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London Symphony Orchestra: Remembering World War One

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World War One brought great changes to our country, affecting not only the men on the front line, but also the people at home. Daily routines were disrupted and many regular activities came to a halt. But there were some people who refused to be beaten and continued on despite everything. The London Symphony Orchestra was one such group. They were the only orchestra to continue performing during wartime.

By 1917, however, nearly half its members had been called into military service and it was impossible to continue. But when the war ended, the music began playing once more, and the London Symphony Orchestra has continued to this day.

In commemoration of those who sacrificed their lives, the LSO are holding a programme of family activities that explore the role the orchestra and music played during World War One.

Lunchtime Concert
31st October, 12.30pm, St Luke's, Free

A free family concert performed by students from the Guildhall School.

Create and Opera in a Day
1st November, 10am - 4pm, St Luke's, £7 adults, £5 children

Aimed at children 8 -11 years old, in this workshop you'll find out what live in London was like during the War, and create your own opera to be performed at the end of the day.

The Musical Brain Conference
2nd November, 10am - 4pm, St Luke's, £80

The conference looks at music, poetry, and the trauma of war. Tickets include entry to an evening concert at the Barbican.

Equal Voices
2nd November, 7.30pm, Barbican, £10 - £38

The premiere concert of Equal Voices by Sally Beamish, which was inspired by Sir Andrew Motion's poetry.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 31st Oct - 2nd Nov & 12th - 23rd Nov
Phone: 020 7638 8891
Where: St. Luke's and The Barbican
Cost: Free - £80
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