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Orchestra to turn city centre spaces into musical squares

Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

THE UNMISTAKEABLE sound of a live orchestra will fill Leicester city centre later this week, with two performances that are set to be a treat for music lovers.

Playing pieces of all conceivable styles, the 40-piece Street Orchestra of London (SOL) will perform in Jubilee Square and the new Market Square on Friday afternoon (14 July) as part of its summer tour programme.

Each performance will last around 40 minutes and feature around 20 pieces of music, ranging from classical to contemporary and from jazz to pop – and both performances are free for everyone to enjoy.

Those having a late lunch in Jubilee Square can see the orchestra perform at 2.10pm, while anyone shopping at Leicester Market can take a break at 3.05pm to enjoy the music in the brand new Market Square.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “These are going to be very special performances by some very talented young musicians, and I’m delighted that they will be taking place in our two new squares.

“The new Market Square is the perfect place for people to come together to enjoy the music, and I’m sure that the Street Orchestra of London will get everyone in the mood for the weekend with its upbeat performance.”

Priding themselves on bringing orchestral music to all sorts of people in unusual and informal settings, the SOL’s members – all young professional musicians – shun the formality of traditional orchestras, setting up in less than five minutes and dressing casually for their performances.

Their visit to Leicester has been coordinated by De Montfort University (DMU).

DMU’s head of music Chris Heighton said: “We’ve been planning to bring SOL to Leicester for some time now and – in collaboration with a number of DMU Square Mile and #DMULocal partners – we’ve created a programme of six unique performances across the city, bringing live orchestral music to communities across Leicester.”

The SOL will also give private performances at Leicester Prison, the Leicester Royal Infirmary, De Montfort University and Wyggeston Hospital Chapel during their day in Leicester on Friday.

More information about the orchestra is available at