Thursday, November 4, 2010

Young Performers - November 2010

The penultimate concert of the Young Performers' Concert Series generated a modest but enthusiastic audience. The soloist Stephanie Oade (cello) accompanied by Daniel Swain on piano, performed a fantastically varied programme with style and panache. The concert began with Handel's Sonata in G minor which tied in splendidly with the Foundling Museum's Gerald Coke Handel collection. Then onto the spine tingling Elegie by Faure, a performance that sent shivers through the audience. To finish? A zealous Beethoven Sonata in A major which brought the recital to an outstanding end. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
As ever, our thanks go to the Musicians Benevolent Fund for their sponsorship and the Foundling Museum for providing this wonderful venue.

Please be sure to mark the 2nd December in your diaries, it is the last concert of our series and features three young performers from the Purcell School.

For more information about the Young Performers Concert Series or any of our concerts please see our website ( or contact the office (0207 823 5523).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May/June Events

The last two months have been very busy for the New London Orchestra. Just some of the highlights include performing the world premier of Ronald Corp's The Ice Mountain at the end of March with the New London Children's Choir, the Bach B Minor Mass with the Highgate Choral Society and Handel's Messiah with the London Chorus. Last weekend also saw us recording The Ice Mountain at Angel Studios so we are very excited about hearing the final CD towards the end of the this space!!

In addition to all of this we have had two more fantastic concerts in the
Young Performers Concert Series by Violinst Charlotte Bonneton and most recently, Kate Hainsworth on Horn. The next one will be on Thursday 3 June with Soprano Eleanor Dennis (pictured) which promises to be just as enjoyable and the perfect way to spend your lunchtime!

The concerts are FREE with entry to the Foundling Museum (£7.50), but we do have 6 compimentary passes to give away for this concert! If you want to apply for one of these passes, click here to email Antonia with your full name and she will let you know whether you have been successful in due course.
If you are free on Saturday evening this week, why not come along to see members of our brass section playing with the Highgate Choral Society at St Michael's Church Highgate in a Brass Anthems concert which should not be missed! Click here for more info and tickets.
We hope to see you soon at one of our future events, but in the meantime keep up to date with happenings on the website and on facebook!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Young Performers: March 2010

We kicked off our Young Performers Concert Series for 2010 with oboist Peter Facer who performed an extremely varied programme aided by his accompanist, fellow MBF prize winner Cordelia Williams. The recital included Paul Patterson's "Phoenix Sonata" for Oboe and Piano (a world premiere!) which was fiendishly difficult for both performers but thoroughly enjoyable for the audience! Also in the programme, an Insect Etude for Solo Oboe - "Praying Mantis" composed by Peter himself who described it as "pleasantly quirky". We were also treated to works by Britten and Schumann. A great way to start off the series and many thanks to the Foundling Museum for their help in getting the series underway. I personally cannot wait for the next installment on 1st April when we will be joined by violinist Charlotte Bonneton. For more details click here

Friday, February 12, 2010

Young Performers Concert Series 2010

That's right, the Young Performers Concert Series is back!

Our wonderful concerts assistant has been busy finalising details, designing flyer's and emailing the series programme to many a person. Tickets are free with entry to the Foundling Museum (a bargain at £7.50) and concerts will take place on the first Thursday of every month between March and December, but don't worry we will be reminding you each time one is coming up!

Opening the 2010 series is oboist Peter Facer (above) on Thursday 4 March, 1pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Moving on

It's with great sadness that I am writing to all our blog followers that I will be leaving the New London Orchestra today. I have had an absolutely brilliant year with the NLO, putting together some truly different and exciting concerts all over the capital and starting to build a really strong base in Stratford which I have become very attached to. Some real highlights for me have been the Peter & the Wolf concert back in March, when the NLO launched its concert activity in East London with a huge gala performance. I worked on both the education project in all the schools leading up to the concert, and then ran the event on the day and had a great time with all our brilliant players and the fab staff at the Stratford Rex, who were so delighted to have us.

Another highlight most recently has been the Snowman concert, which really has rounded off a fantastic year in the East of London - selling out to over 300 families and children who were transfixed by the beautiful Raymond Briggs story. Once again, as is always the case with a small team, I organised and ran the whole event, even down to operating the film and screen on the day - very nervewracking, but totally worth it when we pulled it off!

