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Sales and Events Co-ordinator makes shortlist for Event Photography Awards
Chris Cashman, Sales and Events Co-ordinator at LSO St Luke’s, has been named as a finalist in the Best Amateur Photography category at the Event Photography Awards (EPAs).
Launched by Off to Work, the EPAs are designed to be a celebration of the incredible and diverse nature of the events and hospitality industry. The Best Amateur Photography category is open to all amateur photographers, whether event industry professionals or a member of the public.
Entries are judged on technical quality, visual aesthetic, content and general characteristics by a panel of experts including internationally-acclaimed photographer David Loftus, award-winning designer and entrepreneur Paul Daly, editor of Square Meal Venues & Events, Annica Wainwright, and Off to Work Managing Director Philip Atkins.
Chris submitted two photographs to the competition – The Tech Desk and The Get In, which capture the essence of what makes the event industry exciting and memorable.
Winners of the EPAs will be announced tonight (Tuesday April 8) at the London Irish Centre, Camden. All shortlisted and winning photographs will be displayed at the Centre throughout April for the Event Photography Awards Exhibition and at the Square Meal Venues & Event Live exhibition in September.
Chris comments: “I’m delighted my photographs have been shortlisted for the Event Photography Awards. I became interested in photography about 18 months ago after taking some archival photos with our office camera. My role at LSO St Luke’s is so varied I get to see many different aspects of the industry. I wanted to capture this through photography to show people a different side to events – in this case, a back-of-house perspective.”
LSO St Luke's extends approved florists list
LSO St Luke’s has added Lavender Green and Pinstripes & Peonies to its list of approved florists. These two companies join a comprehensive set of caterers and other top industry suppliers including event producers Grey Hare and Peppermint Diva, allowing the venue to offer clients a wide variety of industry professionals to support their events.
As the florist most accredited within the Unique Venues of London group, Lavender Green has an enviable reputation as one of the best in the capital with over 18 years’ experience decorating wonderful weddings, private parties and corporate events. Managing Director Sue Barnes leads a top team offering a depth of knowledge and range of designs that are second to none.
Entrepreneur Ruari McCulloch decided after working for some of the most prestigious event companies in London that there was space for another type of florist and set up Pinstripes & Peonies to offerstunning floral design alongside a ‘can do’ attitude and cheerful dedication to events both large and small.
LSO St Luke’s Sales and Marketing Manager Victoria Steinitz comments “Having first published our list of recommended florists in 2012 we are really excited about its recent expansion; the introduction of two new companies gives our clients a deeper insight into the industry and a greater range from which to choose the right team to work on their events. Lavender Green and Pinstripes & Peonies have both won business at LSO St Luke’s before and we look forward to strengthening our partnerships with Sue and Rauri in the months to come.”
Perhaps better known as the London Symphony Orchestra’s pioneering music education and community centre, LSO St Luke’s is a stunning venue offering flexible, contemporary facilities to hire for arts, corporate and private events. Over the last ten years the Jerwood Hall, its beautiful central space, has become a highly desirable venue for conferences, dinners, receptions, award ceremonies and gala dinners, and its location just yards from the Silicon Roundabout makes it ideal for start-ups and City firms alike.
LSO St Luke’s to host Association of British Orchestras annual conference
After a break of nearly 25 years, on Wednesday 29 January 2014 the Association of British Orchestras returns to the Capital for its annual conference, to be hosted by the London Symphony Orchestra in association with the Barbican Centre.
Opening at LSO St Luke’s with a panel session examining whether classical music can contribute to a city’s economic and social success, the busy three-day agenda is packed with crucial debate, networking and analysis of the future of the orchestral sector in the UK and around the world. The event will be broadcast by Principal Media Partner Classic FM.
As arts organisations contend with financial crises and industrial disputes, and as our politicians obsess about how we need to get better at asking and acquire better ‘enterprise’ skills, the conference this year looks at New Directions, particularly in funding, audiences and music education. Other topics under the microscope will be learning from other art-forms, the film industry and new approaches to musicians’ wellbeing.
The prestigious conference dinner will take place in the lofty splendour of LSO St Luke’s Jerwood Hall, which has become increasingly popular for a wide variety of corporate and private events. This exclusive occasion will recognise top performers in orchestral administration alongside the recipient of the unique ABO Award, supported by Rhinegold Publishing and voted for by members.
On the second evening, the full force of the LSO will be unleashed at a concert in the Barbican Hall, with music by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Brahms and Walton, under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.
Keith Motson, ABO Membership & Communications Manager says “Holding our event in London will give more delegates the opportunity to join in productive conversations the ABO Conference always provides. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new for three unmissable days of high-level debate and learning.”
Whilst Kathryn McDowell, LSO Managing Director, reflects “This is an excellent example of creative organisations working together, with ABO members from across the UK benefitting from the unique partnership between the London Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican. The ABO conference is integral to an orchestra manager’s diary and we are honoured to host the opening session and dinner at our magnificent venue on Old Street.”
LSO St Luke’s is home to the London Symphony Orchestra’s ground-breaking music education and community programme, LSO Discovery. Its central space, the Jerwood Hall, can accommodate up to 250 people seated to meet or dine, whilst retaining the flexibility to welcome as many as 450 for a standing reception.