The Story so far…
The orchestra was originally formed at the request of the English National Opera, to accompany their visiting ballet companies such as the Bolshoi, Australian, Canadian, Moscow, Berlin, and Stuttgart companies and the Japanese Takarazuka Dance Theatre. Before long it was performing at the Sadler’s Wells and touring across the country with the Bolshoi and Moscow ballet companies.
This led to performances with major choral societies such as the Royal Choral Society, the London Welsh Choral Society and the Malcolm Sargent Choral Society, performing at the Royal Albert and Festival Halls. Work with young people began with regular performances on the South Bank and at the Fairfield Halls. Then came gala concerts at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and performances in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Edward.
Invitations also came from outdoor concert promoters. Soon the orchestra was performing regularly all over Britain with cross-over groups and pop groups as well as classically trained artists. In the Jubilee year it was honoured to be invited to Chatsworth House to perform a very special concert to over five thousand people in the private gardens of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
The L.G.O. moved from concert stage to dance floor when it was invited to play, over many years, for the Johan Strauss Society of Great Britain’s Annual Ball, under the baton of the renowned Viennese expert John Georgiadis. At the same time the orchestra began to develop its own brand of New Year Viennese concerts, combing popular appeal with new and exciting formats. The L.G.O. has now promoted their own New Year concerts for over twenty six years, becoming an integral part of celebrations for thousands of people.
As well as continuing to work in all these areas, the orchestra likes undertaking new projects. In 2017 it was asked to play for the outdoors Proms Concert at Castle Howard and has made a repeat visit this summer. Following on from this the L.G.O. now gives regular Proms concerts for English Heritage at Guisborough Priory. Recently the orchestra has performed in a series of concerts at St. Martin’s in the Field in London, as well as working on new opera projects in Cardiff and London. It will be appearing at the Royal Albert Hall this autumn with the Polish Opera.
Placido Domingo, Sir Thomas Allen, Josephine Barstow, Lesley Garrett, Sarah Chang, Willard White, Benjamin Grosvenor, Evelyn Glennie, Paul Potts, Russell Watson, Aled Jones, Hayley Westenra, Jonathan Ansell, G4, Opera Babes
Royal Albert Hall, London Coliseum, Sadler’s Wells, Royal Festival Halls, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, St. Martin’s In the Field, Cadogan Hall, Chatsworth House, Castle Howard, Stansted House, West Wycombe House, Lyceum Theatre in London, plus theatres in Darlington, Salisbury , Epsom, Bath, Cheltenham
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