Who We Are
Often known just as 'LDOC', the London Doctors' Orchestra and Choir was founded in 2009. Set up by a small group of doctors in West London, the original members wanted to make sure that they could keep making music together after they left university and had started busy jobs as junior doctors. After many months of planning, the first rehearsal took place in October 2009, and the first performance in February 2010. At that exciting first concert LDOC performed Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn (St. Anthony Variations), Haydn's St. Nicholas Mass and Mozart's Symphony No. 40.
We have performed twice a year ever since, with the group going from strength to strength and growing steadily in numbers. There have been many highlights, including performances of symphonies by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák, Mozart's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Elgar's Enigma Variations to name but a few.
In December 2015 we added to our Spring and Autumn concerts with our first charity carol concert in the chapel of Great Ormond Street Hospital. This has since become an annual tradition and in June 2017 we also went on the road with our first concert outside London, touring to Bury St Edmunds.
Our members now include doctors, ranging from medical students and juniors to consultants and GPs, as well as other healthcare professionals and students from a wide variety of fields. As we have grown, we have also welcomed members from all sorts of other backgrounds, including vets, lawyers and civil servants.
Rehearsals are relaxed and sociable, and are a great opportunity to meet new people. To help fit in with the busy lives of our members, rehearsals take place just once a month on a Sunday afternoon. We're always looking for new members for both our choir and orchestra, regardless of previous experience - if you're interested in joining you can find out more information here.