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Candy Crush Saga and ‘Father of Wi-fi’ collect Lovie Awards at LSO St Luke’s

Social media app Candy Crush Saga and ‘Father of Wi-fi’ Vic Hayes were amongst winners recognised at the annual Lovie Awards held at LSO St Luke’s on Wednesday 13 November 2013.

It is the third year that the awards, named after Ada Lovelace – credited as the world’s first computer programmer – have taken place at the 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church.

The ‘Lovies’ – the European counterpart to the Webby Awards – are the leading European awards recognising excellence in websites, Internet video, online advertising and social and mobile apps. Judges include Stephen Fry, model and actress Lily Cole, fashion designer Henry Holland and musician Imogen Heap.

Other winners included Hailo, Nowness, Soundcloud, Catleidoscope, Tech City News and the BBC’s Digital Glastonbury.

Victoria Steinitz, Sales and Marketing Manager at LSO St Luke’s, comments: “The ‘Lovies’ are a pinnacle for the Internet community and we were delighted to host these prestigious awards once again. LSO St Luke’s is a fantastic venue in close proximity to the ‘Silicon Roundabout’, which has become a hub for technology and online business, meaning we are ideally placed for such an event. We congratulate the winners on their achievements and look forward to welcoming them back to LSO St Luke’s.”

LSO St Luke’s is one of London’s most impressive and stylish venues, offering unique acoustics and cutting edge event technology within a flexible, contemporary range of spaces. Usually associated with musical performances and the LSO’s music education and community programme, LSO Discovery, LSO St Luke’s has grown in popularity for a wide variety of events including conferences, receptions, award ceremonies and gala dinners.

LSO St Luke’s hosts FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards

As mass urbanisation continues, the most successful cities will be those that embrace groundbreaking solutions to meet the changing needs of their citizens. The Financial Times and Citi, in collaboration with global business school INSEAD, partnered to recognise the leaders, teams, organisations and community groups whose solutions enable progress in cities around the world.

'The venue is incredible, the technical values are outstanding, the service is unparalleled.'
Dede Pochos
Financial Times

The FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action programme recognises original ideas that have improved the lives of people living and working in cities. In September 2013 a series of four events brought together industry leaders, policy experts and academics to honour the strongest candidates with ingenious solutions for city administration, energy, education, resource management and community engagement.

Prestigious awards ceremonies took place in Panama, San Francisco, Singapore and in London at LSO St Luke’s. The London Symphony Orchestra’s music education and community centre was a natural choice for an exclusive cocktail reception and three-course dinner for 100 of the Awards most discerning stakeholders, catered for by Moving Venue, the venue’s most popular supplier.

Making the most of LSO St Luke’s recently upgraded technological infrastructure, the event included speeches, panel discussions and videos, presented against a backdrop of stunning architectural lighting designed by the venue’s in-house team. Decorations and table centres were provided by Jens Jakobsen, the first florist to join LSO St Luke’s new recommended suppliers list last year.

Reflecting on her experience of working at LSO St Luke’s, Dede Pochos, Head of Conferences at Financial Times Live said “None of [my events] will ever live up to LSO St Luke's! Everything was perfect. [The staff] were unbelievably helpful and a pleasure to work with. The venue is incredible, the technical values are outstanding, the service is unparalleled. I could not have been more pleased with the event.”

LSO St Luke’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Victoria Steinitz, says “It was an honour to host the FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards. The venue is ideally suited to pioneering events that bring people together to celebrate innovation and excellence, making use of our technological facilities and touching on much of what LSO St Luke’s means as the London Symphony Orchestra’s home in the culturally diverse communities of Hackney and Islington.”

Close to the City’s financial core and just yards from Old Street’s bustling silicon roundabout, LSO St Luke’s houses a number of workshop and meeting rooms beneath the stunning Jerwood Hall, a flexible event space ideal for conferences, award ceremonies, gala dinners and receptions for as many as 450 people.



LSO St Luke’s invests over £375k in AV,
Wi-Fi and building improvements

LSO St Luke’s has made a significant investment in technology. Funded primarily by a grant from the Arts Council England, the London Symphony Orchestra has undertaken to upgrade Wi-Fi and other technical equipment at its stunning Grade I listed venue.

The award of approximately £375,290 will ensure LSO St Luke's remains at the cutting edge of digital and production innovation. Improvements to the Centre's equipment and facilities will provide clients, visitors and project participants with the highest quality experience.

Following the upgrade, clients can benefit from connection speeds of up to 270Mbps as well as a personalised landing page for their event, which can be used for invaluable data capture.

