Friday 6 March 2020

The London Orchestra Project returns to LSO St Luke's with RVW, Britten & Mozart

James Ham conducting the London Orchestra Project
James Ham conducting the London Orchestra Project
Founded by Stephen Bryant, leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and conductor James Ham, the London Orchestra Project features some of the UK’s best orchestral players sitting side-by-side outstanding students and recent graduates from London’s music colleges in a 50/50 split. The orchestra thus becomes a means for students and graduates on the cusp of a professional orchestral career to directly benefit from the knowledge and insight from some of the UK’s most experienced orchestral musicians.

The London Orchestra Project made its debut in 2015, and performed Richard Strauss, Bartok and Ligeti at LSO St Luke's in 2018. Now the orchestra returns and conducted by James Ham will be performing RVW's Concerto Grosso, Britten’s Simple Symphony and Mozart’s Symphony no. 36 ‘Linz’. RVW's Concerto Grosso was written in 1950 for performance by the Rural Schools Music Association conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. The work splits the strings into three groups of differing ability, Concertino (Advanced), Tutti (Intermediate), and Ad Lib (Novice) playing only on open strings, though this part is optional. Britten's Simple Symphony was written in 1934 and premiered by an amateur orchestra in Norwich, for the work Britten re-used themes from music he had composed as a teenager.

Students and recent graduates from the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire will sit alongside players from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, orchestra of English National Ballet, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan, orchestra of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Mozart Players, BBC Concert Orchestra and former members of the Kreuzer Quartet and Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Further information from the London Orchestra Project website.

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