The history of the National Symphony Orchestra of London (UK) began in the 1940s when young musicians in uniform gave concerts to wartime audiences. By the end of WWII, it was acknowledged to be one of the finest orchestra in Europe and went from strength to strength, continuing to make records and record the sound track for major films, including the cult film, Brief Encounter.

Since the 1980s the orchestra has given concerts all over Great Britain and Europe, made more than 40 complete recordings of classic musicals for That’s Entertainment Records, appeared in many films and worked with artists, composers and conductors such as Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crowe ,Barrington Pheloung, Ron Goodwin, Reba McEntire, Cliff Richards, Morcheeba, G4 and Katherine Jenkins. The latter has now appointed the NSO to be her official orchestra for all her major tours in Great Britain.

The orchestra recently took part in a unique concert. The Artistic Director of the NSO Anne Collis, was commissioned to create a 45-minute piece for live musicians from the electronic score by Michael Andrews for the cult film Donnie Darko. The first performance took place in August to a capacity audience of 10,000 excited Donnie Darko fans in London’s Kensington Gardens.

The NSO is particularly proud of its long association with ABBA – THE SHOW. For nearly five years now the younger members of the orchestra have been regularly touring Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and the USA with this exciting show.

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