Victoria Steinitz, Sales and Marketing Manager at LSO St Luke’s, says: “Investing in our infrastructure will allow us to continue to provide a first-class service. The grant from the Arts Council will ensure we keep ahead of the increasing demand for more integrated events, including those that need high-speed connectivityfor live streaming. Our in-house technicians are experienced in providing high-quality sound and lighting for all types of events and work closely with clients to advise them on how to get the most from their resources.”

A contemporary and flexible venue just yards from the fast-growing “tech hub” on Old Street, LSO St Luke’s is guaranteed to provide aninspirational setting for a wide variety of events including conferences, receptions, awards ceremonies and gala dinners.



Increase in site visits and enquiries

LSO St Luke’s is seeing an increase in enquiries and site visits as the venue continues to grow in popularity.

Since January, enquiries have increased month on month, with the venue receiving 50% more enquiries and site visits in August than it did in January. Alongside improvements in the market, the venue attributes its success to new investments and developments in its marketing and sales strategies. For a venue whose primary business is not conferences and events but music and education this is particularly positive news in these challenging financial times.

LSO St Luke’s is one of London’s most impressive and stylish venues. The Grade I listed Hawksmoor church celebrated its 10th anniversary as a venue in 2013. More commonly associated with LSO Discovery, the London Symphony Orchestra’s music education programme, its location close to the ‘silicone roundabout’ makes it a popular venue for private and corporate events such as conferences, meetings, award ceremonies and gala dinners.

LSO St Luke’s Sales and Marketing Manager Victoria Steinitz says “The last 12 months have shown LSO St Luke’s continues to go from strength to strength. Selling almost all available dates is a real challenge but we have marketed ourselves strongly. Our figures show a steady increase in enquiries and site visits, which in turn create new business. We have a strong forecast for the Autumn and are confident our success will continue.” 

LSO St Luke’s largest space is the spectacular Jerwood Hall, which has a capacity of 450 people. Internet access and integrated AV equipment are available throughout, and LSO St Luke’s works with a wide variety of approved suppliers and a bespoke event management agency to deliver successful events that exceed the expectations of its diverse client base.


LSO St Luke’s partners with Ultimate Experience for Christmas packages

LSO St Luke’s has once again partnered with Ultimate Experience to offer clients a spectacular Christmas package for the festive season.

The partnership between the London Symphony Orchestra and leading corporate event management company is now in its ninth year and the 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church provides a stunning backdrop for any special occasion.

This year Ultimate Experience has taken inspiration from the venue's musical roots. Bel Canto is a dramatic festive theme that plays on the romance of the gothic era for a dark intrigue and an enchanting atmosphere that will give LSO St Luke's a special sparkle. Christmas parties at this stunning venue can cater for between 80 to 220 people.

'The venue never fails to impress'
Stephen Lawrence, Ultimate Experience

Victoria Steinitz, Sales and Events Manager at LSO St Luke’s comments “Over the years Ultimate Experience has provided guests with fabulous festive parties and we are delighted to continue our partnership with them. Using the venue’s musical background as the theme for this year’s parties is guaranteed to enhance the guest experience and we look forward to welcoming clients old and new through the doors this Christmas.”

Stephen Lawrence at Ultimate Experience comments: “We have run Christmas parties at LSO St Luke’s for nine years and the venue never fails to impress our clients; a great space with a fantastic atmosphere. Working with the LSO team is always a joy and we are very proud to be part of their success story. The venue remains a real favourite and we look forward to the next 10 years.”

Open House London

LSO St Luke’s is one of more than 700 buildings opening to the public during Open House London on Saturday 21 September 2013.  

Open House London celebrates all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods giving people the opportunity to get under the skin of London’s architecture.

In LSO St Luke’s 10th anniversary year, visitors will be given tours of the 18th century, Grade I listed Hawksmoor church. Although a public event, it also provides event organisers the opportunity to find out more about one of London’s most unique and stylish venues.

The project to restore LSO St Luke’s began at the turn of the century and by 2003 it was re-opened as the home of London Symphony Orchestra’s music education programme, LSO Discovery. Its location close to the ‘silicone roundabout’ has also made it a popular venue for private and corporate events such as award ceremonies, receptions, gala dinners and conferences.

Victoria Steinitz, Sales and Marketing Manager at LSO St Luke’s, says “Open House is great way for people to find out more about LSO St Luke’s. While the event is predominantly aimed at the public we are encouraging event organisers to come and experience the atmosphere of the venue and discover why it is an ideal choice for conferences, meetings and events.”

LSO St Luke’s will be open from 10.30am – 12.30pm on Saturday 21 September. Last entry at 12pm.

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