Nov 27-28: Turkish State Television: Farklı Kültür- Ayne Müzik
LGO were featured on this new Turkish music programme on the TRTmüzik
channel, the show's title meaning 'Different Cultures, Similar Music'. The
programme looked at Turkish connections in the music scene in London, and
featured LGO performing and interviews with Gundula and members, as filmed
at SOAS in the summer.
Nov 7: Mansfield College Ball, Oxford The LGO's Professional Ensemble performed in the dramatic chapel of Mansfield
College as part of the 'Circus of the Macabre' themed ball, an event that included
a multitude of acts and attractions in the buildings and grounds, including
Victorian fun fair rides. See the Gallery for photos.
Nov 6: Folk on the Move: Musical Journeys through Eastern Europe Coronation Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria
A week long event in the Lake District: Gundula and Martin led
workshops with 2 schools and the 'South Lakes Folk Choir' during the week,
and were joined on the Friday by the LGO's new Professional Ensemble for a
fantastic concert in Coronation Hall combining the choirs with the Orchestra.
Oct 31: 'Balkan Bats and Devils' Fiddles: Halloween Party Inn on the Green, Ladbroke Grove, West London
A Halloween-themed event which featured spooky sounds, a dramatic tango,
and the LGO appearing as an strange array of curiously and frighteningly
costumed characters - photos now in the Gallery.
Oct 8: Goodenough College, Bloomsbury, London
LGO performed in one of the elegant halls of Goodenough College, as part of a
fundraising event for a project working with Roma children in Romania.
Photos to come.
Sept 27: Balkan Barry's Big Sunday Out - procession and performance East London
The first of a planned annual Balkan procession through the East End, the LGO
set off from a public house in Shoreditch, and paraded through the streets while
playing, stopping traffic and delighting the Sunday Brick Lane crowds. The
event continued at the Brickhouse in Brick Lane, with performances from the
LGO and Gundula's new group Tatcho Drom, and dancing to music from DJs
Balkan Barry and Tomislav Terek. See photos in the Gallery.
Sept 12: Gyspy Roma Traveller Music Night St Gabriel's, Wanstead, East London LGO returned to the lovely hall of St Gabriel's for an event to celebrate Gypsy
Roma Traveller culture. Also performing was the fabulous Roma family band Just Five Roma with Romany Diamonds. Photos now in the Gallery.
July 16: Recording for Turkish State Television
TRT (Turkish State Television) filmed a group of the LGO in performance and
rehearsal for a documentary feature for a new music show called Farklı Cültür,
Ayne Müzik (Different Culture, Same Music), which will be shown on their
new music channel to be launched late 2009.
June 19: Blackheath Halls Blackheath, South-east London This concert was organised by Lewisham Traveller Education Service, to celebrate
Gypsy Roma Traveller History month. This is the second year we have performed
for this event, and it was a special pleasure to play for the many Roma who came
along and showed their enjoyment and also recognised many of our lesser-known
Gypsy songs. Click for the Gypsy Roma Traveller History month newsletter
with a feature on our concert.
June 16: SW1 Radio - Passport Special for Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month Gundula, Evrah, Martin, Jeremy and Narendra returned to SW1 Radio for a
special show on Gypsy music, where we played live and spoke of our involvement
with Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month, and Gundula and Martin told of their
visit to Appleby Gypsy Horse Fair. Hosted by Phil Hogg - see March 25 below for
show details.The show and recordings of the live pieces is currently featured on
the GRTHM website - click here for link.
May 24: Notting Hill Mayfest St Johns Church, Holland Park,West London The LGO played the closing night of the Notting Hill Mayfest, in the wonderful
setting of St Johns Church. A splendid time was had by all; photos in the Gallery.
March 29: Ajde Gadje! LGO's Album Launch Celebration Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London The LGO took over Cecil Sharp House for the day to host events
celebrating our new album. We started with a family concert in
the afternoon, then a belly dance workshop led by Cynthia Tabone
(our guest dancer at the concerts), a Gypsy Jam and Balkan Ceilidh
Workshop, then a Musical Dinner with Open Mic, and ending with a
big concert in the evening involving all the LGO and with guests and
previous members. Two pages of photos now in the Gallery!
March 25: SW1 Radio
Gundula, Evrah, Martin, Jeremy, Narendra and Shzr Ee represented
the LGO on 'Passport' , the amiable and erudite World Music show on
SW1 radio hosted by Phil Hogg from their studio in Pimlico. SW1 radio
is heard locally on 87.7fm and at www.sw1radio.co.uk and 'Passport' is
every Wednesday morning from 10am.
Jan 25: St George's, Bristol The London Gypsy Orchestra travelled to Bristol to perform a concert
as part of the 'Migrations - Great Journeys in World Music' series. St
George's, a Georgian church beautifully converted into a leading
560-seat acoustic venue, was a splendid setting, and sold-out for this
concert. The generous stage also allowed us to feature our new
instrumental addition, the cimbalom, played by Marta. Thanks to the
people of Bristol for their enthusiastic reception! "Your energy is
contagious and that carried across the audience tonight....I hope you
come back to Bristol soon and delight us with your brilliant musical
arrangements" - Dragana Smart. Photos now in the Gallery.