London Gay Symphonic Winds’ next concert will be ‘Fit for a Queen!’. The concert, on October 7th, will feature music themed around kings, princesses and royalty of all kinds!
If you’ve been living life on the poop deck, London Gay Symphonic Winds’ next concert is guaranteed to raise your spirits aloft. Celebrating maritime music from the lyrical to the cheeky, LGSW will be sailing with The Flying Dutchman, The Pirates of the Caribbean and The Little Mermaid, as they go cruising Beyond the Sea. Whether you’d prefer to board the HMS Pinafore or the Padstow Lifeboat, LGSW will be spanning the ocean with both British and American Sea Songs.
The evening will be hosted by the hilarious Cally Beaton, who will be steering the ship as the band navigate all kinds of weather, from the stormy squalls of Wagner to the smooth seas of Enya.
LGSW’s “Hello Sailor” concert is at 7:30 on 22nd April at St Sepulchre Without Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ. Tickets are £7.50 if booked in advance, or £10 on the door.
Come and join London Gay Symphonic Winds for their annual festive concert on December 10th at 3pm. This afternoon concert will be packed full of fun medleys, festive classics and some new discoveries, all served with LGSW’s usual flair.
The concert is taking place at 3.00pm on 10th December at St Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2DQ. Tickets cost £7.50 in advance and £10 on the door.
London Gay Symphonic Winds’ next concert will be themed around the Seven Deadly Sins. The event, taking place on October 8th at St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, will be hosted by hilarious London-based comedian Cally Beaton.
Cally will be your guide as LGSW explores Wrath with ‘Mars, The Bringer of War’ from Holst’s Planet Suite, goes green with Envy with ‘Selections from Wicked’ and even indulges in a bit of Lust with music from Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Together with that, you’ll enjoy music from musicals such as ’Chicago’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, enjoy timeless classics from Debussy and Elgar and even take a trip to Middle Earth for music from ‘The Hobbits’.
‘Seven Deadly Sins’ promises to be an ‘sin-sational’ evening of humour, emotion and great tunes.
The concert is taking place at 7.30pm on 8th October at St Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2DQ. Tickets cost £8 in advance and £10 on the door.
We are very excited to have Lewis Delivett as our new co-MD. Lewis started as co-MD earlier this summer, and he and Ben have been working hard for the last few months at our summer bandstand gigs that have taken place in Hampstead Heath, Greenwich and Victoria Park. Lewis also also arranged for LGSW to play as part of the Griffin Arts Festival, which took place at the school in Leyton where Lewis also teaches.
On April 9th 2016, LGSW went on an adventure in music with a fantastic family-friendly concert held at St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the City of London. The concert featured crowdpleasing classics such as Mary Poppins and the William Tell Overture, and was compered by the fantastic Robert Gildon.
The audience included a huge number of children who were captivated by the music as well as the demonstrations of the different instruments of the band. A couple of children even tried their hand at conducting!
Now LGSW are looking forward to their summer bandstand season – so come and join us for more fun and adventures.
After a tightly-fought application process, the LGSW has recruited a new Musical Director! Joining our existing illustrious leader, Katrina Lauder, we welcome oboist Ben Marshall to our ranks.
Ben is an alumnus of Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is an oboist with extensive performance experience, having played Principal Oboe for the Southern Sinfonia, Guest Principal Oboe for the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and Ulster Orchestra, and Cor Anglais for the Cinematic Sinfonia and the British Sinfonietta. Ben also teaches Oboe and Bassoon at various schools and youth orchestras.
We’re delighted to have Ben on board. He’ll be conducting the LGSW alongside Katrina at our Spring concert: “Adventures in Music: A Concert for all Ages”. Come and see him in action!
The LGSW is going on tour! This year, the band is heading to Amsterdam for its annual ‘band camp’. And whilst we’re out there, we’ll be putting on a special concert in the heart of the magnificent Dutch city.
On Sunday 2nd August, we’ll be performing some of our favourite light-hearted crowd-pleasers at the Amstel church, with a repertoire to perfectly complement the end of Dutch Gay Pride Week 2015.
You can check out our Dutch-partner’s website here with all the details. You can either buy tickets on the door on the night, or in advance through the Stads Herstel website (or if your Dutch is a little shakey, you can click here for a link to the English ticket site!). Tickets are €10 each.
We hope to see you there!
After a few years of some quite damp weather, the 2015 London Pride march enjoyed glorious sunshine throughout. Playing some of our favourite crowd-pleasers, the LGSW had the honour this year of being the leading group in this march, right behind the official flag bearers. London was out in force, making for a fantastic way to demonstrate equality, tolerance and solidarity. We’re already planning for next year’s march, so make sure you come and see us in 2016! A few photos below, but check out the rest on our Facebook page…
As is traditional for the LGSW during the Summer, we will be performing at a number of open-air bandstand gigs around London…come and listen to us for FREE!
If you’re just out for a jog, taking the dog for a walk, or simply enjoying the magnificence of London’s parks in the sunshine*, come along and enjoy a mix of our crowdpleasing tunes!
Summer Bandstand Dates
Sunday 7th June 3-5pm: Parliament Hill Bandstand, Hampstead Heath NW5 1QR
Saturday 20th June 3-5pm: Clapham Common Bandstand, Clapham Common SW4 9BS
Sunday 16th August 3-5pm: Greenwich Bandstand, Greenwich Park SE10 8QY
For all bandstands, please check local maps at the park for the exact bandstand location if you don’t know where it is!
*Come on, let’s be realistic here, it’s Britain…sunshine not guaranteed. But it’s still fun in the drizzle 😉
London Gay Symphonic Winds is a registered charity no. 1160679