Happy New Year from #WePlayOn

See us. Hear us. Be transformed.

What a year it has been for #WePlayOn! Since our first ‘Conduct Us’ pop-up at London airport in December, 2014, we have presented 14 concerts in our community, and have had the honour of partnering with many wonderful musicians from here and beyond. The support you have shown us has confirmed our determination to play on and continue our commitment to keeping professional, orchestral music alive in London, Ontario.

In late November, our group became incorporated as a nonprofit called #WePlayOn. Currently, we are in the process of applying for charitable status which will enable us to issue tax receipts. For the past several months, the London Arts Council has been able to offer tax receipts on our behalf, but will be unable to do so after December 31, 2015. For further information regarding donations, please visit our Donate page.

As the year draws to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to the thousands of supporters who have attended our concerts, volunteered behind the scenes, hosted our orchestra, or made a monetary donation. All of us at #WePlayOn are sincerely grateful – without you, there would be no ‘us’. Wishing you all the best for a happy and prosperous 2016.

Happy New Year!

Make Your Voice Heard

See Us. Hear Us. Be Transformed.

Many months ago, when we announced that we would p​lay on​ beyond the challenges of the past, what we also did was signal our commitment to ensuring a diverse and thriving music culture in London. This commitment has included (and still does) occasional concerts, such as the ones coming up in November and December  but also extends to our passionate belief that orchestral music should be enjoyed by Londoners for many generations to come.

As artists and as proud members of the London community (and surrounding area), we know that to ensure a thriving arts and culture scene in London, we all need to be able to enjoy a range of diverse music.

Yes, that means engagement of the most passionate orchestral music fans, but also the development of a new generation of concert goers, champions and patrons.

With that in mind, and consistent with our ongoing commitment to London, we are undertaking a strategic renewal process this fall, beginning with a community engagement exercise. We want to understand what kind of orchestral music London is interested in and how we can ensure our future as part of London’s cultural scene.

We are excited to hear the perspectives of our passionate supporters, for whom we are eternally grateful, and also the insights of those who have not yet experienced all that orchestral concerts have to offer.

Accept our invitation to share your opinions in an online survey, the results of which will help shape our future and benefit Londoners for generations to come.

Thank you for your continued support

Make Your Voice Heard!

Tell us why orchestral music is important to you, and what place you see for it in London.

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Bold. Ambitious. Magnificent.

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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 Canada Day 2015with guest conductor Mr. Peter Devlin, president of Fanshawe College;IMG_2516 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?!)

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And now for something completely different…

It’s the time of year when some of us are thinking about a trip to Europe, but realizing it may not be in the budget. The ‪#‎WePlayOn‬ musicians can guarantee sun, a Mediterranean atmosphere, and a fun-filled evening of world music – all on the patio at Mykonos Restaurant. Our very own principal clarinet – Graham Lord – will switch from classical to klezmer for this special Musical Feast. Please join us for some authentic Greek cuisine and enjoy the eclectic music of The Light of East Ensemble.

This event is sold out!

June 15 at 6:30 pm.
June 15 Reservation sold out

Orchestra London Canada files for voluntary bankruptcy – May 22

The #WePlayOn Musicians formerly of Orchestra London, wish to inform the community that Orchestra London Canada Inc.(OLC) has, today, filed for voluntary bankruptcy. The musicians have retained a bankruptcy trustee, after consultation with the Board of OLC. The purpose of this action is to enable the musicians to continue with their commitment to bringing live music to the community. This voluntary bankruptcy is necessary for the musicians to realize a new identity and form new partnerships within our community.

Further information can be found on our website under media

 

 

#WePlayOn in May

Warm weather has finally arrived in Southwestern Ontario. Now that we can all get out without the aid of shovels and snow tires, we hope to see many more of you at our May events.

Please join our own Fab Four – Jeff Wall, Kelly Eydt, Jackie Milne and Julia Macgregor –  at a lunch-hour quartet ‘pop up’ concert at Cherryhill Mall on Friday, May 8 at 1:00 p.m. What better way to spend Friday lunchtime, than enjoying an hour of free, live music?

On Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m., maestro Uri Mayer and four of Canada’s most exciting, young singers join us for an evening of vocal fireworks and symphonic majesty. Come with us on a journey through some of the most enchanting moments in the operas of Mozart, Rossini and Verdi, followed by the brilliance and emotional angst of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.

Our 3rd Musical Feast Fundraiser on May 30, provides an opportunity for our patrons to mix and mingle with the musicians, in the intimate atmosphere of a country estate, hidden from the hustle and bustle of daily life. There are a limited number of tickets available for this unique experience. Reserve soon to avoid disappointment.

As we continue our commitment to bring professional, live, orchestral music to our community, we encourage you all to read the proposal for funding which was presented by the City of London, in conjunction with the London Arts Council. When the date for further city council discussion on the proposal becomes available, it will be posted on this website. We encourage our supporters to be present at any city hall meetings at which this topic is listed on the agenda.

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