The LPAO is now in its 10th season,
originally having been established in 1985 as the Orchestra
of St. James
The Orchestra has consistently made a commitment to
premiering contemporary works, and has given a number
of notable Premieres, both at home and abroad, most
recently, the World Premiere of Robert Walker's Mele
Livida, as well as UK Premieres by Naji Hakim (Organ
Concerto), Aulis Sallinen (Iron Age Suite), and Kokkonen
(Requiem). London Premieres have also been given of
works by Burgon, Hellawell, Howells, Langlais and Paterson.
The LPAO made the Premieres recording of Richard Maunder's
edition of the Mozart Requiem, in its entirety on modern
instruments, and has also recorded a CD of works by
Jean Langlais for Koch Schwann.
Last Season, the Orchestra established itself as the
Orchestra in residence at Quenn Mary & Westfield College,
University of London, where its home is the People's
Palace Concert Hall. It appears regularly at the South
Bank Centre, St.John's, Smith Square, the Barbican Cantre,
the Colston Hall, Bristol, and the Fairfield Hall, Croydon,
as well as giving concerts abroad.
The LPAO has three associate ensembles; the London
Pro Arte Baroque Orchestra, the London Pro Arte Brass
Ensemble, and the London Pro Arte Percussion Ensemble,
directed by Tristan Fry.