David Gray, Annie Lennox and an LMO quartet perform on Later with Jules Holland

LMO David Gray ResizedAn LMO quartet (Rita Manning and Ian Humphries – violins, Bruce White – viola, Caroline Dale – cello) performed live on Later with Jules Holland on November 17.

Read a blog post about LMO’s performance

LMO joined the Cinematic Orchestra live on November 6 at the Roundhouse, London.

The Roundhouse resizedLMO conducted by Andy Brown joined the Cinematic Orchestra for a concert of original soundtracks for classic short films including ‘The Man with a Movie Camera’. The concert featured well known rap artist Roots Manuva and the collaboration between LMO and the Cinematic orchestra continues an association which was formed for the original recording and live performance of the Disneynature film Crimson Wing.

LMO record for U2′s 360° Tour

U2 resizedU2′s current 360° Tour features an innovative 360° design which affords an unobstructed view for the audience. It was created by U2 Show Director Willie Williams and marks the first time a band has toured in stadiums with such a unique and original structure. The tour started at the Nou Camp, Barcelona on June 30th and features incidental arrangements by Caroline Dale recorded recently with LMO.

Read a blog post about U2′s 360° Tour

LMO joined the Cinematic Orchestra live on September 17 at the Union Chapel, London.

Crimson Wing resizedLMO conducted by Andy Brown joined the Cinematic Orchestra for a debut performance of the soundtrack to the new Disney film – Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos. This collaboration continued their association which was formed for the original recording of the soundtrack.

Crimson Wing, distributed by Disneynature is now in cinemas.

LMO play GLASTO!

smallLMO appeared with Echo and the Bunnymen – performing their Ocean Rain album on the John Peel Stage on June 28 – one of the closing sets of the 2009 Glastonbury Festival.

Rupert Christie arranged and conducted a small LMO group (4 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, oboe (Ruth Bolister) and quite a lot of percussion (Greg Knowles).

Cathy Thompson led the orchestra who, after a fun day out, finally got back to their beds in London at about 6am after the long coach drive back!


Glasto introduction from Andy Brown and Rupert Christie on Vimeo

London Metropolitan Orchestra and TTXGP present “The Promise of a Generation”

ttxgpTo celebrate the launch of the world’s first clean emission grand prix, TTXGP, a symphonic pop/rock concert was performed by 70 piece London Metropolitan Orchestra (LMO) accompanied by a rock band and special visuals on two giant screens. It was held on Thursday June 11th, 2009 at The Royal Hall, Villa Marina, Isle of Man.

The event was a themed celebration of future technology, TT heritage, and Isle of Man.

img_2838-resizedFind out more at the TTXGP website

Watch an introduction to the concert by Andy Brown (link to YouTube video)

Last Shadow Puppets

TSLP ResizedThe LMO has played live with The Last Shadow Puppets on several occasions including  several of their UK performances during 2008 performing songs taken from their hit album “The Age of the Understatement” The band opened the Nationwide Mercury Prize ceremony last September in the Grosvenor Hotel, London with an orchestral performance of their title song ‘The Age of the Understatement’. A 15 piece LMO was led by Cathy Thompson and conducted by Andy Brown. There was also an appearance on  Jonathan Ross’ popular TV show where The Last Shadow Puppets performed “Standing Next to Me”, accompanied by a small group of LMO players.

Read a blog post about their tour in 2008 and LMO’s recording with Alex Turner

Echo and the Bunnymen

oceanrain ResizedOn Tuesday 16 September 2008 Echo and the Bunnymen performed live at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by LMO. The 16 strong orchestra was conducted by Rupert Christie and led by Cathy Thompson. For the show, which marked their 30th anniversary, Echo and the Bunnymen performed their 1984 classic album ‘Ocean Rain’ in its entirety.

This concert was reprised on 27 November 2008 to a sold out Liverpool Echo Arena.

Lou Reed

Lou Reed SmallThis summer of 2007 saw the European Tour of Lou Reed’s rock symphony Berlin.

Lou and his band ( were accompanied by the New London Children’s Choir and a chamber scale LMO comprising Andy Brown and Cathy Thompson – violas, Chris Fish – cello, Anthony Pike – clarinet and bass clarinet, Noel Langley – trumpet, Pete Beachill – tenor trombone and Pat Clahar – alto sax and flute.

There was another major Lou Reed European tour in 2008 which ran from 23rd June to 21st of 23rd July, Cork, Belfast, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Paris, Royal Albert Hall, London, Zurich, Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallin, Riga, Warsaw, Brussels, Lisbon, Loule and Malaga.

LMO personnel were the same as the 2007 tour, apart from the saxophonist where Jamie Talbot replaced Pat Clahar.

Read a blog post about the Berlin tour

Inspector Morse

Inspector Morse ResizedInspector Morse was LMO’s  first ever engagement in 1987 -  leading to 13 years and 33 episodes of recording which included many excerpts of classical music as well as Barrington Pheloung‘s highly effective incidental cues for the films.

Watch a video of LMO performing Morse in Oxford