About us

The London FILMharmonic Orchestra celebrates the magic of the soundtrack through performances of selected works by the likes of Joe Hisaishi, Howard Shore, Thomas/Randy Newman, Henry Mancini and Michael Giacchino.

According to Kurt London, film music “began not as a result of any artistic urge, but from a dire need of something which would drown the noise made by the projector. For in those times there was as yet no sound-absorbent walls between the projection machine and the auditorium. This painful noise disturbed visual enjoyment to no small extent. Instinctively cinema proprietors had recourse to music, and it was the right way, using an agreeable sound to neutralize one less agreeable.”

Since then, the film score has grown to be as important as the moving picture itself, with film producers spending millions on the perfect music to accompany their movie. The London FILMharmonic Orchestra was born from a love of the emotionally enriched music spread throughout the cinematic world, and strives to share the enjoyment with the public through live performance. Have a read of our philosophy to learn what we do.

A huge supporter of independent cinema and the fringe arts, the LFO is available to collaborate with film-makers, producers, cinemas and composers. Please email us with your project ideas!