The Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia, is now shortened to a London Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra was founded in 1945 by record producer Walter Legge. Since 1995, the Royal Festival Hall the permanent concert hall of this Orchestra.
The first concert was led by Thomas Beecham in 1946, but refused to take him to the Orchestra as Chief conductor. In the first years the Orchestra made a lot of recordings. In particular, Herbert von Karajan and Otto Klemperer worked often with this Orchestra and took many shots with it. Walter Legge decided the Orchestra In 1964. However, the orchestra members decided to continue as an independent with the support of Klemperer New Philharmonia Orchestra. Only in 1977 one acquired the rights to the name Philharmonia Orchestra.
The Orchestra has made over a thousand recordings for Gramophone and cd. The Orchestra also played film music for the soundtracks to movies, for example by Ralph Vaughan Williams for Scott of the Antarctic.To guest conductors with which the Orchestra regularly works include Lorin Maazel, Kurt Sanderling, Sir Charles Mackerras, John Eliot Gardiner and Vladimir Ashkenazy.