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LSO Friends in 2014/15

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 2014/15 season, LSO Friends are supporting the following range of projects:

LSO Concert
The LSO Friends supported concert for the 2014/15 season will be on 18 December 2014 with Nikolai Znaider conducting Mahler's Symphony No 1, and Rudolf Buchbinder playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4. The reception provides the perfect opportunity to catch up with others to discuss your highlights of the season so far. It is also a chance to meet some of the members of the Orchestra before they take the stage.

LSO Discovery projects
For the 2014/15 season LSO Friends are supporting: The Children’s Hospitals Programme, which provides music-making workshops for children in hospitals; Early Years Outreach Projects, a range of projects aimed providing young children with their first interactive musical experiences; and the LSO Youth Choir, which has been running very successfully since its establishment by Gareth Malone in 2004.

Chair Endow
The LSO Friends Chair Endow for 2014/15 is Principal Clarinet, Chris Richards. Chris studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won the Needlemakers’ Wind Prize and reached the finals of the 2001 Shell/LSO Competition in which he performed Weber’s First Concerto with the LSO. After his studies he was appointed principal clarinet with the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage Gateshead and in 2010 became principal clarinet with the LSO. He has also performed as a guest principal with most of the UK’s leading orchestras.


LSO Friends Events

Take a look at our recent events for a flavour of what we offer LSO Friends, as well as what's still to come!

28 May 2014 - LSO Friends Chair Endow Recital
This season's Chair Endow, Principal Trombone Dudley Bright, gave an exclusive recital for LSO Friends on Wednesday 28 May. Dudley gave us a wonderful insight into his work as a trombonist. On listening to his lip-busting programme, we were taken to the extremes of the instrument's capabilities. Dudley was ably accompanied by John Alley on the piano. 

16 July 2014 - Tour of Southwark Cathedral and Bankside walk
In July we took the opportunity to explore the oldest cathedral church building in London and to find out more about the names connected with this building. This fascinating tour of the Cathedral was followed by an historic Bankside Walk, which, among other things, investigated London's Tudor theatre tradition.

Coming up:

19 Nov 2014 - Tour of the Handel House Museum
Handel House Museum was home to the great baroque composer George Frideric Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759, and where he composed works including Messiah, Zadok the Priest and Music for the Royal Fireworks. A specialist volunteer will guide the group around the Museum before a private 30 minute recital with harpsichord and a singer in the intimate Rehearsal & Performance Room where Handel himself entertained his guests.

25 Nov 2014 - LSC Open Rehearsal, Rachmaninov
Following a very successful event in January, the London Symphony Chorus will again hold an open rehearsal for LSO Friends at Bloomsbury Church ahead of the LSC’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Vespers. You will be able to see and hear the Chorus in their final preparations for their appearance in the Barbican Hall. 

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