Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra

Welcome to the website for all former LSSO players

This archive and memorabilia website was established in 2000 for LSSO players from the Eric Pinkett era (1948 to 1976) but it is now a website for all players from all eras. The archive contains photographs and press articles as well as links to photographs, videos and audio downloads. The site continues to develop and all new materials will be welcome so please feel free to get in touch.

- John Whitmore for anything to do with the archives or memorabilia. All new contributions will be gratefully received: photos, press articles, videos etc. No permission is required to download or print any of the items.

- Philip Monk - if you have any suggestions for the site, amendments to the content, or any new contact details

Eric Pinkett - the Founder of the LSSO
Havergal Brian recording session Time to Remember - 1948 to 1980
Previn conducts Russlan and Ludmilla
Tippett conducts Ives

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra 1987


LSSO 70th Anniversary Reunion 24th March 2018. John Whitmore writes: I am sharing an email from Richard Hallam just to keep everyone updated: Initial plans are progressing with regard to the reunion. There will be good music, good food and good company! Also, plenty of free choice for individuals and groups to join in as much or as little as they wish including opportunities to catch up with old friends and make new ones; make music together; watch footage of archive materials; hear current LSSO young musicians; Currently our thinking (NOT cast in stone!) is as follows: Colleagues would be able to arrive from mid-morning (10.30ish) on Saturday March 24th 2018 with refreshments available and networking. Several people have indicated that they want to play, so a 90 minute slot is being proposed for a full orchestra, which could be augmented by some current LSSO players so that we have a reasonably balanced group. There could also be the opportunity to play in some chamber groups if colleagues wish to. We can decide whether we want to have a performance to fellow colleagues who do not wish to play. It is important to have a good buffet lunch so nearer the time we will need to get dietary requirements etc. We should allow a good hour for lunch to facilitate more networking and catching up. John Whitmore has put together some archive material, so this could be viewed on a loop or as a one off showing for those who wish to see it. Depending on how formal we decide we want it to be, there may be some speeches and celebrities/VIPs. From around 5pm the current LSSO will have a short rehearsal at Holy Trinity Church, where we could also arrange a reception and those who wish, can attend their concert at 7.30pm. Transport could be provided from the venue to the church. Logistically, we are exploring the possibility of using Guthlaxton college as a venue, which has all the facilities we require. Above all, as well as having a great day, each era will be able to personalise the day to suit their own preferences.

Please contact Richard Hallam if you could spare some time to help organize this.