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Sneaky Preview of KCLSO Season 2017/18

King’s College London Symphony Orchestra invites you all to join the coming season and embark a wonderful journey with us as a player, a Friend of KCLSO or an audience member. We have achieved national and international recognition led by the professional conductor, Jonathan Lo in the past seasons.

This season is going to be packed of fantastic music and many surprises. One of the highlights will be Liz Isles, one of the KCLSO Concerto Competition winners playing Ibert’s Concertino da camera in October. We will continue our partnership with King’s Opera and present a production of Strauss’ “The Gypsy Baron” in February.

Come and join us to make high quality music with a professional conductor and play wide and exciting repertoire in London and overseas in annual international tour. The entry to the orchestra is by audition only, and applicants should be of Grade 8 standard or above. We welcome all King’s students as well as students from other London-based universities or conservatories. The auditions will be held on 28th, 29th, 30th Sep and 1st Oct. The audition will be no longer than 15 minutes and will consist of a performance  of a prepared piece (5 minutes maximum), a couple of orchestral extracts (which will be made available soon) and some sight reading.

Here’s the dates of our coming concerts:

28th Oct 2017 – featuring Liz Isles (winner of KCLSO Concerto Competition)

10th Dec 2017 – starring Igor Maia (Assistant Conductor of KCLSO)

17th & 18th Feb 2018 – J. Strauss II’s “The Gypsy Baron” (collaboration with King’s Opera)

31st Mar 2018 – collaboration with Jazz Soc

Tour (TBC – potentially week beginning 11th June)


New Committee for the 2017-18 season

After a hugely successful year and tour to Cologne we are very pleased to announce the committee for the 2017-18 season:

President: Rachel Twomey
Orchestral Manager: Hannah Littlechild
Treasurer: Becky Babbage
Librarian: Nicola Irons
Secretary: Abigail Fletcher
Fundraising & Development: Dominic Blanchard
Marketing: Matthew Law
Recruitment: Meg Holch
Tour Manager: Elizabeth Ng
Assistant Tour Managers: Gary Scarboro and Ruby Sweetland

A massive thanks must go to last year’s committee for all their hard work. Here’s to an exciting year of music-making!


KCLSO Tour 2017 – The Rhineland, Germany

KCLSO have just returned from a fantastic tour thanks to the organisation of our Tour Managers Dom and Ellie. We performed Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Nielsen Flute concerto performed by the brilliant concerto-winner Stefan and Dvorak’s New World Symphony, three nights in a row across the Rhineland, Germany. Thanks to the enthusiasm and fantastic playing of KCLSO orchestral members, the musical direction of Jonny and wondrous assistant conductor Igor, Lia and her brilliant committee, KCLSO have finished the 2016-17 Season on a high-note and are excited for what lies in store for next year.

Photo creds: Carlos Yeung & Lia Breingan

Stefan Cunningham (flute), one of the winners of the KCLSO concerto competition

Stefan Cunningham (flute), one of the winners of the KCLSO concerto competition

Stefan Cunningham (flute), one of the winners of the KCLSO concerto competition

Igor Maia, KCLSO assistant conductor 2017

Stefan Cunningham (flute), one of the winners of the KCLSO concerto competition


Friends of KCLSO scheme

Become a Friends of KCLSO! For £30 a year, you can get the following perks:

* 2 x free tickets to any KCLSO concert
* Up to 4 tickets at a 20% discount reserved in advance, to any KCLSO concert
* Access to a regular exclusive newsletter updating you on the orchestra’s latest activities and upcoming projects
* Your name (with permission) in concert programs and on website

***Furthermore, if you become a friend before, or at, our first concert of the academic year on 3rd December 2016, we would like to thank you with a free glass of wine or soft drink at this event!

Sounds great? Contact friends@kclso.org for more information.

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New Assistant Conductor for the 2016/17 season

We are delighted to announce Igor Maia as our new Assistant Conductor for the 2016/17 Season! Igor will be making his debut with KCLSO in our Spring Concert in February 2017 where we’ll be putting on an opera in concert – Leonard Bernstein’s Candide – in an exciting collaboration with King’s Opera!

Igor is a PhD music student at King’s College London, studying under the supervision of Professors Silvina Milstein and George Benjamin, as well as studying analysis and music theory under Professor Arnold Whittall.

Meanwhile, don’t miss your last chance to watch our current Assistant Conductor, Jeremy Walker, back from Russia where he now studies conducting at Moscow State Conservatoire – conduct his last project with KCLSO. He will be conducting Khachaturian’s Spartacus Suite No.2 in our first concert of this season in St Pancras Church (Euston), December 3rd.

Igor Maia

Igor Maia