As August draws to a close we reflect back on the year that was at City of London Sinfonia. There’s been national tours, festivals, glittery cowboy hats, audience votes and a heap of fantastic performances by the Orchestra. So as we wish our 2012/13 season a fond farewell we’ve selected eight of our favourite moments to share with you…
We kicked off our season with a latin-inspired performance at Village Underground featuring the Katona Twins, and also featuring some very fine tango from our two dancers
December 2012 saw our first Crash Bang Wallop! Christmas Special. Animateur Claire Bloor guided the audience through Tchaikovsky‘s Nutcracker Suite and we even received a surprise visit from Father Christmas!
Ahoy! In Autumn 2012 and Spring 2013 our players donned their sailor hats and took to the high seas for Lullaby – our early years outreach project. Children aged 3-6 across in East Anglia and South East England had the opportunity to try out instruments and sing along to our under the sea-themed performance.
We were joined by jazz titan Tim Garland in February 2013 for CLOSER. Performing Tim Garland’s new composition, Songs to the North Sky, and Schnittke’s Mozart a la Haydn (as voted for by our audience), the Orchestra whipped up a frenzy of quirky, contemporary music
Ooh La la! In April 2013 we presented our first mini festival, centred around the music of Francis Poulenc and contemporaries. With performances at St Giles’ Cripplegate, Village Underground and Southwark Cathedral, we really got to explore all sides of this fascinating and charismatic composer
In May, we performed a concert with the patients and staff at St Joseph’s Hospice, as part of Dying Matters week, which was the culmination of a series of workshops in which the patients composed and performed new music inspired by their thoughts, experiences and feelings
The first leg of our Faure Requiem Tour was a great success and we had a great time on the road visiting Durham, Derby, Ely and Portsmouth. Here is Stephen Layton, Gabriel Jackson and the Ely Cathedral Choir ahead of their broadcast on BBC Radio 3
And finally, how could we recap our 2012/13 season without a nod to Opera Holland Park, at which we are resident orchestra… Pictured here, a new addition to the Orchestra – the resident Opera Holland Park peacock!
Images: James Berry, Sarah Macdonald, Paul Coghlin, Ruth Mulvey, Becca Newman