London Gypsy Orchestra

Inspired by centuries of Gypsy folklore, the London Gypsy Orchestra brings together 45 musicians of all backgrounds and nationalities to perform vibrant, passionate and energetic music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

The largest ensemble of its kind in Western Europe, the London Gypsy Orchestra was established in 2005 by violinist Gundula Gruen, who continues to be director and soloist. She leads the group in creating fresh and surprising arrangements of time-honoured melodies, performed on both traditional and classical instruments and combined with striking vocals, telling tales of love, loss, joy and sorrow.

Performances and Venues
The group performs in a variety of venues and formats – from evening gala concerts to theatre venues and festival appearances. Our Gypsy Extravaganza shows also feature the LGO’s spectacular Gypsy Dance Group, creating a whirlwind of colour, movement and sound – see here for details and description.

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 and the London International Gypsy Film Festival.

The LGO’s 16-piece ensemble
In addition to full-group performances, a smaller line-up of around 16 musicians performs at more intimate or further-flung venues around the UK – recent events have taken them from Cornwall to Cumbria.

Community events and charitable aims
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. Read more about our aims and work as a charity here.

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