The London Gay Symphony Orchestra was founded in May 1996 by a group of friends led by Robin Gordon-Powell, who was the Orchestra’s first conductor. The Orchestra rapidly grew in size and in October 1996 gave its first performances as a full symphony orchestra at London’s Drill Hall.
Two decades later and the LGSO now performs five full concerts per year, plus a variety of regular and ad-hoc extras. Concerts are regularly held at St Sepulchre Without Newgate, in the City, as well as occasional outings to major London venues such as St John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall or the Southbank Centre for special occasions.
Currently the orchestra plays predominantly in London, with an occasional outing to Brighton, and sometimes even further afield to visit our sister orchestras in Cologne (2016) and Paris (2008), and hope to visit many others in the future.
During the past twenty-one years, the LGSO has taken part in a wide range of activities and events, including performances at festivals in the UK, collaborations with many of the UK’s LGBT choirs as well as choirs from across the world as part of Various Voices 2010, Queer Zagreb in 2004 and of course at various Pride events in London. Some of our collaborations include being conducted by winner of BBC 2’s The Maestro, Sue Perkins, recording the score to the cult film Pervirella, and performing with Jimmy Somerville, Simon Callow and Rosalind Plowright.