Orchestra London Canada

Orchestra London Canada was a professional Canadian symphony orchestra based in London, Ontario. The orchestra was founded by conductor and violinist Bruce Sharpe in 1937 with the name the London Civic Symphony Orchestra. In 1957 the orchestra changed its name to the London Symphony Orchestra, and it adopted its current name in 1981.[1]

After weeks of speculation, the orchestra ceased operations on December 11, 2014 due to massive budget shortfalls.[2] The musicians of the now bankrupt organization formally filed for bankruptcy on behalf of the orchestra on May 22, 2015.[3] Despite this, the contracted musicians of the ensemble have continued to put on self-produced concerts within the London community.[4]

Until early, former musicians of the ensemble played under the identity, "#WePlayOn". On January 20, 2017, however, the musicians launched their new identity, "London Symphonia," at a concert at Metropolitan United Church in London, Ontario. The new identity includes a logo change and the launch of a new website, LondonSymphonia.ca.[5] The group has 28 musicians and a concertmaster.[6]

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  1. ^ Novak, Barbara; Jane Baldwin; Andres Mcintosh (May 25, 2015). "Orchestra London Canada". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Foundation.
  2. ^ Maloney, Patrick (December 11, 2014). "Symphony locks doors after cancelling weekend shows and, reportedly, dozens set for 2015". The London Free Press.
  3. ^ Maloney, Patrick (May 22, 2015). "Orchestra London can't afford to pay for its own bankruptcy, so its former musicians will cover the cost". The London Free Press. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  4. ^ Cornies, Larry (January 9, 2015). "Besieged orchestra musicians resolve to play on". The London Free Press.
  5. ^ "#WePlayOn Is Now London Symphonia". #WePlayOn. January 21, 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  6. ^ "Meet the Musicians". London Symphonia. Retrieved May 10, 2020.

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