About Leicester Philharmonic Choir

Leicester Philharmonic Choir (LPC), known to its members and followers as the ‘Phil’, is the largest choir in Leicestershire.The choir performs with professional orchestras, soloists and conductors and encompasses the entire choral repertoire.

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Leicester Philharmonic Choir (LPC), known to its members and followers as ‘the Phil’, is the longest established choir in Leicestershire. Formerly known as The Leicester Philharmonic Society, the choir was founded in 1886 with a membership of around 250 by Herbert Marshall, a Leicester concert impresario and piano dealer who was subsequently knighted and became Lord Mayor of Leicester.

With one of the choir’s objectives being…”to promote appreciation of choral and orchestral music…”, we present a varied programme of music each season. LPC are proud to have a long association with De Montfort Hall where our first concert (in 1886) was a performance of Handel’s Messiah; still a favourite with concert-going audiences.

LPC is often invited to take part in other musical events: we have performed a Last Night of the Autumn Proms with the London Concert Orchestra for the last four years (organised by Raymond Gubbay Productions), always to a rousing, flag-waving packed audience at De Montfort Hall joining in with everything you expect of a Proms event; taking part in various recording at Abbey Road Studios in London, the most recent being a recording by local composer Kathleen Shanks’ Gloria in Londinium, which she had composed for a world-wide children’s choir for the 2012 London Olympics.

For a fuller History of ‘the Phil’, see leicester-philharmonic-choir-history

You can see the full listing of previous works in our Performance Database for an illustration of the range of works and composers.