The London Life Community Music Program

Orchestra London believes that live, classical music must be available to all members of our community. The London Life Community Music Program, which presents education and community concerts in London and surrounding communities, is an important part of every season.

 The London Life Community Music Program was strengthened with a $150,000 grant (payable over three years) from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2004/05. This grant enabled Orchestra London to hire its first Education and Outreach Manager, Doug Walker, to oversee and strengthen these programs.

 “After listening to you play, I can hardly wait until I’m in Grade Six and can learn to play an instrument too!”           
Student, Jack Chambers Public School

 Orchestra London has introduced more than 30,000 local school children to the orchestral experience since 2000. In 2004/05 we played to 8,119 students at schools in London, St. Thomas, Strathroy, Aylmer and Ailsa Craig.

Orchestra London would like to thank the corporate sponsors who make these important initiatives possible: London Life; Columbia Sportswear Company; St. Willibrord the Credit Union, and The New PL. 

 For more information about this year’s Education programming, please contact Doug Walker at [email protected] or call 679-8558 x 241.

Musical Landscapes
Orchestra London’s Education Concerts!

Orchestra London is pleased to announce details of our Education Series for the 2005-06 season!

(Approximate running time is 50 minutes)

Mendelssohn, F. Hebrides Overture – Fingal’s Cave
An overture from one of the greatest composer’s of symphonic music painting a musical description of a Scottish landmark

Vivaldi, A. The Four Seasons- Spring /Winter
One of the first compositions to create images through music

Beethoven, L.v. Symphony #6 – Pastoral – Movements 3 & 4
Beethoven creates a musical landscape of the countryside. Maestro Potvin will demonstrate the musical techniques used to convey images and descriptive sounds

Gariepy, J. Ŕ vous les cloches
This Canadian composition features the woodwind, brass and percussion sections of the orchestra.

Rossini, G. Finale – William Tell Overture
The familiar theme music from “The Lone Ranger” brings the program to an exciting conclusion.

Cost per student - $5.00
An educator’s handbook will be available for this program which includes class activities, composer biographies and other information. The handbook will also be available on this Web Site.
For bookings, concert times or more information please contact Doug Walker (Education Outreach Manager) at [email protected] or 519 - 679 - 8558 ext. 241 or the Orchestra London Box Office at 519- 679 – 8778.

Concert Dates:
October 21 – available for booking
November 4 – Education Centre – 10:00/11:15
November 8 – White Oaks ES – 11:00
November 30 – Strathroy Christian School -10:00
February 7– available for booking
February 8 – available for booking
March 3 – Byron Somerset ES – 1:00/2:15 10:30/1:00
April 28 – Chippewa ES – 1:00/2:15
March 6 – Education Centre – 1:00/2:15
March 7 – Arthur Voaden SS – St. Thomas – 1:00/2:15
March 8 – East Elgin SS – Aylmer – 1:00/2:15
March 10 – Jack Chambers ES – 10:00
March 20 – available for booking
March 21 – available for booking
April 4 – Clark Road SS – 10:30/1:00
April 25 - Tillsonburg CC – 10:30/1:00
April 26 – College Ave. SS – Woodstock
May 2 – St. Mary CS – 10:00

Attention: Principals, English, Dramatic Arts, History and Music Teachers:

Hearts Made Great!

 Friday November 11, 2021
Centennial Hall, 1:00p.m
Tickets: $10.00
1 teacher / Chaperone per 10 students admitted gratis!

On Friday November 11, 2005, Orchestra London will present a unique Remembrance Day Concert as part of the City of London’s 150th anniversary celebrations, which will honour and pay tribute to the veterans of our city.

 Hearts Made Great explores the meaning of the words Honour, Loyalty, Love and Sacrifice.

Canada committed more than just troops to World War II. We committed the Canadian family. Through letters and song, Hearts Made Great tells the story of the Wise family – Victor, Nora, Julie and Margaret. Poignant in their honesty, the letters demonstrate their fighting spirit and the family’s determination to endure even in the darkest moments.

