It was a joy to be back at Southwark Cathedral for another instalment of Restore and Revive on 19 May – our first in-person concert to a live audience this year. The day was full of smiles as our musicians caught up with each other and finally were able to perform together again. We were delighted to welcome back an audience for this celebration of the return of live music and indoor entertainment.

Take a look at how the performance unfolded through photos by Tom Bowles.

  • Alexandra Wood
  • Katherine Spencer
  • Dan Bates
  • Fiona Bonds
  • Fiona Kelly
  • Beth Randell
  • Will Schofield

Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was the perfect piece to start our celebration, with all musicians coming together on stage for the first time since our Christmas concert – prior to the long lockdown – last year. Britten’s intricate Sinfonietta followed, bringing contrasting moments of uncertainty and calm.

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  • Rebecca Scott
  • David Blackadder
  • Stephen Stirling
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  • Abi Hyde-Smith
  • Katherine Spencer
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For the finale, Alexandra Wood (Creative Director and Leader) advised some of our audience members to turn their chairs round as the next piece, Mendelssohn’s Octet, was to be performed in the round in the middle of the Nave. This performance bubbled with life the whole way through, just as Matt Maguire (Viola) said it would.

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  • Alexandra Wood leading
  • Will Schofield
  • Fran Barritt
  • Rebecca Scott in Octet
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  • City of London Sinfonia Mendelssohn Octet
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This truly was a celebration for everyone; for our musicians, the audience, and orchestra and Cathedral management. Hodge the cat seemed to enjoy it too. We’re looking forward to more performances very soon!

  • Alexandra Wood
  • Audience
  • Audience
  • CLS at Southwark Cathedral
  • Jane, Fran and Alex after performance
  • Rebecca Scott smiling

All images in this blog post are © Tom Bowles for City of London Sinfonia, 2021.


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