Past Events 2010 - Jan - July - London Gypsy Orchestra
July 25: Rhythms of the World Festival, Hitchin, Herts
The LGO Professional Ensemble performed their most rhymically varied and complex pieces, on the main
stage of this delightful local and world music festival, held in the grounds of Hitchin Priory.
See www.rotw.org.uk. Click here for some photos of LGO and the other acts, and see the Gallery for photos.
July 3: Newnham Paddox Estate, West Midlands LGO travelled to the Midlands to perform at this private party in the historic landscaped grounds of
Newnham Paddox House, where the audience and setting were as colourful as the LGO. Photos to come.
June 24: Golowan Festival, Penzance, Cornwall The LGO Professional Ensemble travelled to Penzance to play a concert at the Ritz as part of the marvellous
Golowan Festival, to a great audience of stylish and enthusiastic dancers. Some of us also met the Jaipur
Kawa Brass Band who played us some original Gypsy music from Rajasthan; others went midnight
swimming and exploring Mounts Bay and the rest of the Penwith Peninsula.
June 13: Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford An afternoon event for Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month, featuring lots of local and Roma groups,
including Redbridge Music School's splendid fiddle groups, and Gypsy music from Romano and Gypsy Stars,
followed by a concert by the London Gypsy Orchestra. More photos in the Gallery.
May 23: Notting Hill Mayfest, Notting Hill, London LGO returned to the Notting Hill Mayfest following last year's greatly enjoyed concert, to play the final night of
this festival at the lovely St Johns Church in Notting Hill.
March 20: Opa Cupa! Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London LGO, in collaboration with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, hosted an exciting all-day event at Cecil
Sharp House, dedicated to and inspired by Serbia’s joy and passion for music and dance. Special guests, the
Zivko Firfov Folklore Group, demonstrated Balkan dances in authentic historical costumes. Stewart Morgan
from the EFDSS displayed his research on folklorists Danica and Ljubica Janković and their connections with
the Society. Workshops were held on dance, percussion and music, and the orchestra performed two concerts -
an afternoon one for families, and a big evening concert, featuring specially-learnt new pieces from Serbia.
More photos in the Gallery.
March 10: Cultural-Co-operation radio show on Resonance FM
Members of the LGO, and Stewart Morgan from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, were guests on this
programme presented by Cultural Co-operation, and spoke about the LGO and plans for the upcoming Opa
March 9: BBC World Service LGO was invited to feature on the World Service's Russian programme, recorded at Bush House. Gundula,
Antonio, Ana and Evrah represented the LGO, performing a few tracks live, with Ana being interviewed in
March 7: Cycle East - Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
The LGO Professional Ensemble played 3 concerts over the Sunday afternoon for this enormously successful
and fun event organised by promoters Serious as part of the East festival, in which the audience travelled by
bicycle, foot or public transport between three different venues in East London to see three different
performances by three different acts. Every concert was packed with warm and enthusiastic audiences in
an afternoon that was great fun for all involved. More photos in the Gallery. The event was visited in the
Guardian's Bike Blog podcast - see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/audio/2010/apr/01/cycling
Feb 26: St Ethelburgas, City of London The LGO's 15-piece Professional Ensemble had the honour of playing the 100th concert at St Ethelburga's
Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, which holds concerts of music from around the world in this previously
bombed and now beautifully restored church on Bishopsgate. More photos in the Gallery.
Feb 12-14: Saffron Walden Rehearsal Weekend
The LGO took over a historical saffron warehouse in this picturesque Essex town for a weekend of intensive
rehearsals, with forays also into tango dancing, creative cooking, pondering of pargetting (the decorative and
often illustrative plasterwork patterns on building exteriors, characteristic of East Anglia), and the discovery
of the eggalom, a cimbalom-inspired instrument made from an egg slicer.
Past Events 2010 - Jan to July
"...it was a delight to watch people of all ages and backgrounds joining in".
"..the London Gypsy Orchestra (which was totally fabulous). I think I'm sort of starting to understand why so many people love living in London…”
(Quotes from organisers and audience)
Saffron Walden rehearsal weekend. Photo by Steve Cooper