Friday, 22 December 2017

London Gypsy Orchestra - A World in London

Martin Weightman
London Gypsy Orchestra
Seppi - percussion
Norman Druker - bass
Aggie Branner - fiddle, vocals
Stephen Simblet - mandolin
Marc Craste - guitar
Cathy Taylor - flute
Andrew Ryser Szymański - pocket trumpet
Martin Weightman - accordion
Sarah Montague - fiddle, vocals

Aggie Branner
Date - 20th December 2017
Venue - AWorld In London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Album - Gankino Goes To HoraWood (2017)

Andrew Ryser Szymański
The magnificent London Gypsy Orchestra on this festive A World in London!
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Sarah Montague
Our Chanukah & Christmas special was lifted into outer-orbit by Balkanesque big band, the London Gypsy Orchestra! Nine members of this charity-based outfit squeezed themselves into our studio, along with their fine array of instruments ranging from a pocket trumpet to a mother-of-pearl inlaid accordion. Linguistic chameleons Sarah Montague and Agnes Branner led a bold & brassy vocal trek across Eastern Europe taking in gypsy classics from Hungary to Macedonia including a marvellous cover of Esma Redzepova’s ‘Caje Sukarije’. LGO has been on the road since 2005 when it was first founded by Magic Violin’s Gundula Gruen, and they’re still one of the most exciting and vibrant groups in our capital.

Norman Druker
20/12/17 – AWIL at Res 148  Online: Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, and sketches by Alban Low. Also this week Marina Deligianni & Sofia Pechlivani at SOAS. Click:  Happy holidays and speak again on January 10th! #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio

Cathy Taylor
The London Gypsy Orchestra brings together 20 musicians of all backgrounds and nationalities to perform vibrant, passionate and energetic music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The group performs in a variety of venues and formats - from evening gala concerts to theatre venues and festival appearances. Venues have included the Union Chapel, St George's Bristol and Carling Academy Oxford, and festivals have included the Pulse Festival on the South Bank, Dorchester Arts Festival, Rhythms of the World, the London International Gypsy Film Festival and the Ealing Jazz Festival.
Marc Craste
The orchestra also organises interactive community events, educational activities and workshops, such as the Gypsy Exchange project funded by Awards for All, and an annual all-day event at Cecil Sharp House. The LGO is a registered charity, and through its performances, projects and outreach events, aims to inspire and educate the community in the magic of Gypsy music and culture.

Stephen Simblet
Their charitable aims are:
1. To advance, improve, develop and maintain public education and appreciation in music, arts and culture, particularly, but not exclusively, in relation to Gypsy and folk music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
2. To advance public education in music and musical skills and to inspire participation in and appreciation of the art of music.
3. To advance public education in the arts and musical traditions of different cultures.
4. To promote equality and diversity for the public benefit, in particular by:
  a) providing or supporting music and creative arts projects which foster integration and skill sharing between people from diverse backgrounds;
  b) educating the public about different peoples and cultures, especially through music and arts, to increase awareness and understanding.


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