London choir of about 850 vv. which originated in choir formed and cond. by Gounod for opening of Royal Albert Hall, 1871. Taken over by Barnby, 1872. Name at first was Royal Albert Hall Choral Soc., present name adopted 1888. Barnby was succeeded in 1896 by J. F. Bridge. Sir Malcolm Sargent had long assoc. as cond. from 1929.