London Symphonia

 

Mission and Vision

London Symphonia is a professional symphony orchestra committed to performing vibrant and bold musical experiences for London and the region. With a core of 29 players, our versatile group meets the community's needs for quality programming by presenting well-known symphonies, Canadian premieres, and collaborations with some of Canada's finest singer-songwriters. Our vision includes a commitment to artistic excellence, music education, and strong community partnerships.

History

After the closing of Orchestra London Canada Inc. in December, 2014, the musicians of the orchestra, with a strong desire to continue offering high quality musical performance to the local community, began performing as an independent ensemble. “Pop-up” performances occurred in libraries, hockey rinks, theatres, retirement homes, and even at the London International Airport. The notion that the musicians were continuing to ‘play on’, despite the troubles of the former administration, caught the public’s attention and the moniker #WePlayOn began to surface - a campaign name that represented the efforts of the group. #WePlayOn (now renamed London Symphonia) has now evolved into a well-respected and acclaimed local orchestra and was formally incorporated in November, 2015 (Incorporation # 950613-6). The organization subsequently received charitable status in January, 2016 (Charitable # 79748 8129 RR0001). It legally changed its name to London Symphonia in February, 2017.

Over the past four years, the orchestra has performed 42 ticketed orchestral events in churches, 5 free major outdoor London festivals, and more than 25 “pop-up” concerts. Guest conductors and performers of international acclaim included Bramwell Tovey and the Amabile Singers of London, Canada. Composer-In-Residence Scott Good has brought energy and a fresh perspective on Canadian compositions that is woven into the programming. Because of the extraordinary efforts of interim Music Advisor, Kevin Mallon, the unwavering commitment and in-kind support of the musicians and others (both through performance and administrative services), and financial support from a combination of ticket sales, private donations, corporate sponsorship, and support from all three levels of government, London Symphonia is now positioned for continued growth.

 

This introductory video features artists Andrew Chung (violin, general manager), Joseph Lanza (Concert Master), Graham Mackenzie (oboe), Émelie Paré (violin) and Joe Philips (bass) explaining what makes London Symphonia such a special community asset for the City of London.