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Published July 14th 2014
London's finest amateur orchestra
I recently attended the London Phoenix Orchestra's summer concert. The concert was held at Cadogan Hall, which is located on Sloane Terrace in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea. In addition to Cadogan Hall, the orchestra plays at other venues around the city, such as St. John's, Smith Square.
The orchestra is one of London's premier amateur orchestras. It was originally created solely for musical members of the insurance industry, but now has a diverse ensemble and frequently plays with internationally renowned soloists. At the concert I attended, the award-winning Canadian violinist Sadie Fields appeared for Bartůk's Violin Concerto No. 1.
I was surprised by the diverse pieces played at the summer concert. In addition to Bartůk, the orchestra performed Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5. The opening piece by Respighi was particularly well done and the light, airy composition complemented the warm summer evening. Cadogan Hall has made audio clips of the concert available here.
Tickets are priced at £15 or £12. Future concert information is available at the orchestra's site.