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"An ensemble of real distinction that plays with passion and enthusiasm"
The Leicester Mercury
"beautifully phrased. The Leicester Symphony Orchestra gave a wonderful performance"
The Leicester Mercury
The Leicester Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1922 by Dr (later Sir) Malcolm Sargent, then a local parish organist and chorus master. The orchestra continues the Sargent tradition of recruiting talented local players and bringing to Leicester soloists of international calibre and fame, to give the people of Leicester symphonic music of the highest possible standard. Each year it performs three concerts at its regular venue, the De Montfort Hall in Leicester, and is available for others.
95th season, 2016/2017
Please see details of our 2016/17 concerts.
Click here to download the brochure for this season (8MB download).
On Saturday 12 November the Orchestra played Strauss waltzes and overtures, introduced by John Suchet as he told the story of the Strauss dynasty - Johann senior, Johann junior and Joseph. John's book on the subject was also on sale. The concert ended with the rousing Radetzky March and John Suchet even took the baton briefly for an encore!
See the photo below and others on our Flickr page
At the end of May 2016 the Orchestra made its 9th overseas tour, based in Reims in France, playing concerts in nearby Charleville-Mézières and Rethel (photo below). A report and other photos are on the Tours page
Andy Bestwick has been appointed Chairman of the Orchestra, with Jenny Hand as Vice Chair. They will be sharing some of the tasks carried out by Pat Dobson who stood down as Chair at the end of last season.
See the news page for more on this and other news.
Support the Orchestra
The LSO is a registered charity and relies solely on income from ticket sales, members' subscriptions, Friends of the LSO, Patrons, and fees from advertisers in the concert programmes, to ensure that the long and fine tradition of music making established by Sir Malcolm Sargent continues. You can assist us this season by buying tickets for our concerts in the De Montfort Hall, by becoming a Friend or Patron, or by advertising in our concert programmes.
A book about the Orchestra
A book describing the first 90 Years of the Orchestra was published in 2013. Find out more about the book and how to buy it.
The Orchestra's history is summarised here, and there are biographies of influential past local musicians G R Tebbs and Arthur Thornley here.
The Orchestra welcomes new members. See the latest vacancies in the orchestra.
The Orchestra also has a vacancy for a Front of House Manager. It is a very self contained job with minimal time needed (and they get 2 free tickets for each concert). Contact Jenny Hand tel: 0116 210 9374.
Hear the Orchestra
The orchestra under the baton of Roland Melia playing part of the Carmen Suite No 1 by Bizet.
Last updated January 16th 2017