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London Festival Orchestra

London Festival Orchestra

The London Festival Orchestra came into being in 1980 when Ross Pople, then principal cellist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, gathered some of London's finest musicians to create his own orchestra. Little by little, a few concerts grew into many and, in 1986, Pople left the BBCSO in order to pursue a new full-time career as Director of the London Festival Orchestra. That year the orchestra's first recording on Hyperion (Mendelssohn's String Symphonies) was released and was greeted with outstanding reviews. Throughout its existence the orchestra has demonstrated a remarkable ability to perform with integrity in a great diversity of styles—truly an orchestra for and of our time.

The repertoire embraces the very widest range, from the eclectic and contemporary to the Classical and Baroque, from Boccherini and Bach to Tippett and Taverner. It is noted for its innovative concert series: Cathedral Classics is a festival designed to provide sumptuous concerts in evocative cathedral settings throughout Britain and, over the years, has promoted young artists such as Tasmin Little, John Harle, Bryn Terfel and Evelyn Glennie. With coverage on both radio and television and (for the first nine years) unprecedented sponsorship from a single major national company, the Festival flourished into a national institution. Prestigious London concerts included the Remembrance Sunday concert at the Royal Albert Hall in association with a leading charity each year and Birthday Honours at the South Bank, a celebration of composers' birthdays, including the 75th birthday of Sir Malcolm Arnold conducted by Lord Menuhin. The LFO also plays regularly throughout Cumbria in conjunction with a wide-reaching education project for schools in the area.

Overseas, the LFO has travelled regularly through Europe, South America and the Far East and has become involved in many fascinating projects including representing Great Britain at the Seoul Olympic Games. The LFO was the first international orchestra to visit Argentina following the Falklands War and the first to appear in Cuba since Castro's ascent to power. It has played in major concert halls throughout Europe including the Berlin Philharmonic and Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Future plans include tours of Ghana, South America and the Far East, as well as further performances throughout Europe.

There is of course another vital element in the LFO's existence. In 1990, by selling his prized cello, Pople was able to fund the purchase of two derelict Victorian Warehouses in the heart of London's South Bank to provide a home for the orchestra and a resource for visiting organisations and community groups. It is a beautiful rehearsal, recording and concert venue, incorporating its own orchestral administration offices. By complementing the functions of the buildings with the work of the orchestra, the LFO has been able to thrive as an innovative and exciting organisation without relying on public subsidy.

