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LSE artistic talent

The School is awash with artistic and musical talent. From talented students putting on plays, musical shows and pantomimes and taking their shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the exciting concerts given regularly by the LSE Choir and Orchestra, there is much to celebrate.

Staff are also involved in the arts, as musicians, choir members, amateur and semi-professional actors and artists.

  • Nigel Rogers, manager of the Centre for Economic Performance and the LSE Research Lab, has won through to the finals of the first ever UK Piano Competition for Outstanding Adult Amateurs. He was one of seven finalists.
  • Dr David Lewis, reader in social policy, is a singer/ songwriter signed to Appleseed Records. His latest CD is called  Old World New World.
  • Konni Deppe is a jazz singer who works part time at Rosebery Hall reception and performs at concerts around London and elsewhere.

And then of course there are our alumni. Mick Jagger didn't finish his course, preferring a musical career, but other alumni include Ron Moody, famed for his role as Fagin in Oliver!; authors Pat Barker and Hilary Mantel; former Radio 1 DJ Jules O'Riordan (aka Judge Jules); and Matt Osman, bass player for Suede. Newer artists include: 

  • Sophie Solomon (MSc Economic History 2000) former member of world music band Oi Va Voi
  • Maya von Doll (BSc Economic History 2001) is a member of the Soho Dolls
  • Rhian Benson, 2005 Mobo (Music of black origin) Jazz Act award winner, see Ghana web.

One way to connect with these arts- and music-related alumni is through the LSE Media Group, which organises various speaker events throughout the year.