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King's College London Symphony Orchestra

King's College London Symphony Orchestra


The King’s College London Symphony Orchestra is the flagship ensemble of the Music Department at KCL, and over the past 15 years it has grown both in size and stature to make its mark on the capital’s music scene, emerging as one of the best student-led orchestras in the UK and attracting members from a variety of institutions across London as well as King’s College London itself. Based in the heart of Central London, the opportunity to perform in a variety of the capital’s historic and beautiful venues and make music alongside extremely talented student musicians has continued to inspire our members.

KCLSO has flourished under the batons of renowned conductors since it was founded. Beginning with Toby Purser (Principal Conductor, Orion Orchestra) the role of musical director then passed on to Robert Tuohy (Assistant Conductor, Orchestre National de Montpellier), Daniel Cohen (Principal Conductor, Jersey Chamber Orchestra) and then to Dominic Grier (Guest Conductor, The Royal Ballet and Opéra National de Lyon). In 2012, KCLSO was delighted to welcome Jonathan Lo as musical director, who continues to lead the orchestra to new levels of success.

Not only does KCLSO perform in our home city of London, we also represent our university and the best of student music making abroad on our international tours. Past destinations include Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg, where we have been met with great hospitality, enthusiasm (and standing ovations). Our most recent tour to Barcelona was a great success, featuring Ryan Delgado Barriero with Hummel’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, and we’re very much looking forward to our next adventure in Summer 2019!

We enjoyed a very successful 2017-18 season featuring brilliant works such as Shostakovich Symphony No.10 and Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances. As well as this we ran two exciting collaborations with King’s Opera Society and King’s Big Band, playing Strauss’s The Gypsy Baron and Liebermann’s Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra, respectively. For the coming 2018-19 season, we look forward to playing works such as Bruckner Symphony No.4, Sibelius Symphony No.1 and Peter and the Wolf (featuring a narrator).

As well as providing valuable and varied orchestral experience, KCLSO holds an annual concerto competition. This provides the opportunity for some of our extremely gifted members, plus members of the King’s music department, to showcase their talent alongside the orchestra.  This year’s winners were Ryan Delgado Barriero, Rhiana Henderson and Sean Frost. We look forward to them joining us for some exciting concerts this year with Rhiana Henderson playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1 on the 28th October, and Sean Frost playing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 on the 9th December.

As an orchestra, we pride ourselves on our work with young, emerging conductors. KCLSO offer the opportunity of an Assistant Conductor position to a KCL music student for a season, providing extremely valuable orchestral conducting experience with one-to-one coaching from our Musical Director, Jonathan Lo. Previous Assistant Conductors have gone on to undertake postgraduate conducting studies at institutions including the Royal Academy of Music and Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. We have enjoyed our time with this years assistant conductor, Stefan Cunningham, as he led us in Strauss’s The Gypsy Baron and will also conduct Sibelius Symphony No.1 in the 2018-19 season.

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