The LPO’s youngest player is ready to retire

The LPO’s youngest player is ready to retire


norman lebrecht

August 02, 2019

At 24, Geoffrey Lynn was the youngest player in the London Philharmonic when he won an audition in 1974.

Today is his last day in the first violins and they are giving him a video sendoff.

He has lived through the ages of Haitink, Solti, Tennstedt, Welser-Möst, Masur and Jurowski.

His final performance is Cendrillon tonight at Glyndebourne.

He has earned a rest.


  • Martin Hughes says:

    Bravo Geoff, great innings, make more great music outwith the LPO! Martin and Jill Hughes

  • Rustier spoon says:

    Splendid fellow, one of the best. Happy retirement Geoff!

  • Orchestra musician says:

    Well done, congratulations!

  • David Sanders says:

    I also was 24 in 1974 when I won my job in the cello section of the Chicago Symphony. I was the youngest member of the orchestra for about 45 minutes until the bass finals were completed and the winner was 19. Neither one of us has retired yet.

  • Esther Cavett says:

    Good for him. Music education is absolutely key

  • Ivy Crayton says:

    Congratulations Brother you are the best.
    Looking forward to our meeting here in Australia.
    BIG HUGS Ivy and Jim.