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Moorfields Eye Hospital takes AGM to LSO St Luke’s for a tenth year
Moorfields Eye Hospital, one of the country’s leading specialist hospitals, is continuing its association with LSO St Luke’s into a tenth year. On Wednesday 23 July 2014, this fantastically versatile venue will host around 300 members attending an AGM that marks an essential point of engagement in Moorfields’ event calendar.
Yards from Old Street’s thriving Silicon Roundabout, this prominent medical institution is just round the corner from the converted Hawksmoor church that is now home to the London Symphony Orchestra’s pioneering music education and community programme, LSO Discovery.
The long-lasting relationship between the two organisations has so far seen the creation of 14 conferences, five award ceremonies and two small meetings, and demonstrates LSO St Luke’s commitment to excellent client service and smooth event delivery.
Many of the events were catered for by LSO St Luke’s in-house team and made full use of the venue’s comprehensive technical infrastructure, including state-of-the-art presentation equipment and stunning lighting for evening functions.
Moorfields Eye Hospital chooses LSO St Luke’s for a number of reasons. The Trust’s main building does not have the capacity for large conferences and special events, and the location of LSO St Luke’s, its proximity to the Hospital and the capacity of Jerwood Hall make it an ideal venue they are happy to consider in the future.
Victoria Steinitz, Sales and Marketing Manager at LSO St Luke’s, comments: “Moorfields Eye Hospital is one of our long-standing clients and we are delighted they continue to book LSO St Luke’s for meetings, conferences and special events. We have two further events pencilled next year and look forward to the association continuing long into the future.”
LSO St Luke’s is a stylish and sophisticated venue available to hire for arts, corporate and private events with an edge. For the first time in 2014 the venue is also taking direct bookings for Christmas parties arranged in conjunction with award-winning caterers Moving Venue.
LSO St Luke's hosts Heritage Lottery Fund
LSO St Luke’s welcomed 250 delegates, staff and volunteers from the Heritage Lottery Fund on 14 and 15 July 2014 for a conference featuring VIPs and speakers such as Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England, Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Sir Laurie Magnus, Chair of English Heritage,
“LSO St Luke’s was ideal for our event. We were looking for a unique heritage venue with the perfect balance of great service, facilities and catering. The team has supported us throughout the whole event process – from inception to delivery – and we are delighted with the results,” said Louise Lane, Director of Communications, Heritage Lottery Fund
The event including a plenary session, networking reception and full-day of engaging presentations and lively debate. Catering was provided by Moving Venue.
In particular, the event made full use of the venue’s technical capabilities, incorporating live voting and web streaming, much of which was featured on social media, including #heritageexchange.
Victoria Steinitz, Sales and Marketing Manager at LSO St Luke’s, commented: “It was a privilege to host the 2014 Heritage Exchange. Having worked with HLF since October we are really pleased to have delivered such a successful and fulfilling event. The conference made full use of the building’s technical capabilities and incorporated many of our creative suggestions for making the most of our facilities. We hope those new to LSO St Luke’s will appreciate the impact of using a unique venue for their events.”
Discover LSO St Luke's at the London Christmas Party Show
Festive party planners can discover what LSO St Luke’s has to offer at this year’s London Christmas Party Show.
Clients can book their Christmas party directly with LSO St Luke’s for the first time, working with experienced on-site event managers to create a truly memorable occasion in partnership with top London catering Moving Venue. The London Christmas Party Show, being held at Banking Hall, London on 10 and 11 June 2014, provides the venue with the opportunity to showcase its spectacular Christmas offering from fabulous parties with canapés and bowl food to formal seated dinners.
Home to LSO Discovery, the London Symphony Orchestra’s pioneering music education programme, LSO St Luke’s marries commanding 18th-century architecture with spacious contemporary interiors to provide flexible facilities for corporate and private events. With capacities of 250 seated or 450 standing, Christmas events will be subtly styled by drawing on the venue’s historical influences. Packages start at £95 (plus VAT) per person including venue hire, festive themes, a range of menus and selection of drinks, and of course the all-important DJ and dance floor!
LSO St Luke’s Sales and Marketing Manager Victoria Steinitz comments: “The beautiful Jerwood Hall provides a stunning backdrop for Christmas parties and we are really excited about this new venture. Working in partnership with Moving Venue – one of our most popular suppliers – we guarantee first-class food and drink matched by flawless event delivery. By choosing to hold their festive celebrations at LSO St Luke’s, clients will help to underpin the LSO’s innovative work in the local community, across east London and beyond, enabling thousands to experience the transforming effect of orchestral music.”
Sales and Events Co-ordinator makes shortlist for Event Photography Awards
Chris Cashman, Sales and Events Co-ordinator at LSO St Luke’s, has been named as a finalist in the Best Amateur Photography category at the Event Photography Awards (EPAs).
