Meet the 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.


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 many ‘Last Night of the Autumn Proms’ concerts with the London Concert Orchestra (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; taken part in various recording at Abbey Road Studios in London,including 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

Our Choir Patron

Sir Karl Jenkins CBE, FRAM, D.Mus. was appointed as Patron to the choir July 2007.

Karl Jenkins was born in South Wales in 1944. As a child he studied piano and oboe and later read music at the University of Wales and at the Royal Academy of Music.

In 2004 Karl entered Classic FM’s “Hall of Fame” at No. 8, the highest position for a living composer. In 2006 he was ranked No. 4 amongst British composers. He was presented by Classic FM with the Red F award for ‘outstanding service to classical music’.

Musical Director

Stephen Bullamore is an active and accomplished choral director, music editor and organist.

In addition to his work with the Leicester Philharmonic Choir, he is Director of Music at St Mary Magdalene, Newark, Musical Director of the North Herts Guild of Singers and General Editor of Music 18.

Fraser Graham

1980 — 2020
Our accompanist Fraser sadly died in 2020.