Filled with suspense, joy, hope and sadness, Hearts Made Great will take the audience back to a time when many Canadian families made the ultimate sacrifice at a pivotal moment in our shared history.

Featuring music from the Swing Era this special performance is geared towards Secondary and Senior Elementary Students. This theatrical and musical project will bring the reality of the experiences of Canadians who have fought in wars and who continue to serve and promote peace throughout the world to life for each student in attendance.

This specially-commissioned production is being led by several well-known London personalities, including director Louise Fagan and conductor and arranger, Jeff Christmas, who will lead the orchestra. The cast includes London’s Sirens, Donna Creighton, and Joanne Lawton, along with Paul Grambo and Carolyn Hall. The script is by London writer Jennifer Venner. Authentic military costumes have been provided by the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum.

 We look forward to sharing this unique experience with your students. Seats may be booked in September through our Box Office. If further information is required, please contact Doug Walker at 679-8558 x 241.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Composed by
Gian Carlo Menotti
Friday December 9, 2021
10:00 a.m.
1:30 p.m.

 St. Paul’s Cathedral
472 Richmond Street
London Ontario
 Tickets: $8.00 per student
1 Teacher or Chaperone per 10 students admitted gratis!

The tender heart warming story of Amahl and the Night Visitors is one of the most popular of American operas. Only one hour in length the opera with its beautiful score and touching English libretto is appealing to all ages and musical backgrounds. It is written specifically for young imaginations which can easily relate to a child with a headful of dreams. It remains an inspiring story of how faith, charity unselfish love and good deeds can work miracles.

Orchestra London is proud to present these special performances of this timeless work. We look forward to welcoming you and your students to share this great musical experience with us. Tickets can be booked through our box office 679 – 8778 or by contacting Doug Walker directly at 679-8558 x 241.

As part of our 2005/2006 season Orchestra London will be opening up dress rehearsals for interested student or community groups.

November 2 – A Touch of Jazz – 10:00 a.m. – Wolf Performance Hall
Experience jazz through the eyes of Classical composers as Orchestra London’s Michele Verheul plays Aaron Copeland’s Clarinet Concerto first performed by Benny Goodman in 1950. Music by Milhaud and Strauss complete the program.

February 22 – English Enchantment – 10:00 a.m. – Centennial Hall
This concert features Vaughan Williams famous oboe concerto played by Orchestra London’s Ian Franklin, Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Britten’s homage to his teacher and mentor, Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge and John Estacio’s Such Sweet Sorrow.

March 29 – Power and Grace – 10:00 a.m. – Centennial Hall
Beethoven’s Symphony # 6, Pastoral and Linda Bouchard’s Vertige are the featured works on this program in addition to a well known featured soloist performing a major concerto.

We would like to stress that these are working rehearsals that run for 2 1/2 hours. There will be a break at the 90 minute mark in the rehearsal for those who wish to leave at that time. The cost of attendance at these rehearsals is $8.00 per student. 1 teacher/chaperone for every 10 participants will be admitted free of charge. Bookings for these events may be made by calling our box office at 679 – 8778 or by calling Doug Walker directly at 679-8558 x 241.

 “We have never had a young audience we didn’t love...We don’t consider music a ‘frill’ or even an ‘enrichment’; for us it is core curriculum!”
Timothy Vernon, Music Director

“If only you could see your kids’ faces light up as the music touches them at Orchestra London’s Education Concerts. We are genuinely moved by their enthusiasm as they interact in a memorable program meant to introduce them to the joy of symphonic music.”
Christine Newland, Principal Cellist

“The program not only reinforced curriculum expectations but certainly piqued the student's interests in the music as well as the individual instruments”
Teacher, North Meadows Public School

“My favourite symphony was the one written for the percussion section because he played funny squawks, pops, clunks and clinking noises that put a smile on everyone in the audience as well as making the children laugh to their heart's content.”
Student, Clara Brenton Public School

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