Two of the LPO’s ensembles for local young people are performing as part of the Lewisham Live festival at Blackheath Common this Saturday. In addition to a big screen showing all the Olympic action, the Live Site will feature a beautifully decorative and rare Spiegeltent which will play host to a range of events for all ages including tea dances, cinema, storytelling and live music.
At 12.30pm, Animate Orchestra (Lewisham) will perform under the guidance of Jason Rowlands and with LPO musicians, followed at 1.30pm by The Band led by the unique Tim Steiner.
Animate Orchestra is probably the only orchestra in the world to have a fully-fledged laptop section alongside the more traditional woodwind, brass, string and percussion sections. The Band have been building an enviable reputation for the quality of their music-making this past year after two successful gigs at Royal Festival Hall. Their music is typically a blend of influences brought to the group by the younger members and the LPO musicians, and is taking on an increasingly rich and complex character.