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An Evening With London Philharmonic Orchestra

London, England, January 25, 2008

It was an absolute delight to listen to the concert by London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall one evening during my weeklong stay in London last summer. I was hooked to the Orchestra when I was gifted Yehudi Menuhin's CD some years back by my close friend.

Let's have a look at evolution of The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) which was set up by Sir Thomas Beecham. The first concert was played on October 7, 1932 at the famous Queen's Hall in London. Initially the orchestra was led by Paul Beard and David McCallum along with leading players Geoffrey Gilbert, Anthony Pini, Gwydion Brooke, Bernard Walton, Reginald Kell and others. The critically acclaimed Brahms' second symphony was recorded by Beecham in 1939. The LPO had a difficult phase during the war and the post war period. In 1962 the LPO undertook its first overseas tour to Australia, India and the Far East. In the 1970s the LPO toured USA, Russia, China and other countries in Europe. Tribute albums to rock bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and The Who were released by LPO in mid - 1990s. Yehudi Menuhin, at the age of 16, played violin concertos of those by Bach and Mozart of 1932. It was the orchestra for the international opera seasons at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

For last 75 years the London Philharmonic Orchestra has been recognized for its versatility and pioneering musical outlook. The beauty and dynamism of live performances by its exceptional conductors and soloists can move and inspire one's heart. The 32-year-old French Canadian Yannick Nezet-Seguin will be the new Principal Guest Conductor of LPO for the 2008-2009 season, and we can look forward to listen to music of the highest artistic standards.

On this trip, I had stayed at Mercure London Kensington Hotel on Cromwell Road, very near to Earls Court tube station. It was very convenient to visit London attractions from this central London hotel.


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