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The London Symphony Chorus (abbreviated to LSC) is one of the major symphonic concert choirs of the United Kingdom. The Chorus was formed in 1966 (originally as the LSO Chorus) to complement the work of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), and the full-time membership consists of over 150 amateur singers and is self-managed by a council of nine elected representatives.

Whilst continuing to maintain a close association with the LSO the LSC is now autonomous and has developed an independent life allowing it to take part in performances and recordings with other orchestras as well as promoting its own projects.

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Repertoire

At the heart of the Chorus's repertoire are the great nineteenth and twentieth century orchestral choral works including Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, Mahler's Second, Third and Eighth Symphonies, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony, Dvořák's Stabat Mater, Janáček's Glagolitic Mass, Britten's War Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis, Berlioz's La damnation de Faust and Roméo et Juliette, Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Tippett's A Child of our Time and Verdi's Requiem. The Chorus has also taken part in celebrated concert performances and commercial recordings of operas including recently Beethoven's Fidelio, Berlioz's Les Troyens, Britten's Peter Grimes and Billy Budd, Verdi's Falstaff and Otello, Wagner's Götterdämmerung and Strauss's Elektra.

Discography and awards

The London Symphony Chorus's discography of over 90 recordings includes Britten's War Requiem with the LSO conducted by Richard Hickox, which received the Grand Prix du Disque and the 1992 Gramophone Magazine's 'Best Music Recording' award. The recording of Bernstein's Candide, with the LSO and the composer conducting, received a Grammy award as did the recording of Peter Grimes made with the LSO and Richard Hickox in 1997. In 2006 the LSC's recording of Verdi's Falstaff, with the London Symphony Orchestra, won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording at the Grammy Awards of 2006, and in 2007, Sibelius's Kullervo with the LSO conducted by Sir Colin Davis won the Choral Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards.

Filmography

The London Symphony Chorus has joined John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra in the making of the Star Wars series and other Steven Spielberg/John Williams collaborations. One of the most noteworthy songs they sing from Star Wars is the Duel of the Fates.

Conductors

The LSC continues to work with many of the leading conductors of this and the last century, and these have included Claudio Abbado, John Adams, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Colin Davis, Mark Elder, John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Charles Mackerras, Kent Nagano, Antonio Pappano, André Previn, Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, Georg Solti and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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