Appointed Music Director with KCLSO

King’s College London Symphony Orchestra has appointed Ondřej Soukup as the orchestra’s new Music Director.

Since its inception, the KCLSO has become one of the UK’s leading student orchestras and attracts a variety of students from all across London. The orchestra is fully auditioned. Previous conductors have included Daniel Cohen, Dominic Grier, as well as its first conductor Toby Purser, who happens to be Ondřej’s conducting mentor.

Ondřej is excited to join the KCLSO team and aims to bring the orchestra out of the pandemic into a new bright future. To reflect this new world that we are entering, the first concert features Dvořák’s iconic Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’ and Coleridge-Taylor’s Rhapsodic Dance ‘The Bamboula.’ KCLSO will be joined by soloist Eugenie Dalgleish who will perform Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A minor. Future plans include exciting and challenging programmes, national and international tours as well as projects to support young composers and conductors.

Save the date: First concert takes place on 4th December at 7.30pm in the Great Hall, King’s College London on the Strand campus.

For more information about the concert and KCLSO, visit

Photos by Jana Marie Knotová, Andrew Perry, Dominik Bachurek, Jakub Lhota, Royal College of Music, a KCLSO.