LSO Friends in 2013/14
Each season, LSO Friends support an LSO concert at the Barbican, a range of LSO Discovery projects and also endow the chair of a Principal LSO musician. We also hold regular exclusive events for LSO Friends where you can meet the players and gain an insight into the workings of the Orchestra.
For the 2013/14 season, LSO Friends have been supporting the following range of projects:
The LSO Friends supported the concert on 13 November 2013 with Valery Gergiev conducting one of a series of thirteen concerts dedicated to the work of Hector Berlioz. Friends enjoyed a pre-concert drinks reception with LSO players in attendance too.
LSO Discovery projects
This season the LSO Friends have been supporting LSO Create, a music club for adults with learning difficulties, and the LSO Digital Technology Group, an opportunity for teenagers to work with the latest audio software and recording equipment.
The LSO Friends Chair Endow for 2013/14 is Principal Tromobone, Dudley Bright. Dudley took his position at the LSO in 2000 after spells at the Philharmonia and the Halle. He now also holds a position at the RAM as professor of trombone. Dudley has also composed a number of pieces for the Salvation Army Brass Band.
LSO Friends Events
30 April 2014 - Tour of Old Vic
Who are some of The Old Vic's most famous patrons? What happened to the fourth level of the theatre? Are there any ghosts lurking backstage? Acting legends from Laurence Olivier to Judi Dench to Ian McKellen have all trodden the boards at The Old Vic, so don't miss this chance to follow in their footsteps and hear about The Old Vic's fascinating past in this tour organised specially for LSO Friends.
Places for this event are booked up, but there are plenty of events to look forward to this year.
Take a look at our recent events for a flavour of what we offer LSO Friends, as well as what's still to come!
4 April 2014 - Museum of London, Cheapside Hoard
In April we visited the Museum of London to see the Cheapside Hoard exhibition. Visitors were treated to a talk by the Museum's Head of Archaeological Collections before going into the exhibition. The beautifully curated collection of jewels, artifacts and paintings was a feast for the eyes - even if the conjecture regarding how the hoard got there was a bit far-fetched! Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon!
7 January 2014 - LSC Open Rehearsal
As we were seeing in the New Year. The London Symphony Chorus and its Director Simon Halsey were working hard to prepare for a concert in which they were singing Haydn's Creation. LSO Friends were invited to see the rehearsal up close and to get a real feel for the amount of effort that is put into each and every LSC performance. And it sounded pretty good too!
The London Symphony Orchestra is a registered charity no 232391.