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Ruth Rosales: Secrets of the Garden

As we prepare for our Crash Bang Wallop! Secrets of the Garden family concert on 18 June, we caught up with CLS animateur Ruth Rosales.

Ruth has also been leading workshops with CLS musicians for Key Stage 1 children in Tower Hamlets around the theme of Secrets of the Garden – writing songs to perform with the Orchestra in June.

What is an animateur?

An animateur is someone who helps people to appreciate music in new ways; so it could be someone who does workshops and projects, or someone who introduces pieces in a concert. For me, an animateur is someone who bridges the gap between the orchestra and the audience.

What’s the best part of working on a project like Secrets of the Garden?

I love working on projects that require imagination, both from me and the children. Some of the creative comments and responses that I get in workshops are simply fantastic.  It’s so exciting to see the project develop and where it ends up, as it can change from the initial idea to something completely different.

It’s also amazing to see the children singing all together enthusiastically and being excited about orchestras and the instruments.

How do you come up with the ideas for a concert?

I like the projects to have an educational message for the children; Secrets of the Garden is focusing on bees and how important they are for the environment.

You always wear amazing costumes – how important is costume to you to make your stories come alive?

I have presented concerts without costume before, but what I particularly love about wearing costumes is that it helps a character to develop and a story to be told. I think by asking the children to make costumes or props, it also helps them to feel more involved.

Why do you think music is so important to children as they grow and learn?

There is so much pressure on children today to be doing tests and exams and fewer chances for them to be creative and to just have fun. Music provides an opportunity for creativity.

There are also countless studies that show music helps social and emotional development and communication skills. Music is a huge part of my life and I love sharing something that’s been so instrumental to me.

Crash Bang Wallop! Secrets of the Garden is on 18 June at Cadogan Hall – free activities from 10am, concert 11am-12pm. Book now.

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Our year in pictures – 2015

It was quite a year at CLS. We began 2015 with our Émigré series, full of music by composers who travelled the globe looking for fame and fortune, new artistic experiences, or just a safe place to call home. We did some travelling of our own when we visited Mexico in the spring, before setting up camp once again with Opera Holland Park over the summer. This autumn saw the beginning of our RE:Imagine series, which explores composers’ new interpretations and perspectives on existing works. Take a stroll with us down memory lane and see some of our highlights from 2015…

With the help of some brilliant cat gifs, we channelled our inner dancers for the tango-inspired CLoSer: To and From Buenos Aires. We also reminded ourselves just how weird cats can be!

The real dancers who joined us for the concert were brilliant, though!

 

In April, Russian-born New York composer and violist Ljova joined us for a special residency. He delighted us all with his beautiful blend of classical music, Russian folk, Klezmer and jazz, reflecting his own émigré roots. In anticipation of his arrival, we all thought up our favourite viola jokes…

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Crash Bang Wallop! Let it Snow

Our popular family concert series, Crash Bang Wallop! returns with a seasonal special on 12 December. Join our wonderful Orchestra and animateur Claire as they work together to bring snowy weather to Cadogan Hall with lots of festive favourites and sing-a-long carols. 

Take a look at our playlist which features music from the concert, including music for a sleigh ride from father and son, Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart…

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Crash Bang Wallop! Let it Snow
Saturday 12 December 2015, 11am
Pre-concert activities from 10am
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DJ
Adults £10, Children £8, Family £30 (for 4 tickets)
Box Office cadoganhall.com / 020 7730 4500

Crash Bang Wallop! After The Musical Party

We all had a wonderful time celebrating with our marvellous animateur Claire at Crash Bang Wallop! The Musical Party. Luckily, we were joined by our friend James Berry, who took these wonderful pictures of the concert (and the pre-concert creative activities) for us to remember the special day. Take a look at all the fun we had…

Join us on 12 December for our next Crash Bang Wallop! concert, Let it Snow. Help Claire and the musicians to bring the winter weather to Cadogan Hall with lots of sing-along carols, festive favourites and more.

Crash Bang Wallop! Let it Snow
Saturday 12 December 2015, 11am
Pre-concert activities from 10am
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DJ
Adults £10, Children £8, Family £30 (for 4 tickets)
Box Office cadoganhall.com / 020 7730 4500

Crash Bang Wallop! The Musical Party

We return to Cadogan Hall on 31 October for our Crash Bang Wallop! family concert, The Musical Party, and it’s certainly got us in the party mood! To celebrate, we’ve put together a playlist of the pieces we’ll be performing, so you can have a little listen before the concert…

So don your favourite party outfit and join us on Saturday 31 October for a fun-filled musical celebration. The concert starts at 11am, but why not come along for some great pre-concert creative activities from 10am? Meet the musicians, try your hand at the conductor’s baton, visit the Percussion Zoo, and make lots of fun crafts.

We look forward to welcoming you to our party!

Crash Bang Wallop! The Musical Party
Saturday 31 October 2015, 11am
Pre-concert activities from 10am
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DJ
Adults £10, Children £8, Family £30 (for 4 tickets)
Box Office cadoganhall.com / 020 7730 4500

Month in Pictures: May and June

The last two months at City of London Sinfonia have certainly been busy ones, with some sad ‘lasts’ and exciting ‘firsts’ of many projects and programmes. Back in May our residency at Opera Holland Park began with some fantastic productions of Puccini’s Il Trittico and Jonathan Dove’s Flight, while our Émigré concert series ended on a high with Georgian London at Shoreditch Church on 16 June. Towards the end of last month, the orchestra also went on a five-day tour of Mexico with our Principal Conductor, Stephen Layton and cellist Matthew Barley (you can read more about the trip on this blog post). In education news, we were delighted to put on another of our popular family concerts, Crash Bang Wallop! at Cadogan Hall and several KS1 projects in Tower Hamlets and Harrow with the wonderful New York composer and musician, Ljova. 

