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LSO St Luke’s will host the Lovie Awards for the fourth consecutive year on 11 November 2014.

The event is expected to attract 400 people and will take place at the venue’s Jerwood Hall. The awards will be hosted by writer and TV presenter Mark Dolan and will be followed by an exclusive after party.
The Lovie Awards, presented by Google and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, recognise the unique nature of the European Internet community from Europe’s top web and creative networks and content publishers, to cultural and political organisations and bedroom bloggers.
“LSO St Luke’s has become integral to the success of Lovies and its location close to the Old Street roundabout and burgeoning East London tech scene is perfect for our winners and other guests,” says Steve Marchese, Executive Producer of the Lovie Awards.
Winners set to be recognised on the night include Jamie Oliver as Lovie Person of the Year and Vogue as Lovie Best Design.
LSO St Luke’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Victoria Steinitz, says: “Having worked with the organising team from the outset we are delighted to be hosting the Lovie Awards ceremony for a fourth year.”



LSO St Luke's expands team alongside staff promotions

Historical events venue LSO St Luke’s has expanded its team and promoted two long-standing staff members following a successful year.

Nathan Budden joins the team in the role of Stage Manager. Nathan, who has previous experience working at the Sydney Opera House, brings a fresh face to the venue as it approaches the 2014/15 season.   

Alongside this new appointment, LSO has also promoted two of its own staff. Lucy Walker has become Senior Events Manager. Lucy has been working with LSO since starting an internship in 2007 within the education team where she proved her ongoing commitment and now leads the events team with relentless enthusiasm and positivity.

Christopher Cashman, who has been at LSO St Luke’s for over three years, takes on the role of Events Manager after being recognised for his hard work and experience. He will be leading on a large number of artistic, corporate and private events.

Meanwhile Victoria Moran has been appointed as LSO St Luke’s new Administrative Assistant and will be supporting the events team and wider venue operations with office services, financial systems and front-line enquiries.

LSO St Luke’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Victoria Steinitz, says: “This is an exciting time for LSO St Luke’s and I am delighted we have expanded the team. We’re looking forward to getting to know Nathan and Vicky as they settle into their roles, while rewarding Lucy and Chris with well-earned promotion after years of hard work and dedication.”



LSO St Luke's sees 50% rise in hospitality and networking tagged onto event bookings

LSO St Luke’s today reports a 50 per cent increase in year-on-year meetings and events that have added a hospitality or networking element onto the end of them for the period August 2013 to July 2014. The venue has also noticed an increase in larger events that span two days, usually with hospitality in between.

LSO St Luke’s, which has the capacity to host up to 450 people for events in its central Jerwood Hall, believes the increase is a good sign the market is continuing to recover and that clients have more to spend.

Sales and Marketing Manager, Victoria Steinitz, says: “We have noticed more people travelling to attend events at the venue, not just from the UK but also from international destinations. For technology events in particular, delegates attend from across the globe meaning their trips are more worthwhile if the event is delivered over consecutive days, almost always with a social element or networking event at the end of day one.

“Though this is a good sign the market is picking up, clients are still looking to get the maximum value for their money by adding value to their events, perhaps by having two events in one, such as the business element and the social. Tagging on networking to the events proves the need for face-to-face conversations; not all business is done by email and Twitter!”

The venue hosted 354 events in the 2013/14 year, which were a mixture of conferences, Christmas parties, seated dinners, receptions and other events. Among those was a 17 per cent increase in award ceremonies and an 11 per cent increase in clients using the venue for filming.

Enquiries for the venue were also up in its end of financial year results and between January and August this year LSO St Luke’s has seen a 45 per cent increase in enquiries compared with the same period in 2013.

Victoria Steinitz adds: “We have recorded strong results in the last year and are starting a new financial year on a positive high following eight months of great enquiries. Only by maximising income from external event hire can we continue to offer world-class music-making facilities in our unique Grade I listed venue.”

JULY 2014

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.”

JUNE 2014

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.”

APRIL 2014

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.



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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