We are delighted to welcome Anna Tabor to the LGSW family as our new Co-MD. Anna joins Dan Allen in heading up the band, and we couldn’t be more delighted with our fantastic musical team taking our rehearsals, conducting our concerts and driving the direction of the band.
On 21st April, London Gay Symphonic Winds took to the floor with an evening of music designed to make you move!
‘Let’s Dance’ twirled the audience into an exciting programme of music written for dancing, waltzing through Shostakovich (Waltz No. 2), strutting through Stravinsky (Pulcinella Suite) and even getting down with some more modern disco favourites (David Bowie! Steps! Donna Summer!).
It was a night of great music, insanely good sax and trumpet solos and lots of fun, all compered by the delightful and hilarious Cally Beaton (QI).
‘Let’s Dance’ took place at 7.30 on 21st April 2018 at St. Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane EC3R 8EE.
LGSW’s annual Christmas concert took place at 3pm on December 9th at St Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2DQ.
It was a fantastic festive celebration with music ranging from The Nightmare Before Christmas and A Mariah Carey Christmas right across to Alfred Reed’s dramatic Russian Christmas Music.
There were also mince pies and Christmas jumpers. Because it’s traditional.
London Gay Symphonic Winds’ Autumn 2017 concert was ‘Fit for a Queen!’. The concert, on October 7th, featured music themed around kings, princesses and royalty of all kinds!
If you had been living life on the poop deck, London Gay Symphonic Winds’ Spring 2017 concert was guaranteed to raise your spirits aloft. Celebrating maritime music from the lyrical to the cheeky, LGSW sailed with The Flying Dutchman, The Pirates of the Caribbean and The Little Mermaid, and went cruising Beyond the Sea. Whether you prefered to board the HMS Pinafore or the Padstow Lifeboat, LGSW spanned the ocean with both British and American Sea Songs.
The evening was hosted by the hilarious Cally Beaton, who steered the ship as the band navigated all kinds of weather, from the stormy squalls of Wagner to the smooth seas of Enya.
LGSW’s “Hello Sailor” concert was at 7:30 on 22nd April at St Sepulchre Without Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ.
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!
London Gay Symphonic Winds is a registered charity no. 1160679