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We create dynamic and engaging musical experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds, performing throughout London and the UK in concert halls, schools and hospitals, alternative venue spaces and diverse community settings.

Clarinet in Concert Playlist

Follow this link to download the spotify playlist for our upcoming concert at Cadogan Hall on 7 April 2011.

CLS Playlist – 7 April 2011


Five things you never knew about Jemima Puddleduck

It’s our first Crash Bang Wallop! family concert of the year tomorrow, which sees Stephen McNeff’s fantastic The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck performed. In honour of this we’ve put together our top five Jemima Puddleduck facts.

1. Jemima also appears in another Beatrix Potter book, The Tale of Tom Kitten. 

2. She’s over 103 years old, as the book was first published in 1908. 

3. The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck is the twelfth in the Beatrix Potter series.


4. It’s set at Beatrix Potter’s farm Hill Top in the Lake District, which you can still visit today.

5. Jemima Puddleduck is the second most popular character in terms of spin-off merchandise, after Peter Rabbit.


Hope to see you at Cadogan Hall tomorrow!

The CLS team 

Crash Bang Wallop!
Saturday 26 March 12.00pm
Cadogan Hall, London 



Concert Focus: Crash, Bang, Wallop!

You can tell one of our big Crash, Bang, Wallop! family concerts is fast approaching when the CLS office turns into a full time craft production zone! Right now our photocopier is running non-stop, producing brightly coloured musical word searches and colouring sheets and we’re busily laminating signs and gathering up percussion instruments for all of our pre-concert activities on Saturday.


Saturday’s concert at Cadogan Hall is based around stories and nursery rhymes, with some pieces written by our very own presenter, James Redwood, and our grand finale will be The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck by Stephen McNeff.  Also on the programme is a brand new piece by a young composer, 17 year old Joaquim (Quim) Badia Arumi. Quim is currently in his final year at the Purcell School for Young Musicians and will next year be continuing his studies at the Royal College of Music. The piece he has written is called Armentier and is written for solo piano and flute with orchestra. 


Quim told us: “Armentier was written in August 2010 in a little village called Armentera, in Costa Brava in Spain. It’s a mixture of up-beat music and calm, lyric writing. I wanted to explore the different textures of both the flute and the piano and how they can convey different characters.”


The multi-talented Quim will be playing the solo piano part and will be joined on stage by fellow Purcell School pupil, flautist Charlotte Ashton.  Both Quim and Charlotte are also part of the pupil-led Impulse Outreach group at the Purcell School and have toured the country giving workshops and concerts to schools and communities.    

If you’d like to join us and hear Quim’s piece, as well as Jemima Puddleduck and much more, the last few tickets for Saturday’s concert are available at the Cadogan Hall box office on 020 7730 4500.

Gillian Hunter

Education Manager

Out of Office: Elaine

This is one of the many new features we’re introducing to our blog over the coming months. First up is Out of Office, where you’ll find out what CLS musicians and staff get up to away from the office and the music.


Elaine Baines, our General Manager, tells us about the pressures and parallels of dog showing at the phenomenon that is Crufts.


I’m honoured to be owned and managed by a smooth fox terrier called Balengro Woodland Venture – otherwise known as Archie. Saturday morning saw us trotting round Ring 7 at Crufts, the greatest and most exciting dog show in the world.


You would be surprised how much orchestra concerts and dog showing have in common! Both require a lot of preparation: you have to be dressed right, know how to behave in the ring, practice one’s moves for hours, keep an eye on the audience (judge), and try and give the performance of your life! And then the dog needs washing, grooming, and persuading to get out of bed at 3am to travel to Birmingham.



Musicians strive for the most perfect interpretation and performance of a work, while dog breeders try for their ideal smooth fox terrier. My ideal smooth terrier would be one that doesn’t try and savage the wheels off every wheelie bin it sees and bite the ankles of men in hi-viz jackets!  In the meantime I’ll have to make do with Archie!


Thankfully the fox terrier judge was wearing a dark suit and sober tie so his ankles survived and we got a 4th place in post graduate dog!


Elaine Baines

General Manager