London Philharmonic Orchestra rehearse together for first time in months

  • Video report by ITV News Reporter Chloe Keedy

It is set to be a weekend full of reunions in England, in places and with friends people haven't seen for months.

The world-famous London Philharmonic Orchestra, which has been around for 90 years, invited ITV News to witness its own get together.

For the first time in months since lockdown began, its musicians met in person to rehearse.

Fellow, Tamaki Sugimoto, told ITV News: "It just feels wonderful, I feel so alive, this was the first time I got out of the house with my cello since March and I forgot how heavy my cello is."

She added: "It's just so nice to be making music, not via the screen."

Chief Executive, David Burke, said the London Philharmonic Orchestra has "lost 60% of its income overnight which is about £4 million".

He also called on the government for "investment not support" before adding: "we will repay this ten times over in terms of the social benefits and the wellbeing of the nation and also financial return - we bring a lot of money into the country".

They would usually fill a large room but now they must rehearse in small groups, but like everyone else, they're just grateful they finally can.