Building on the success of our return to live indoor performance in September, City of London Sinfonia (CLS) will return to Southwark Cathedral this autumn with six more socially distanced performances. Restore and Revive features hand-picked favourites from CLS musicians across three concerts, in an uplifting and invigorating series that celebrates the long-awaited reconnection with audiences through the revival of live music performance.

The concerts have been designed in accordance with current safety guidelines around live public performances during the Covid-19 pandemic whilst retaining the familiar signatures of City of London Sinfonia’s seriously informal style. Audiences will be able to experience the concert series in flexible and socially distanced seating configurations positioned in the nave or in-promenade taking in the breathtaking architecture and distinct acoustics throughout the cathedral.

Alexandra Wood, CLS’s Creative Director and Orchestra Leader, said:

“Our autumn concerts are a reunion and a celebration of different parts of the orchestra: a string concert, a wind concert and, after many months, we will finally come together for a full-scale symphony. The winds have chosen music which is special to them. In the string concert, we explore two “staples” of the string repertoire: Serenades by Elgar and Tchaikovsky, filled with emotion, passion and drama. Haydn’s ‘London’ Symphony is not just a chance for everybody to perform together again, but a nod to our name, and a chance to remember how culturally important and resilient London has been and will continue to be.”

Matthew Swann, CLS’s Chief Executive, said:

“We were delighted to welcome audiences back for our first Southwark Cathedral performances in six months in September – both those who joined us in-person and those who experienced the concerts online, totalling more than 30,000 on Facebook and YouTube. Restore and Revive takes the vision of reconnecting with audiences further, inviting them into the concert going experience and the heart of the music in a safe but engaging way.”

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Restore and Revive concerts

Series details

  • Date/times: 22 October, 4 November, 26 November (2pm and 7pm)
  • Running time: c.75minutes
  • Venue: Southwark Cathedral, SE1 9DA
  • Repertoire: Elgar and Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Ligeti, Strauss and Mozart
  • Ticket prices: £15-£1 – no booking fee
  • Online booking in advance only: cls.co.uk
  • Safety measures and FAQs: cls.co.uk
  • Press enquiries: Jenn Reynolds
Goldberg Variations at Southwark Cathedral, 18 September 2020

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