A community orchestra of Square Mile-based amateur musicians has received a £5,000 grant to hold a series of City concerts over the next year.

The City of London Corporation awarded the London Euphonia Orchestra (LEO) the grant to help it diversify the local music scene and attract new audiences.

The LEO hopes to deliver concerts in varied and underused in the Square Mile, and to recruit more City workers, including those who may have played in their youth.

Dario Peluso, conductor and musical director of LEO, said: ‘There are so many underused and inspiring venues within the Square Mile and beyond but generally they are too expensive for us to use.

‘We feel it would be beneficial to the whole of the City community to see more innovative music being played in these wonderful spaces.

‘We want to encourage those who work in the City and across other areas of London to come and see fantastic orchestral music played by a fun, diverse and committed group. Through our concerts so far, we have reached those who would never have come to an orchestral concert and we desperately want to grow this so we can welcome even more.’