Launched by Off to Work, the EPAs are designed to be a celebration of the incredible and diverse nature of the events and hospitality industry. The Best Amateur Photography category is open to all amateur photographers, whether event industry professionals or a member of the public.
Entries are judged on technical quality, visual aesthetic, content and general characteristics by a panel of experts including internationally-acclaimed photographer David Loftus, award-winning designer and entrepreneur Paul Daly, editor of Square Meal Venues & Events, Annica Wainwright, and Off to Work Managing Director Philip Atkins.
Chris submitted two photographs to the competition – The Tech Desk and The Get In, which capture the essence of what makes the event industry exciting and memorable.
Winners of the EPAs will be announced tonight (Tuesday April 8) at the London Irish Centre, Camden. All shortlisted and winning photographs will be displayed at the Centre throughout April for the Event Photography Awards Exhibition and at the Square Meal Venues & Event Live exhibition in September.
Chris comments: “I’m delighted my photographs have been shortlisted for the Event Photography Awards. I became interested in photography about 18 months ago after taking some archival photos with our office camera. My role at LSO St Luke’s is so varied I get to see many different aspects of the industry. I wanted to capture this through photography to show people a different side to events – in this case, a back-of-house perspective.”
LSO St Luke's extends approved florists list
LSO St Luke’s has added Lavender Green and Pinstripes & Peonies to its list of approved florists. These two companies join a comprehensive set of caterers and other top industry suppliers including event producers Grey Hare and Peppermint Diva, allowing the venue to offer clients a wide variety of industry professionals to support their events.
As the florist most accredited within the Unique Venues of London group, Lavender Green has an enviable reputation as one of the best in the capital with over 18 years’ experience decorating wonderful weddings, private parties and corporate events. Managing Director Sue Barnes leads a top team offering a depth of knowledge and range of designs that are second to none.
Entrepreneur Ruari McCulloch decided after working for some of the most prestigious event companies in London that there was space for another type of florist and set up Pinstripes & Peonies to offerstunning floral design alongside a ‘can do’ attitude and cheerful dedication to events both large and small.
LSO St Luke’s Sales and Marketing Manager Victoria Steinitz comments “Having first published our list of recommended florists in 2012 we are really excited about its recent expansion; the introduction of two new companies gives our clients a deeper insight into the industry and a greater range from which to choose the right team to work on their events. Lavender Green and Pinstripes & Peonies have both won business at LSO St Luke’s before and we look forward to strengthening our partnerships with Sue and Rauri in the months to come.”
Perhaps better known as the London Symphony Orchestra’s pioneering music education and community centre, LSO St Luke’s is a stunning venue offering flexible, contemporary facilities to hire for arts, corporate and private events. Over the last ten years the Jerwood Hall, its beautiful central space, has become a highly desirable venue for conferences, dinners, receptions, award ceremonies and gala dinners, and its location just yards from the Silicon Roundabout makes it ideal for start-ups and City firms alike.
LSO St Luke’s to host Association of British Orchestras annual conference
After a break of nearly 25 years, on Wednesday 29 January 2014 the Association of British Orchestras returns to the Capital for its annual conference, to be hosted by the London Symphony Orchestra in association with the Barbican Centre.
Opening at LSO St Luke’s with a panel session examining whether classical music can contribute to a city’s economic and social success, the busy three-day agenda is packed with crucial debate, networking and analysis of the future of the orchestral sector in the UK and around the world. The event will be broadcast by Principal Media Partner Classic FM.
As arts organisations contend with financial crises and industrial disputes, and as our politicians obsess about how we need to get better at asking and acquire better ‘enterprise’ skills, the conference this year looks at New Directions, particularly in funding, audiences and music education. Other topics under the microscope will be learning from other art-forms, the film industry and new approaches to musicians’ wellbeing.
The prestigious conference dinner will take place in the lofty splendour of LSO St Luke’s Jerwood Hall, which has become increasingly popular for a wide variety of corporate and private events. This exclusive occasion will recognise top performers in orchestral administration alongside the recipient of the unique ABO Award, supported by Rhinegold Publishing and voted for by members.
On the second evening, the full force of the LSO will be unleashed at a concert in the Barbican Hall, with music by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Brahms and Walton, under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.
Keith Motson, ABO Membership & Communications Manager says “Holding our event in London will give more delegates the opportunity to join in productive conversations the ABO Conference always provides. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new for three unmissable days of high-level debate and learning.”
Whilst Kathryn McDowell, LSO Managing Director, reflects “This is an excellent example of creative organisations working together, with ABO members from across the UK benefitting from the unique partnership between the London Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican. The ABO conference is integral to an orchestra manager’s diary and we are honoured to host the opening session and dinner at our magnificent venue on Old Street.”
LSO St Luke’s is home to the London Symphony Orchestra’s ground-breaking music education and community programme, LSO Discovery. Its central space, the Jerwood Hall, can accommodate up to 250 people seated to meet or dine, whilst retaining the flexibility to welcome as many as 450 for a standing reception.