Albums

Arnold: Sinfoniettas & Concertos
CDA66332Archive Service
Boccherini: Six Symphonies Op 35
CDA66903Archive Service
Boccherini: Symphonies Nos 6, 8 & 14
CDA66236Archive Service
Favourite Classics
CDH55001Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Mendelssohn: Twelve String Symphonies
CDS44081/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service
Boccherini: Four Symphonies
CDA66904Deleted
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP12Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921-2006)
Flute Concerto No 1, Op 45with Edward Beckett (flute), Ross Pople (conductor)
Oboe Concerto, Op 39with Malcolm Messiter (oboe), Ross Pople (conductor)
Sinfonietta No 1, Op 48with Ross Pople (conductor)
Sinfonietta No 2, Op 65with Ross Pople (conductor)
Sinfonietta No 3, Op 81with Ross Pople (conductor)
LUIGI BOCCHERINI (1743-1805)
Symphony No 14 in A major, G498with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 15 in D major, G509with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 16 in E flat major, G510with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 17 in A major, G511with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 18 in F major, G512with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 19 in E flat major, G513with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 20 in B flat major, G514with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 21 in C major, G515with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 23 in D minor, G517with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 24 in A major, G518with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 26 in D major, G520with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 6 in D minor 'La Casa del Diavolo', G506with Ross Pople (conductor)
Symphony No 8 in A major, G508with Ross Pople (conductor)
JEREMIAH CLARKE (1670-1707)
The Prince of Denmark's Marchwith Ross Pople (conductor)
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Notturno in B major, Op 40 B48awith Ross Pople (conductor)
SIR EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934)
Salut d'amour, Op 12with Ross Pople (conductor)
CHARLES GOUNOD (1818-1893)
Ave Mariawith Ross Pople (conductor)
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from Solomonwith Ross Pople (conductor)
JULES MASSENET (1842-1912)
The Last sleep of the Virgin, from Viergewith Ross Pople (conductor)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
String Symphony No 1 in C majorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
String Symphony No 10 in B minorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
String Symphony No 11 in F majorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
String Symphony No 12 in G minorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
String Symphony No 2 in D majorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
String Symphony No 3 in E minorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
String Symphony No 4 in C minorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
String Symphony No 5 in B flat majorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
String Symphony No 6 in E flat majorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
String Symphony No 7 in D minorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
String Symphony No 8 in D majorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
String Symphony No 9 in C minorwith Ross Pople (conductor)
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Andante in C major, K315with Ross Pople (conductor)
JOHANN PACHELBEL (1653-1706)
Canon and Giguewith Ross Pople (conductor)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Ahimè! Dove trascorsi? (Orfeo)  
Air 'on the G string'  
Andante cantabile  
Andante in C major, K315 (Mozart)
Ave Maria (Gounod)
Canon and Gigue (Pachelbel)
Capriccioso: Allegretto simplice – Allegro vivacissimo – Tempo I  
Celle que j’aime a de beauté  
Che farò senza Euridice? (Orfeo)  
Che puro ciel! (Orfeo)  
Feuillet d'album: Allegretto simplice  
Flute Concerto No 1, Op 45 (Arnold)
Madrigal  
Minuetto – Trio – Minuetto da capo  
Nocturne  
Nocturne  
Nocturne: Andante sentimentale  
Notturno in B major, Op 40 B48a (Dvořák)
Oboe Concerto, Op 39 (Arnold)
Oh! les filles! Venez, les filles aux voix douces!  
Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV1068 (Bach)
Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck)
Prélude et Chanson  
Rêverie du soir: Andante espressivo  
Salut d'amour, Op 12 (Elgar)
Scherzo humoristique: Allegro vivacissimo  
Shylock, Op 57 (Fauré)
Sinfonietta No 1, Op 48 (Arnold)
Sinfonietta No 2, Op 65 (Arnold)
Sinfonietta No 3, Op 81 (Arnold)
Six morceaux, Op 19 (Tchaikovsky)
String Quartet No 1 in D major, Op 11 (Tchaikovsky)
String Quartet No 2 in D major (Borodin)
String Quintet in E major, G275 (Boccherini)
String Symphony No 1 in C major (Mendelssohn)
String Symphony No 10 in B minor (Mendelssohn)
String Symphony No 11 in F major (Mendelssohn)
String Symphony No 12 in G minor (Mendelssohn)
String Symphony No 2 in D major (Mendelssohn)
String Symphony No 3 in E minor (Mendelssohn)
String Symphony No 4 in C minor (Mendelssohn)
String Symphony No 5 in B flat major (Mendelssohn)
String Symphony No 6 in E flat major (Mendelssohn)
String Symphony No 7 in D minor (Mendelssohn)
String Symphony No 8 in D major (Mendelssohn)
String Symphony No 9 in C minor (Mendelssohn)
Symphony No 14 in A major, G498 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 15 in D major, G509 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 16 in E flat major, G510 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 17 in A major, G511 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 18 in F major, G512 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 19 in E flat major, G513 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 20 in B flat major, G514 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 21 in C major, G515 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 23 in D minor, G517 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 24 in A major, G518 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 26 in D major, G520 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 6 in D minor 'La Casa del Diavolo', G506 (Boccherini)
Symphony No 8 in A major, G508 (Boccherini)
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from Solomon (Handel)
The Dance of the Blessed Spirits  
The Last sleep of the Virgin, from Vierge (Massenet)
The Prince of Denmark's March (Clarke)
Thème original et variations: Andante non tanto – Variations 1-12  
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