We have had a fantastic start to the year here at CLS as momentum has built preparing for our long-awaited Émigré concert series, not to mention a wealth of other concerts and projects, including First Time Live in Harlow and the first two lunchtime concerts as part of City of London Festival’s Free Winter Concert Series at St Andrews Holborn. Just scroll down to see some of our favourite moments from the last couple of months, as well as our Chief Executive, Matthew Swann’s recent adventures in Tokyo, Japan.
Last Wednesday (25 February) we had a fantastic turn-out for the first concert of the series, CLoSer: To and From Buenos Aires which explored a range of tango music composed by Piazzolla, Golijov and Bartók. We received some great audience feedback, which you can check out on our previous blog, and don’t forget that the performance is available to watch for free on our YouTube channel until Thursday 5 March!
Before and after the performance, we had great fun trying out the tango with the help of teachers, Greg Warren-Wilson and Liz Tomlin, who also gave a live performance alongside the music!
That day, the orchestra also played the second of three lunchtime concerts at St Andrews Holborn as part of City of London Festival’s Free Winter Concert Series . We also performed a brilliant programme there on 28 January, including JC Bach’s Concerto for Bassoon and K Stamtiz’s Concerto for Flute and Oboe.
We’re delighted that CLS Patron, Dame Felicity Lott and CLS leader, Alexandra Wood appeared on BBC Radio 3 In Tune in the last couple of months to talk about our work on projects and the upcoming concert series.
Our Chief Executive has been in Tokyo, Japan this week exploring opportunities for a potential tour in a few years time. We’ve loved hearing about his culinary adventures and the sights he has seen on the way! Here are a few of our selected favourite pictures, including the park and surroundings of the Meiji Shrine, shellfish sushi, the best airline food we’ve ever seen, and the (seemingly unnavigable) underground system.
As part of First Time Live – Youth in partnership with Orchestras Live, more than 100 pupils from five secondary schools in Harlow, Essex took part in a series of workshops led by City of London Sinfonia and music leader John K Miles this February. They worked together to create a collaborative piece for performance: Transition, which focused on the different transitions one might make in life, in particular the journey from primary to secondary school. Together with the young musicians, the orchestra performed in two orchestral concerts—one for an audience of primary school groups and the other for parents, carers and the general public.
Meanwhile in the CLS office, our Chief Executive Matthew Swann has been getting ready to brave the Winter cold, little Ellie (our Education Manager, Gillian Hunter-Gibbs’ new-born) paid a very welcome visit to the office, and we’ve been celebrating Chinese New Year with a Chinese take away during a late-night work session!
Next in our Émigré concert series is CLoSer: Émigré – Ljova on 29 April 2015. You can find out more on our website.
CLOSER: Émigré – Ljova
Wednesday 29 April 2015, 7:30pm
Village Underground, Shoreditch
Tickets £15 or £5 for students (pre-register at www.cls.co.uk/cls-fiver) available from Spitalfields Music Box Office or via phone on 020 7377 1362.