This November Leicester Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of their founder, Sir Malcolm Sargent with “Legacy of a Maestro”. Sir Malcolm Sargent is widely regarded as Britain’s leading conductor of choral works, and he founded the Leicester Symphony Orchestra in 1922.
“We are marking the 50th anniversary of the death of our founder, Sir Malcolm Sargent, throughout this season by making a fundraising link with CLIC Sargent, and making a difference to the lives of children and young people living with cancer” explains Andy Bestwick, Chairperson of the LSO. “Our first concert at De Montfort Hall on 25th November features music Sir Malcolm wrote and arranged, plus songs from Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Sir Malcolm was a great fan of Sullivan’s music. We will be joined for the opening concert by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Ross Grant, who will launch our fundraising appeal.”
Conductor John Andrews, alongside a programming committee, picked the songs for the performance. The majority of the pieces were either written or arranged by Sir Malcolm Sargent himself and 2 of the said pieces were recently discovered, so audiences can look forward to hearing music that hasn’t been heard since the 1940s. John said that the concert will be “varied and tuneful, with lots of different music for audiences to enjoy”.
Jenny Hand, who is a member of the Leicester Symphony Orchestra, encourages people to attend the concert because they can “find out more about the orchestra, especially with ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’ being part of the programme”.
The orchestra is made up of 70-80 amateur members, all of whom are of grade 8 standard and above. They regularly meet to rehearse and then perform 3 concerts a year, at De Montfort Hall. As well as “Legacy of a Maestro”, upcoming concerts include a family show called “Animal Antics” on 25th February 2018 and “Revolutionary Russians” on 19th May 2018.
We were lucky enough to go to a rehearsal and can honestly say that the performances were incredibly powerful, with all the different elements coming together seamlessly. The gentle flutes and strings and bold trombones and trumpets, along with all the other instruments, harmonize beautifully.
This year Leicester Symphony Orchestra have partnered with CLIC Sargent – the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. They work to minimize the damage done to young cancer sufferers’ lives by helping them with aspects such as education, social life, finances and future prospects. “We are delighted to be chosen as the Leicester Symphony Orchestra’s charity partner and are happy that they are joining our fight for young lives against cancer” said Claire Herrick, Fundraising Engagement Manager at CLIC Sargent. “It is great to see that the legacy of Sir Malcolm Sargent lives on through the charitable work of the Orchestra and CLIC Sargent. With their support we will be able to stop cancer destroying more young lives.”
Together, the Leicester Symphony Orchestra and CLIC Sargent hope to raise £2000 across the 3 shows.
The “Legacy of a Maestro” takes place on Saturday 25th November 2017.
Photography by David Wilson Clarke