Send-off the weekend in style with some Russian classics2016 is LGSO’s twentieth year, but before they jump on Eurostar for a celebratory tour (to Cologne, hosted by the Rainbow Symphony Orchestra) they squeeze in one more gig at their London home, St Sepulchre. Music comes courtesy of Northern European neighbours Finland and Russia – gliding in graciously with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin Polonaise, cavorting with Sibelius’ bucolic Karelia Suite then headbanging home with Shostakovich’s formidable Tenth Symphony.
London Gay Symphony Orchestra is the UK's oldest LGBT orchestra and one of only a handful in the world. Founded in 1996, the LGSO has given four or more concerts every year for the past nineteen years at venues including the Royal Festival Hall; toured internationally to Paris and Zagreb; performed with Jimmy Somerville, Rosalind Plowright and Sue Perkins; recorded a score for the cult film Pervirella; commissioned work from upcoming composers and raised thousands for charities such as Albert Kennedy Trust. Patrons include Amy Lamé and Sandi Toksvig.