There are so many other brilliant initiatives I have been involved in here that I couldn't possibly mention them all; from the Young Performers Concert Series at the beautiful Foundling Museum, to the fantastic folk at the Highgate Choral Society who do such a great job of putting together the concerts we are lucky to play in with them. I've listened to our fantastic players get through such a range of music this year - starting with Bacewicz recording sessions in a freezing cold church in February, to Elgar's Apostles at the Barbican, to Janeck's Glagoltic Mass in another cold church this November. Considering we often only rehearse on the day of an event, I am always overwhelmed by the incredible playing of our musicians and their dedication to this orchestra and I will miss them all very much.

But anyway, that's enough from me for now. I am pleased to hand over the reigns of both the Concert & Project Management, and the blog, to my successor Kirsten Mackay. I'm sure her blog updates will keep you entertained and up-to-date in 2010.

Merry Christmas!

P.S. Listen again to Sleigh Ride at Stratford Circus on 6th December on our YouTube channel here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Snowman - almost sold out already!

Thought I'd let our blog followers know about the huge success we're having with our latest East London Concert Series - our performance of The Snowman has already sold over 200 tickets. Looks like our mission to create concerts that are family friendly and accessible to everyone is starting to gain followers. We're also excited that the highly popular text voting will make a come back, so that audience members can select one of their favourite pieces to hear again at the end of the concert.

Here's an extract from the press release I've sent out:

The New London Orchestra returns to Stratford Circus on the 6th December to perform a pioneering interactive Christmas concert for families in East London. Featuring innovative audience text voting during the concert, and introductions from the stage by Artistic Director Ronald Corp, the concert will attract new audiences in East London that rarely get the chance to experience an orchestral performance up close.

Continuing its presence in East London, The Snowman concert will be the fourth orchestral performance the New London Orchestra has given in Stratford this year, designing concerts and programmes specifically to make orchestral music as accessible as possible in an area underserved by professional ensembles.
To headline the round-up of festive favourites, the Orchestra will accompany Raymond Briggs’ hugely popular film The Snowman, which will be shown on screen above the orchestra as they play the well-loved soundtrack by Howard Blake, live.

Artistic Director Ronald Corp explains: “Together with The Snowman, I have chosen a fantastic range of festive and fairy-tale themed music for this concert. Our events are always fun and informal which is what has made them increasingly popular in East London. Our audience text-voting initiative is completely different from anything other orchestras are doing at the moment. It’s fantastic to give the audience the responsibility for picking part of the programme and always fascinating to find out what people like best – it’s not always what you expect!”

Stratford Circus Events Manager Gary Wilson agrees: “We received excellent feedback from our audiences that attended the New London Orchestra concert here in May and knew that when they returned we would have a great response. That’s already proving the case, with the concert selling phenomenally well. Our family audiences recognise these concerts are a fantastic opportunity to engage with a live orchestra, something that rarely happens in East London.”


If you want to get your hands on tickets, you'd better be quick, click here to go straight to the Box Office.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Michael Hurd recording sessions

I don't know how many of our blog followers are of the same generation as me, but I certainly have fond memories of my youth in choirs singing the works of Michael Hurd - primarily the fantastic Jonah-Man Jazz - anyone else?!

So I was absolutely delighted to find out when I started the job here that the New London Orchestra would be providing our principal players to record some of Michael Hurd's best known works - Jonah-Man Jazz, Captain Coram's Kids, Swingin' Samson and Rooster Rag. The music is a fantastically catchy mix of jazz and pop, and during the recording session that happened this Sunday, the New London Children's Choir obviously really enjoyed a lot of the choruses which had great tunes.

The recordings took place once again in the freezing cold St Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb. Whilst being a beautiful building, it's absolutely chilling in the winter months, which seems to be the only time we book recording sessions there! So I spent the day wrapped up in my coat, plying the players with hot tea, coffee and a good tray of M&S chocolate biscuits that were appreciated (so much so they were all gone by the end of the first session, sorry Nick and Dave!). We'll let you know when the disc is due for release, on Naxos - hopefully early next year. In the meantime, enjoy this snippet I caught on my iPhone of Jonah-Man Jazz.