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Kensington Symphony Orchestra’s Sponsored Play 
Sunday 15 February 2015, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush 12noon-6pm

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About KSO Sponsored Play XV

Following the phenomenal success of its Sponsored Play at Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush) in 2013, which raised over £15,000 for War Child, Kensington Symphony Orchestra returned to Westfield on Sunday 15th February 2015 for another Sponsored Play, the second at Westfield London and the 15th in a series that started in 1989.

The format was simple: for 6 hours, between 70 and 100 musicians from KSO performed a continuous concert in front of Westfield’s shopping crowds, conducted by more than 25 volunteers from any walk of life, each of whom donated money in exchange for their few minutes of fame on the podium.

KSO is very grateful to Westfield London, which provided great support for the event so that all the proceeds can go to charity.

The money raised from sponsorship and donations on the day will go to two charities: at least 70% will go to War Child, a small international charity currently working to protect children from the brutal effects of war and its consequences in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Syria and Uganda; the rest goes to KSO itself, which uses the money to support its concerts and its own charitable aims, including the Kampala Music School in Uganda.

Kensington Symphony Orchestra, one of the UK’s finest non-professional orchestras, has spent nearly 60 years at the heart of London’s amateur music scene. It enjoys a reputation for performing concerts at the highest standards at its home at St John’s Smith Square in Westminster, at Queen Elizabeth Hall and at Milton Court.

In 2015 we were again raising money for War Child. Kensington Symphony Orchestra played from 12 noon to 6pm on Sunday 15 February 2015 at Westfield London (Shepherd's Bush) to raise money for War Child ( !**

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