7 October 1932 Sir Thomas Beecham conducts
the newly formed London Philharmonic
Orchestra on its first public appearance at the
20 November 1932 Sir Edward Elgar conducts
his Violin Concerto with the young Yehudi
Menuhin as soloist.
September 1939 The original company is put
into liquidation and the players take control.
Principal Horn, Charles Gregory, is elected first
Chairman of the new company.
10 May 1941 The Orchestra takes part in the
last concert given in the Queen’s Hall before it
is destroyed in the blitz.
3 May 1951 The Orchestra takes part in the first
concert at the newly opened Royal Festival Hall.
25 September 1956 The Orchestra touches
down in the Soviet Union with Principal
Conductor Sir Adrian Boult for a two-week tour,
becoming the first ever British orchestra to
appear in Soviet Russia.
21 May 1964 The Orchestra plays at
Glyndebourne for the first time, appearing at
the summer festival as the Glyndebourne
Festival Orchestra before reverting to its own
name the following year.
23 April 1970 The Orchestra performs for the
first time in the USA, beginning a major tour of
the country in New York with a concert at
Carnegie Hall conducted by Principal Conductor
3 March 1973 The Orchestra’s 40th anniversary
season is crowned by an invitation to become
the first Western orchestra to visit China.
26 September 1977 One of the great orchestra conductor
relationships begins: Klaus Tennstedt
conducts the Orchestra for the first time in a
performance of Mahler’s First Symphony at the
Royal Festival Hall.
21 March 1998 The Orchestra inaugurates its
Roots Classical Fusions concerts, combining
musical traditions from across the globe and
inspiring the Orchestra’s ongoing education
and community programme.
21 April 2005 The Orchestra launches its own
record label with four titles conducted by
Principal Conductors Kurt Masur, Klaus
Tennstedt and Bernard Haitink, and Principal Guest Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.
19 September 2007 Vladimir Jurowski's first concert as Principal Conductor as the Orchestra celebrates its 75th anniversary season.
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