Event highlights from recent years.
An evening with the Orchestra's percussion section
Following the very popular evenings we have held over the past few years, we continued the theme with a behind-the-scenes look at the percussion section. London Philharmonic Orchestra supporters enjoyed an insightful and light hearted look into this section with Co-Principal Percussionist Andrew Barclay, held at our regular rehearsal venue Henry Wood Hall. Supporters were treated to a very special performance demonstrating the interesting and unusual percussion instruments used in the Lord of the Rings film music. The performance was coupled with a drinks reception on arrival and a post-performance supper where guests enjoyed chatting to musicians and staff.
The Orchestra would like to thank Villa Maria wines and Henry Wood Hall for their support of this event.
Private Viewing of Miró at Tate Modern
London Philharmonic Orchestra supporters were given an exclusive chance to visit this must-see exhibition for 2011 which was filled with astonishing, beautiful and striking paintings by one of the greats of modern art, Joan Miró. It was a rare opportunity to enjoy more than 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints from moments across the six decades of his extraordinary career as works came to London in the first major retrospective here for nearly 50 years.
Reception at German Ambassador’s Residence
Thomas Beecham Group patrons and Principal Benefactors were invited to a very special event featuring an interview with Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski, kindly hosted by the German Ambassador at his private residence in celebration summer 2011’s Glyndebourne performance of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg. The evening featured a wonderful performance of songs by bass Matthew Rose, as well as an interview with Vladimir Jurowski, by LPO Trustee Clive Marks, exploring the relationship between language and music.
The Annual Fundraising Gala
Each season our special events calendar culminates in the Orchestra’s Annual Fundraising Gala. This sumptuous black tie evening includes a performance and formal dinner and is held each year in a prestigious London venue. Past events have included an evening at St James’s Palace with renowned pianist Lang Lang, a Russian themed Gala at London’s Guildhall, a glamorous evening at the Banqueting House with international soloist Sergey Khachatryan, a midsummer’s evening at Lincoln’s Inn, a spectacular 75th Anniversary Gala in the beautiful setting of The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, a intriguing peek inside Freemanons’ Hall, and a special vocal performance given by Matthew Rose and Sally Matthews with piano accompaniment by Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. The grand surroundings of London’s Guildhall provided a spectacular backdrop to the 2011 Gala evening. Hosted by the Trustees of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the event was this year held in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent KG, Patron of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and included a performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf narrated by actor Simon Callow. Gala 2011 was dedicated to raising funds for that which is at the heart of the organisation; the musicians, the artists with whom we work, and the critically acclaimed music that they produce together.
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Thomas Beecham Group Dinner hosted by the Finnish Ambassador
London Philharmonic Orchestra Thomas Beecham Group patrons were invited to a private dinner to mark the Orchestra’s Sibelius Cycle being given from 27 January – 5 February 2010. World-renowned for his interpretation of Sibelius’ music, Osmo Vänska joined us for an intimate evening of music and discussion which offered patrons a unique insight into the music of this fascinating Finnish composer and the musicians who brought to life during the Cycle. The evening was kindly hosted by the Finnish Ambassador at his private residence and also celebrated the support given to the London Philharmonic Orchestra by the members of the Thomas Beecham Group.
Thomas Pink: A Tailor Made Evening
Luxury British shirt maker Thomas Pink, hosted an evening soiree at their flagship Jermyn Street store. Guests enjoyed a glass of bubbly while mingling with other LPO Contemporaries members and LPO staff, with members of the Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme providing a musical background to the evening.
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