Hitting the right notes with London symphony orchestra
We once again provided rigging and ground support for the fourth annual BMW London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) Open Air Classics concert in Trafalgar Square, Sunday 17th May.
The free, un-ticketed event took place in the historic surroundings of the capital city’s most famous square and was enjoyed by a capacity crowd. It was conducted by principal conductor of the LSO, Valery Gergiev, and featured performances of Shostakovich music, where captivating, young violinist Nicola Benedetti wowed the crowd.
We installed two 12m, 2 tonne PA towers and bespoke screen supports for the two 5m by 4m screens which were positioned either side of the stage to allow the audience to witness the classical performances up close.
Our installation director, Kevin Monks, said: “Trafalgar Square is one of the most beautiful and historical venues within London and this was at the forefront of our minds throughout the whole installation.
“We ensured the rigging and support structures matched the aspirations of the event organisers, whilst remaining sensitive to this great location. In such a busy area of the capital the load in and out had to be swift and seamless.”
The LSO were joined on stage by young musicians from East London, who are all members of LSO’s ‘On Track’ initiative.
This initiative aims to provide opportunities for young instrumentalists from 10 London boroughs and offers them training from LSO members and the chance to take part in performances like this one. As well as these young performers, the LSO were joined by musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.