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Kurt Sanderling and Rachmaninov: from Two Sides of Life

This morning I found myself engaged in an unusual Sunday morning activity (although less so in this house) crawling around on my hands and knees rummaging through the bottom shelf of the book cases in a long-neglected section: my beloved LP collection. Whilst the cassette tapes and CDs have long since been confined to the…

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We Make History Every Time We Play: 21 years of Europe’s oldest LGBTQI orchestra

Building our history through our archives The orchestra has now reached its 21st anniversary year, our archivist Richard Wiltshire reflects on how the LGSO’s archive has been formed, features highlights in the collection and plans for the future to make the items available to researchers. I’m a professionally-trained archivist. Over the past 14 years I…

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Love and (iii) Romanza

It was my childhood parish priest, a kind man with an acerbic wit by the name Robert Ivan Jones who once recounted meeting the aging Ralph Vaughan Williams when the composer visited Hereford Cathedral.  Robert’s enduring memory was of RVW being offered the hallowed “Bishop’s Chair”, normally strictly reserved for the incumbent primate.  This was…

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Bruises on the chin – a necessary evil

My name is Jimmy and I play sectional viola with the London Gay Symphony – certainly in my opinion a greater and frankly superior instrument than the dainty violin. Ahem. You can keep your viola jokes however on occasion, especially after the longer rehearsals, I do question why as I’m left with a particularly cruel…

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Tender fingers and fiendish octaves

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 Hello! I’m George Hoult, and I’ll be coming to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the LGSO on the 21st of February. I’m really excited about this performance – this much-loved piece is revered by many as one of the great romantic cello works, so when the opportunity arose to come and perform it with…

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She’s back… Returning to the orchestra

My name is Francis and I’m a microbiologist for the NHS. It’s been over two years since I last played with the LGSO, in the second violins. I always enjoyed playing in the orchestra and found that it was a nice break from reality. Sadly for me work became very busy and there was a…

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Carnival at the Dome, Actually!

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In addition to our core programme of concerts at St Sepulchre, the LGSO does like to get together with other groups for something a little different. In 2015 this included a Masked Ball or two and a Promenade Concert in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens complete with a firework finale, and our 20th anniversary year is already…

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Read all about it… on our new blog

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If you’re a regular visitor to our website, you’ll have noticed we mainly use it to share information about upcoming concerts, and as a way for potential players and volunteers to get in touch. We think there’s a lot more we can share through this site and across social media. In particular, we want to…

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