Entering its tenth decade, the London Chamber Orchestra looks back on 90 years of outstanding concerts. Remarkable for its history as the UK’s oldest professional chamber orchestra, LCO also champions new music and effects real change through education and charity work.
The London Chamber Orchestra has remained an innovative and adventurous ensemble, premièring works by some of the twentieth century’s most important composers, including Stravinsky, Bloch, Vaughan Williams, Respighi, Delius, de Falla, Fauré, Finzi, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Poulenc and Villa Lobos. Since his appointment as LCO’s Principal Conductor and Music Director in 1988, Christopher Warren-Green has continued this tradition with premieres including works by Maxwell Davies, MacMillan, Fitkin and a host of new compositions from young composers. On 22 March 2012, LCO premieres Track to Track, commissioned bv The LCO Trust as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympics and PRSF New Music 20x12.
In retaining its independence from public subsidy, LCO continues to enjoy significant support from private donors, enthusiastic audiences, corporate sponsors and Trusts and Foundations. LCO insists on impeccable performance credentials in attracting its advocates. Principal Conductor Christopher Warren-Green, LCO’s musicians and management aim to uphold LCO’s world-class stature and its mission to educate, enlighten and entertain.
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Graham Fitkin Band
London Chamber Orchestra
Glyn Maxwell, narrator
Inspired by Benjamin Britten and WH Auden’s Night Mail, Track to Track: The Athlon celebrates the journey of the Olympic Javelin Train taking passengers from St. Pancras Station to Stratford and back during the Olympics. Original motifs for the work have been prepared by children working in LCO’s and Barnardo’s Music Junction partnership. Track to Track: The Athlon, composed for ensemble and string orchestra, is set to a text by poet Glyn Maxwell and can be heard by train commuters as much as audiences in the concert hall.
20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Over the next 12 months you will be able to enjoy performances of these 20 new works in a wide range of venues and unexpected locations across the length and breadth of the UK – from churches, arts centres and concert halls to public spaces, festivals and a train journey. Each piece will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available to purchase as mp3/FLAC download from NMC.
Visit our New Music 20x12 Project Page for more information about the twenty works.
“It feels like a really good, inclusive way of working that has brought something really magic to Track to Track and will help us truly celebrate the Olympic spirit.” Evening Standard
The performance of Track to Track: The Athlon by the London Chamber Orchestra was recorded by Floating Earth at Cadogan Hall, London on 22 March 2012, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 19 May 2012.