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Old street, new treats

Old street, new treats

By | March 29, 2013 at 11:13 am | No comments

I don't know much about the history of Old Street, where LSO St Luke's stands. But I do know that in my head I have an imaginary conversation between two roadbuilders that goes: Roadbuilder 1: Right, job done. Now we just need a name for it. Roadbuilder 2: How about Old...

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drum and bass

drum and bass

By | March 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm | No comments

It turns out they haven't reached the stage of actually rehearsing in the hall yet. A couple of band members - double bass player Phil Donkin and drummer Chander Sardjoe - are there, warming up I suppose you'd call it while the stage crew plug in some plugs, wire up some wires,...

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St Luke’s lute

St Luke’s lute

By | March 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm | No comments

Today's another one of those days at LSO St Luke's where the music-making is left to others than those in the orchestra. In the lunchtime recital slot we had a solo piano, but now it's time to be transported to... to... Well, wherever it is, it will be in the company of...

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swing low, sing out

swing low, sing out

By | March 26, 2013 at 8:52 pm | No comments

I never realised the 'swing' of 'swing low sweet chariot' was an upbeat, thereby putting the emphasis on the word 'low'. So unless that's an LSO affectation, I learned something this evening, almost outweighing the - for me - excrutiating embarrassment of having to sing. Not on...

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Chorus lines

Chorus lines

By | March 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm | No comments

The next reality TV choir programme? I reckon I have an idea. How about an inter-London postcode competition, pitting north against south, East End against West? Trouble is, EC1 will have a bit of a head start. 10 years' head start, to be precise, since that is how long the...

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favourite things (3)

favourite things (3)

By | March 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm | No comments

At the end of my chat with Adam Gatehouse (see my earlier post, the Man from Auntie) I asked him to describe his favourite thing about LSO St Luke's. He said: 'I would say it’s an amalgam of things. That lovely openness and accessibility, the lightness. You feel that...

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Take the A board

Take the A board

By | March 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm | No comments

The folks at LSO St Luke's have various ways of trying to attract an audience to its lunchtime concerts. And, apart from getting me in to write on their blog, my favourite is the A board on the Old Street pavement outside. It's basically a pair of blackboards on which the day's...

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the man from auntie

the man from auntie

By | March 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm | No comments

Do they still call the Beeb 'Auntie'? Assuming they still call it the Beeb, that is. Anyway, day 6 at the LSO St Luke's 10th birthday festival is all about the very early days of the building's reincarnation as part education centre, part performance venue. Later this...

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Curate.Collaborate.Innovate.Appreciate

Curate.Collaborate.Innovate.Appreciate

By | March 26, 2013 at 9:51 am | No comments

Whew, none of the Digital Technology Group's experiments took the roof off St Luke's. On the contrary, aided with projected visuals by Falmouth University digital arts students, 'Present. Curate. Collaborate. Innovate' was an engrossing hour of varied work. And it was work. I...

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favourite things (2)

favourite things (2)

By | March 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm | No comments

As well as head of marketing for the LSO Karen Cardy is director of LSO St Luke's, so it's probably a bit unfair to ask her to single out one favourite thing about the place. But I insist she's not allowed to choose all of it. 'It's actually when the LSO are in there - just to...

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