Bold. Ambitious. Magnificent. Powerful words that most definitely describe Beethoven 9 and The Lark Ascending – the works featured on our season opening concert on Saturday, 17 October. But we think they can equally be applied to the #WePlayOn musicians. For the last nine months we have boldly and ambitiously played on because we believe our community deserves a professional orchestra, performing live music, right here in London.
The summer gave us ample opportunities to demonstrate our magnificence: at Sunfest; at Canada Day in Harris Park with guest conductor Mr. Peter Devlin, president of Fanshawe College; at Home County Music and Art Festival with singer/songwriter Sarah Slean; and ultimately by winning the London Music Awards trophy for ‘Classical Instrumental Group of the Year’.
In early June we were invited to present ‘our story’ at the Orchestras Canada national meeting in Vancouver. Following our presentation, we received a standing ovation and were thrilled when representatives of the Canada Council for the Arts decided to revoke the customary three year post-bankruptcy waiting period, and will allow us to apply for funding.
Presenting a concert of the magnitude of Beethoven 9 is no mean feat from the kitchen table, and it can’t be done without an army of volunteers – to whom we are indebted and most grateful. It’s a bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle but with the pieces scattered throughout town in different people’s houses. Over the next couple of weeks we thought we might share with you some of the highs and lows of putting on a concert WPO-style.
Meanwhile, we hope to see you all on October 17 – it will be an evening to remember.
Bold. Ambitious. Magnificent. (BAM?!)