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 😉
To celebrate the tenth year of the London Gay Symphonic Winds, our autumn concert celebrates our history by revisiting some of our favourite pieces from throughout the years. Throw in the usual pomp and circumstance, as well as a few surprises, and this concert promises to be a spectacle to mark the occasion in style!
Tickets on sale now from the LGSW Box Office: https:\\www.ticketsource.co.uk/lgsw
The London Gay Symphonic Winds (LGSW) is calling upon the LGBT community to embrace their inner geek on April 18th at its upcoming concert!
Celebrating its 10th year, the LGSW will be showcasing some of the best geeky music that will appeal to whatever gay geek you are!
Gay gamer geeks can look forward to the themes from Super Mario Bros, World of Warcraft, Halo, Civilization IV (Grammy Award winner), and Kingdom Hearts. Gay sci-fi lovers can geek out to Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and 2001: A Space Odyssey!
Even those with more moderate geekery can release their inner Disney geek with Frozen, and a Night on Bald Mountain; and band geeks can ‘geekgasm’ to a wind band classic, The Year of the Dragon by Phillip Sparke!
Erik Tomlin, Chair of the LGSW, said:
“We have a truly exciting line up of music that every type of geek can recognise, so it really is a concert not to be missed!
“Not sure what type of geek you are? Well, we can help with that too! We’ve even set up a BuzzFeed quiz so you can work out what part of our programme you’ll surely love! Try it now!
“If you’ve geek through and through, we welcome you to dress up in your favourite geeky costume – and you might be lucky and see the band dressed up too!”
The LGSW GEEK Concert takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday 18th April 2015, at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ. Tickets are £8 in advance from lgsw.org.uk, or £10 on the door (£8 on the door for those in geek costume!)
You can try the ‘What type of GEEK are you?’ quiz at:
Buy your tickets now: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/303863
Erik Tomlin, LGSW Chair
The London Gay Symphonic Winds celebrated the holidays with their 3rd annual Christmas Concert on Saturday 13 December at St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate. The concert, titled “Don We Now Our Gay Apparel” featured some holiday standards such as “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” as well as some new takes on old classics, such as Mannheim Steamroller’s version of “Hark The Herald Angels Sing.”
The afternoon concert was extremely well attended and everyone seemed to enjoy the mulled wine and mince pies (we ran out!) throughout the concert. One of the highlights of the day was Pat’s reading of ‘Twelve Days of Christmas (A Correspondence)’ by John Julius Norwich. We do love adding a bit of humor and camp to our Christmas! This was immediately followed by ‘A Mariah Carey Christmas,’ a medley of Mariah’s greatest Christmas hits.
Of course, no Christmas concert would be complete (and certainly not ours) without a performance of Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” but why just play one Leroy Anderson Christmas classic, when you can play two? We followed that with Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” which left the audience (and not to mention the band) feeling quite merry. Or maybe that was just the mulled wine…
The concert was spectacular fun, and the LGSW are looking forward to getting back to rehearsals in January for what is shaping up to be a very exciting Spring Concert. Watch this space!
Our Autumn Concert will be on the 25 October at St. Sepulchre-Without-Newgate.
Also featuring Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Miss Jason!
Tickets are £8 in advance (link below, or from your friendly band member in person!) or £10 at the door.
Band Camp 2014, in Brighton, was my first with the LGSW. It was also possibly the best band camp I have ever done in 15 years of banding.
Our first evening was a simple social get together in some of Kemp Towns bars, seeing some the rather unique acts Brighton has to offer. The band always makes for a good laugh when we’re out and about and this was no exception.
All pictures thanks to Chris Doyle
With a few sore heads on Saturday morning we set about our marathon 6 hour rehearsal. We had a full band of over 30 players for the weekend, including a few guest players helping us out. The long rehearsal meant that the band was able to really work on some tough bits of music without the pressure time. With our headaches firmly blown away, we were able to rehearse more or less an entire concert worth of music in one day…That’s 12 pieces!
Unlike a normal 2 hour rehearsal, once we were warmed up and getting going we were able to really get our heads down and really focus on the dots on the page. The musicians work fantastically together to produce a great sound, but being able to play for that much longer in one sitting means we can adjust our playing and try new things with each piece to get the best possible sound.
This hard work left all of us hungry for a group dinner and a few drinks, resulting in one of the funnest nights of the summer.
On the Sunday, we put on a concert of everything we’d rehearsed the day before. Our performance in the Brighton Dome attracted quite a few passers by, eventually giving us an audience of a few hundred very appreciative listeners. The band looked amazing, and were an absolute pleasure to conduct for the afternoon, with their exceptional hard work showing throughout. A lot of the music was brand new to the us and really required some tough rehearsing, but the band sounded possibly the best I’ve ever heard them!
To hear just how amazing the LGSW sounds, come and see us at Hampstead Heath on Sunday, August 24th, or Clapham Common on Saturday September 13th!
London Gay Symphonic Winds is a registered charity no. 1160679