Our Georgian London concert on 16 June marked the end of our Émigré concert series with a programme of music by Handel, Mozart, JC Bach and Haydn in the beautiful surroundings of Shoreditch Church. Below are a few photos taken from our Twitter followers of the rehearsals and concert. You can read more about the concert in our most recent blog post, Retrospective: Georgian London, and don’t forget you can listen to the whole thing online for 30 days on BBC IPlayer!

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Month in Pictures: March and April

With New York musician, Ljova in town for our long-awaited, two-week collaboration, several more concerts as part of our émigré series and lots of education work, particularly with young primary school students, the Spring months at City of London Sinfonia have certainly been jam-packed. 

A unique mix of Klezmer, classical music, Balkan Gypsy and jazz, we’ve loved getting to know New York composer and musician, Ljova’s music over the last two weeks. Travelling over 3500 miles to join us for a two-week period, Ljova has performed alongside our musicians in several projects and concerts, including our recent CLoSer at Village Underground, Key Stage One projects with young children in Harrow and Tower Hamlets and participated in our L’Chaim outreach work with Jewish Care Homes. Just this week, he joined us in a DASH Arts café at Rich Mix, Shoreditch, and we look forward to welcoming him at Cadogan Hall this Saturday for our next Crash Bang Wallop family concert, Bon Voyage! Continue reading Month in Pictures: March and April

Love and longing in Dvorák’s Cello Concerto

In advance of our upcoming concert on 2 May, From Hollywood to New York, at Cadogan Hall, we’ve taken a closer look at Dvořák’s ever-popular Cello Concerto, which we perform alongside the fantastic YCAT artist, Michael Petrov.

DVORAK homesick longing

Dvořák wrote his Cello Concerto during his three-year residency in America. Bittersweet and melancholic, the work is infused with his homesick longing for his Czech homeland just like his New World symphony.

Dvorak an expression of love

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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – A Kids Guide

In advance of our upcoming Crash Bang Wallop! family concert all about the weather and featuring Vivaldi’s glorious Four Seasons, we created a quick go-to guide to use to introduce your little ones to the music aside our Spotify playlist.

A kids guide to vivaldi's four seasons

 

Spring (‘La Primavera’): Tracks 1 – 3
Summer (‘L’Estate’): Tracks 4-6
Autumn (‘L’Autumno’): Tracks 7-9
Winter (L’Inverno): Tracks 10-12

 

We perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in our next Crash Bang Wallop family concert, Wacky Weather on Saturday 14 March 2015, 12 noon at Cadogan Hall, London.

Crash Bang Wallop! Wacky Weather
Saturday 14 March 2015, 12 noon with pre-concert activities from 11am
Cadogan Hall, London
Tickets £10 (adults), £8 (children) or £30 (family of 4) available from Cadogan Hall Box Office or via phone on 020 7730 4500.

Month in Pictures – October and November!

This Autumn has been a jam-packed season for us at CLS, with our concert series, Shakespeare: Let Music Sound, and lots of education work, including our Lullaby concert tour and Youth Takeover project in association with Orchestras Live in Spalding (we recently worked out that the Orchestra spent an astonishing 86 days in the community this quarter!). In other news this season, we are delighted to have announced Dame Felicity Lott as our new Patron and were thrilled to have her perform two private recitals for CLS Friends at Blain|Southern, preceding her involvement with our outreach projects in Tower Hamlets and Harrow during the next coming weeks. For some of our favourite moments from the time so far, just scroll down!

 

Our Autumn concert series, Shakespeare: Let Music Sound, celebrated Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary through a variety of concerts weaving together play text, live acting and music inspired by the Bard himself. Some of our favourite snaps from the season can be found below, including pre-concert naps, the watchful eye of the Bard himself and the remains of our  librarian’s (slightly hectic!) preparations for our performance of Shostakovich’s Hamlet at Village Underground. To find out more about our next concert seasons, Émigré visit our website.

 

A highlight of our Autumn programme was Last Train to Tomorrow, a performance to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport, presented by our friends at the Association of Jewish Refugees at the Roundhouse. A number of the Kinder (the name given to the survivors of the Kindertransport) were in attendance at the concert, as was HRH The Prince of Wales, who has long championed their cause. The audience consisted of the Kinder’s own children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other supporters.

 

On 12 November we hosted an exclusive CLS Friends event at Blain|Southern art gallery with CLS leader, Alexandra Wood, Principal Conductor and clarinettist Michael Collins and Dame Felicity Lott. As her first public performance with us as CLS Patron, Felicity was on brilliant form and we hope those of you who joined us enjoyed the evening! Alongside some comedic arias and repertoire by Spohr, the headline piece was Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, a piece that Michael and Felicity first performed together 30 years ago!

 

As part of our longstanding partnership with Orchestras Live, our education team were in Spalding last month working alongside Youth Takeover, a group of young producers resident at South Holland Centre to present a concert based on a unique concept. Working with CLS musicians and composer John K Miles, local young musicians and bands curated a concert calledLifetime – redefining the concert experience’. It was fantastic project to be involved in, and the culminatory concert on 26 November was brilliant. A huge well done to all involved!

 

Our education team have been all around the country this term, with our Lullaby concert tour to Suffolk in October, workshops with Freshwater’s Academy,  and lunchtime concerts at St Thomas’ hospital, London. As you can see, some of the props went slightly crazy at times, and even made their way into the office!