festival with two concerts. The first was a programme of English music in the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden conducted by Stefan Bevier, which was recorded by Deutschlandfunk for future transmission. The second was be the closing concert of the Rheingau Festival, a performance of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul McCreesh in the Kloster Eberbach. Later in September we took part in the opening concerts of the season of the Orchestre National de Lille with two performances of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé under the orchestra's new principal conductor Alexandre Bloch, which was recorded by Mezzo for transmission in 2018.

Our first concert was a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Otto Klemperer at the Royal Festival Hall. 60 years later to the week, in the Royal Festival Hall Edward Gardner conducted a performance of Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, which was recorded by BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on 28 November.

In 2018 we look forward to making a second visit to Lille for a concert of music by Poulenc and Rossini, to performing Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Kark-Heinz Steffens, and singing Mozart's Requiem in concert conducted by Itzhak Perlman. Future plans also include concerts in Cambridge and Bath.

The Chorus runs its own Professional Singer and Student Schemes to complement its membership of high quality amateur singers, and delivers performances of international standard with the homogeneous and refined sound for which the Chorus is renowned. The accompanist is Timothy End.

The Chorus is a Registered Charity, No. 250495.