Dec  8:       Carling Academy Oxford - Cowley Road, Oxford

                    Thanks to the people of Oxford for their great turn-out and  enthusiastic

                    reception at this popular music venue in Oxford (complete with dry ice,

                    spinning lights and 'no crowd surfing' signs).  Gundula also led a

                    workshop before the concert, teaching a Serbian tune to a group of fiddle

                    players.   This concert was part of the Big Village series of music events

                    from around the world - see www.bigvillage.org .              

 

Nov 10:      Union Chapel - Islington, North London

                     Our big concert of the year, in the spectacular setting of the Union Chapel.

                     Special guests were dancer Beverley Joffe (www.ishtar.moonfruit.com)

                     and Alejandro Toledo's fabulous new band The Violent Clam.    See the

                     Gallery for photos, and videos on www.youtube.com/londongypsyorchestra

 

Nov 7:        Resonance FM - London's art radio station, on 104.4fm

                     Gundula, Nick and Evrah presented a 'Clear Spot' special about the LGO,

                     playing recordings of music that inspire us and our choice of repertoire.    

 

Oct 20:       Brunswick Centre - Bloomsbury Festival, Central London

                     A private party for residents of the Brunswick Centre, on their huge

                     balcony, as part of the Bloomsbury Festival.   We played a set from our

                     repertoire, followed by a ceilidh set with Toni Gutman leading Balkan

                     dances.

                   

Oct 4:         The Romanian Restaurant London

                     32 Old Bailey, in the City of London

                     A very busy and fun evening at this beautiful restaurant,

                     where the audience enjoyed Romanian food and lively music

                     from the LGO.  This was a Club Zigana event organised by

                     Kazum - www.kazum.co.uk .            

 

Sept 30:     Gypsy Jam Session and Balkan Ceilidh 

                     Favela Chic, Shoreditch, London

                     Our second all-playing, all-dancing event held at this sumptous venue.

                     Dancing was led by Toni Gutman, and music led by Gundula, with

                     Zivorad Nikolic on accordion, and further music from DJ Sacha.

 

Sept 29:     Molten Diversity Arts Festival Launch Party

                     The Broadway, Barking, Essex

                     An afternoon event outside Barking's Broadway Theatre, featuring

                     music from a variety of cultures.   In our set we were joined by dancer

                     Beverley Joffe  who will be collaborating with us for some future events.

                     See also www.barking-dagenham.gov.uk/molten for info on the event.

 

July 14:    Inn on the Green - Ladbroke Grove, West London

                    Our second time playing at this venue's  'East Meets West' night.  

                    Thanks to everyone for their great reception, including the baby at

                    the front who delighted everyone with her enthusiasm and constant

                    struggle to join the stage.  Inn on the Green:  www.iotg.co.uk

 

June 18:   Alternatives Summer Solstice Celebration

                    St James Church, Piccadilly, Central London

                    A special summer solstice event held in the lovely historic church of

                    St James.   The Alternatives team led song, storytelling, meditation

                    etc, followed by a set by the London Gypsy Orchestra, with everyone

                    else joining in some of the best and most enthusiastic dancing we've

                    seen.  This event was part of the popular Alternatives series - see

                    www.alternatives.org.uk .

 

May 26:    Dorchester Festival, Dorset

                    The LGO performed for an audience of several hundred in the

                    sculptural 'Big White Tent', in the dramatic setting of the ancient

                    Maumbury Rings in central Dorchester.  Following this, we played

                    tunes for a Balkan dance session led by Ljiljana Grkinic, all part of

                    the festival's emphasis on Eastern European culture this year.

                    We extended our Gypsy spirit to delighted co-passengers in our train

                    carriage on our return journey,  though sadly SWT policy forbade us

                    from leading a dancing 'train' all the length of the train!

 

May 13:    Gypsy Jam Session and Balkan Ceilidh at Favela Chic

                    Shoreditch, London

                    The LGO hosted this lively music-making and dance event, in

                    Favela Chic's beautifully-decorated and characterful venue.  Many

                    instrumentalists came to join the musicians of the LGO to play through

                    tunes led by Gundula Gruen, with Zivorad Nikolic on accordion.  

                    Ljiljana Grkinic demonstrated and led dances, and there were also some

                    great performances as part of the open mic section.   DJ Aidan Love

                    provided further music.   See the Gallery for photos.

 

May 9:      European Cultural Conference -

                    Europe Day reception at the Tate Modern, London

                    The LGO performed for culture ministers and representatives from

                    14 Eastern European EU member and candidate countries, at this

                    evening reception to mark Europe Day.   This was part of the MayFair

                    conference organised by EUCLID and held at the Tate Modern, which

                    we also attended ourselves, to investigate possibilities for a cross-

                    European project for the orchestra.  

                    See www.euclid.info for details on EUCLID's activities.

 

April 27 :  'A Long(ing) Journey Across Europe'

                     School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

                     A particularly enjoyable and energetic concert for the 300+ students,

                     staff and general public who packed the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

                     (and those patiently crowded outside the door!).  This event was part of  

                     SOAS's excellent series of concerts of music from around the world.  

                     See www.soas.ac.uk .

 

March 11:  Cecil Sharp House -  Camden, London

                     The Kennedy Hall was packed to capacity for our biggest concert yet.  

                     Thanks to all who came and made it a great night, and also to our

                     special guests:  dancer Ljiljana Grkinic ( www.sacredblueflame.com)

                     and the virtuoso instrumental trio Paprika Balkanicus

                     (www.paprikabalkanicus.com).  Photos can be seen in the Gallery

                     (see link right) and elsewhere on this site.            

 

March 10:  Inn on the Green -  Ladbroke Grove, West London

                      Thanks to the Inn on the Green for inviting us to play for their 'East Meets

                      West' night, at their great venue with its lovely dancefloor on Portobello

                      Green.    Inn on the Green:  www.iotg.co.uk

 

March 7:   Resonance FM radio

                     We (as many of us as could fit into the Resonance FM studio!) played a live

                     set as guests on the popular Glass Shrimp show.   Resonance FM is London's

                     art radio station, on 104.4fm and at www.resonancefm.com .

 

             

                 

 

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Inn on the Green

Cecil Sharp concert:

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Favela Chic :

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Dorchester Festival :

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Barking - Diversity Arts Fest

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Brunswick Centre - Bloomsbury Fest

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Union Chapel - click on image for gallery

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A nice welcome for us on arriving at the Oxford Academy!

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Past Events - 2007