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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
95th season, 2016/2017
The next Leicester Symphony Orchestra concert is on 20 May 2017.
Jointly with the Leicester Philharmonic Choir the main work is Dvořák's Stabat Mater.
Please see our Concert Diary for more details.
Click here to download the brochure for this season (8MB download).
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The next concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra at the De Montfort Hall is:
Philharmonia at the Movies:
The Best of John Barry from Bond to Born Free
Friday 24 March 7.30pm
De Montfort Hall, Leicester
The world-class Philharmonia Orchestra brings the music of five time Oscar winner, Hollywood composer John Barry to De Montfort Hall, Leicester. Sit back and enjoy some of the most memorable music in history: orchestral scores from iconic Bond films, ;alongside classics like Zulu and Born Free, and Oscar winner Dances with Wolves.
TICKETS: £13-£36, students and under-25s £5
Box Office: 0116 233 3111 (Mon-Sat 10am-6pm)
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.
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 here for more on this and other news.
Every two years the Orchestra makes an overseas tour. The last was in May 2016 based in Reims in France. For more see the tours page.
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, Arthur Thornley, Michael Tippett and Karl Russell 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 March 17th 2017