Prokofiev's spectacular Romeo & Juliet Suite - which includes the infamous Dance of the Knights (AKA the theme music to The Apprentice) - and Sibelius' stirring Fifth Symphony sandwich Strauss' soulful Oboe Concerto, with soloist Nathan Evans. Nathan has also been principle oboist with LGSO for twenty-one years. In 2016, the orchestra were part of the BBC's All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge. In the third episode, they were challenged to play a concerto extract with a soloist from their own ranks: LGSO chose Nathan and Nathan chose Strauss. He was mentored by teenage hero-and perhaps the most famous oboist in the world-Nicholas Daniel, and is being mentored again by Nick as he prepares for the full concerto. In his other life, Nathan is a writer, director and performer whose work in film and theatre has been funded by the Arts Council, toured with the British Council, broadcast on Channel 4, archived in the BFI Mediatheque and awarded some statuettes. The orchestra was founded in May 1996 by conductor Robin Gordon-Powell and gave its first performance at London's Drill Hall in October that year; over two decades later, LGSO still retains some of those original members. It is the oldest LGBT orchestra in the UK and one of only a handful in the world, gives five concerts every year at venues including St John's Smith Square and the Southbank Centre, has toured to cities including Paris, Zagreb, and Cologne, has performed with artists including Jimmy Somerville, Rosalind Plowright and Sue Perkins, has recorded a score for the cult film Pervirella, and raised thousands for charities such as Amnesty and Albert Kennedy Trust. Patrons include Night Tsar Amy Lame. 'The orchestra shine with a sense of energy and flair that make them a joy to watch. The overpowering sound they create is nothing short of spectacular.' So So Gay Christopher Braime studied conducting at the Royal College of Music and has been musical director of LGSO since 2011. He's also MD of Putney Choral Society and Grosvenor Light Opera Company as well as guest conductor for Sussex Symphony Orchestra.