LSO Friends in 2014/15
Each season, LSO Friends support an LSO concert at the Barbican, a range of LSO Discovery projects and also endow the chair of a Principal LSO musician. We also hold regular exclusive events for LSO Friends where you can meet the players and gain an insight into the workings of the Orchestra.
For the 2014/15 season, LSO Friends are supporting the following range of projects:
The LSO Friends supported concert for the 2014/15 season was on 18 December 2014 with Nikolai Znaider conducting Mahler's Symphony No 1, and Rudolf Buchbinder playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4. We welcomed a number of LSO Friends to the Barbican Backstage to enjoy a pre-concert drink and a chat with a few members of the Orchestra.
LSO Discovery projects
For the 2014/15 season LSO Friends are supporting: The Children’s Hospitals Programme, which provides music-making workshops for children in hospitals; Early Years Outreach Projects, a range of projects aimed providing young children with their first interactive musical experiences; and the LSO Youth Choir, which has been running very successfully since its establishment by Gareth Malone in 2004.
The LSO Friends Chair Endow for 2014/15 is Principal Clarinet, Chris Richards. Chris studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won the Needlemakers’ Wind Prize and reached the finals of the 2001 Shell/LSO Competition in which he performed Weber’s First Concerto with the LSO. After his studies he was appointed principal clarinet with the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage Gateshead and in 2010 became principal clarinet with the LSO. He has also performed as a guest principal with most of the UK’s leading orchestras.
LSO Friends Events
Take a look at our recent events for a flavour of what we offer LSO Friends, as well as what's still to come!
19 Nov 2014 - Tour of the Handel House Museum
Handel House Museum was home to the great baroque composer George Frideric Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759, and where he composed works including Messiah, Zadok the Priest and Music for the Royal Fireworks. Our group of LSO Friends was guided around the Museum by a specialist volunteer before enjoying a private 30 minute recital with harpsichord and a singer in the intimate Rehearsal & Performance Room where Handel himself once entertained his guests.
18 Dec 2014 - Friends Supported Concert and Reception
Friends coming to this exclusive backstage drinks reception will have the opportunity to meet other Friends and discuss the highlights of the season so far. The Friends will also have a chance to chat with some of the musicians before they join Nikolaj Znaider on the Barbican stage to perform Beethoven and Mahler.
LSO Friends Chair Endow recital
Principal Clarinet Chris Richards will give a recital in April at the Barbican Centre exclusively for LSO Friends. Guests will be treated to a top quality chamber performance and invited to join us for food and drinks afterwards.
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