History of London Lawyers' Music

Making music for over 30 years

Our history

Founded in 1980 by a group of law students, LLM gave its first public concert in London in February 1983. We have staged an unbroken series of concerts every year since then.

Highlights of the first decade included performances of Beethoven's and Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony and Brahms's 2nd Symphony, Orff's Carmina Burana and the Mozart and Verdi Requiem.

For our 10th anniversary we commissioned a new work by Judith Bingham, The Uttermost, and gave its premiere at Westminster Central Hall together with a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, LLM held a Gala Concert at Christ Church, Spitalfields and awarded two bursaries to Royal Academy of Music students. We continue to support their development in these crucial early stages of their careers through an active involvement with our concert programme.

The last few years have seen the orchestra performing works as diverse as Elgar's Enigma variations, the Sibelius and Shostakovich 5th Symphony, Stravinsky's Firebird Suite and Gershwin's An American in Paris. Choral repertoire has ranged from Monteverdi to Tippett, performed both a cappella and with the orchestra.

In 1999, the combined forces gave a 125th anniversary performance of the Verdi Requiem and in 2001 we were joined by soloists from English National Opera for a programme including the Rossini Stabat Mater.

Our 30th Anniversary Gala Concert, which included Wagner (Overture from The Flying Dutchman), Britten (Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes) and Mozart (Great Mass in C minor), took place at St John's, Smith Square and was a great success.

The concert was repeated at St Saviour's Church, St Albans, as part of St Albans International Organ Festival 2013.

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