LCO – The London Chamber Orchestra
The London Chamber Orchestra, the oldest of its kind in Great Britain, was formed in 1921.
Under the direction of Christopher Warren-Green LCO draws together some of Britain's finest young soloists and chamber musicians. Performing standing up, LCO has become one of the most exciting and innovative chamber groups touring today. This young, stylish and vibrant ensemble brings to the music not only their unquestionable talent but also their energy and enjoyment of performance.
Unique about the London Chamber Orchestra is its commitment to reaching an increasingly broad audience while still maintaining the fine tradition of excellence associated with classical music. In their 1992 European tour, the orchestra travelled to more than 10 countries, performing in venues ranging from the concert halls of Munich, Vienna and Zurich to open-air rock festivals with audiences of up to 90,000 (Roskilde in Denmark, Tallinn in Estonia).
Since 1994 LCO has made three lengthy tours to the US through the management of Columbia Artists Management Inc, achieving unparalleled praise from presenters and critics alike. As well as this, they were the only British orchestra invited to play at the Centennial Olympic Games Arts Festival in Atlanta. Recent highlights include the opening of the South Bank's Raising Sparks Festival, two sell-out concerts at La Scala, Milan and a tour of the Swedish summer festivals.
LCO made its debut tour of Japan in October 1998 to great acclaim and has also recently visited Germany, Dublin and Belgrade. Events in 1999 included a series of London concerts and performances in the UK and Europe. Visits to the United States and South America are planned for 2000/2001, as well as further tours of Europe, the Middle and Far East.
LCO has eight recordings available on the Virgin Ultraviolet label ranging from Baroque (Vivaldi) to Minimalist (John Adams, Steve Reich). These recordings won awards for both artistic merit and design. LCO also recorded James MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross for BMG which received a nomination for the 1995 Mercury Music Prize. More recently they recorded Mozart Piano Concerto No 21 & Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 1 for Samsung.