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Month in pictures – September and October

We’ve had two very busy months at CLS. Our RE:Imagine concert series got off to a flying start in September with CLoSer: Debussy, Copland and Dance at Village Underground, and continued at Southwark Cathedral with an atmospheric celebration of the music of one of the most romantic cities in the world, in Venice: Darkness to Light. But that’s not all we’ve been up to so far this autumn. Take a look at some of our highlights of the last two months…

CLoSer: Debussy, Copland and Dance saw us return to the intimate setting of Village Underground with a programme exploring music written for dance from Rameau’s 18th century take on the classical Pygmalion myth to Copland’s evocative Appalachian Spring. The concert opened and closed with two brand new dance interpretations of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune by choreographer Tony Adigun, one contemporary classical, one urban. Photographer James Berry was on hand to capture the concert as it happened. Take a look at some of his stunning pictures…

Whether you missed the concert, or would just like to relive the evening, you can still watch short highlights on our website.

Our second RE:Imagine concert took us to the magnificent Southwark Cathedral to celebrate one of the world’s most wonderful cities, with Venice: Darkness to Light. Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and countertenor Alex Potter joined us for JS Bach’s re-imagining of Pergolesi’s Stabat MaterTilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, and Latvian composer Ugis Praulins continued our theme of re-imagining the works of Bach, with his arrangement of movements from the Mass in B minor. Here are some lovely photos of rehearsals by James Berry.

On top of all that, it’s been very busy in the education department, as we returned to Suffolk and Essex for our annual Lullaby Concert tour and workshops with Orchestras Live. We also brought a Very Special Bear’s first concert to Warwick, Basingstoke and Saffron Walden with the help of the excellent Simon Callow, who was an absolute natural at conducting! Take a look behind the scenes to see us wrestling with balloons, and a lovely Paddington Bear card made by one of our younger audience members in Basingstoke!

Our RE:Imagine series continues in the new year with The Viennese Salon in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, and our next Crash Bang Wallop! family concert will take place on 12 December. We hope to see you there!

Crash Bang Wallop! Let it Snow
Saturday 12 December 2015, 11.00am
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London
Tickets: £8 Children, £10 Adults, £30 Family (four tickets)
Box Office: 020 7730 4500 / cadoganhall.com

The Viennese Salon
Sunday 24 January 2016, 2.00pm
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London
Tickets: £62 (premium), £15 – 48, £10 (standing)
Box Office: 020 7401 9919 / shakespearesglobe.com

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Elin Manahan Thomas on BBC In Tune

We loved listening to the wonderful Elin Manahan Thomas and Stephen Farr on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune yesterday evening, performing music from Bach’s re-imagining of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and talking about our forthcoming RE:Imagine concert, Venice: Darkness to Light. You can listen again for 30 days on catch up (their interview and performances start at around 1:01:30).

And because we can never hear enough of Elin Manahan Thomas’ beautiful voice, we’ve put together a short playlist of some of our favourite recordings.

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Join us on 14 October in the stunning Southwark Cathedral for a musical celebration of Venice, with Bach’s re-imagining of Pergolesi’s haunting Stabat Mater by Elin Manahan Thomas and Alex Potter.

Venice: Darkness to Light
Wednesday 14 October 2015, 7.30pm
Southwark Cathedral, London
Tickets £25, £15, £5* (*restricted view)
£5 tickets available for students and 16-25s (pre-register at www.cls.co.uk/cls-fiver) Box Office / 020 7377 1362

Venice: Darkness to Light

Our RE:Imagine season continues this Wednesday with Venice: Darkness to Light at Southwark Cathedral. We’ve put together this playlist as a little guide to the re-imagined sounds of the concert along with the pieces that inspired them.

Following the journey of the concert, first off, we have Bach’s take on two of Italy’s finest 18th Century composers: the first movement of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Bach’s version of it as the cantata Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden; and the first movement of Vivaldi’s violin concerto from L’estro Armonico that Bach re-imagined as a keyboard concerto.

Sticking with Bach, we have the movements from Bach’s Mass in B Minor that Ugis Praulins has re-imagined (you’ll have to come to the concert if you want to hear what Ugis has done with it!). Following the Bach, are John Adams’ orchestral re-imaginings of Liszt’s The Black Gondola and Busoni’s Berceuse Elegiaque, and their piano version originals.

The most intriguing of the re-imaginings, however, is the overture to Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Stravinsky based his piece on music by Pergolesi… except that it wasn’t by Pergolesi at all. Most of it was by a little known Venetian composer by the name of Domenico Gallo, who was little known because his publishers passed off most of his music as being by Pergolesi, because that way they knew it would sell more copies! Gallo is restored to his rightful place here, next to Stravinsky’s re-imagining.

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Venice: Darkness to Light
Wednesday 14 October 2015, 7.30pm
Southwark Cathedral, London
Tickets £25, £15, £5* (*restricted view)
£5 tickets available for students and 16-25s (pre-register at www.cls.co.uk/cls-fiver) Box Office / 020 7377 1362

Re-imagined works, musical experiences and new interpretations in our 2015-16 season

Today we are very excited to announce our 2015-16 season, RE:Imagine featuring re-imagined works, musical experiences and new interpretations.

There is plenty to look forward to in the series as we recreate the Grand Salons of Venice, Paris, Vienna and the English Parlour through new musical perspectives, while great voices Dame Felicity Lott, Elin Manahan Thomas, Roderick Williams and Gwilym Bowen present their own personal takes on works by Mahler, Strauss, Pergolesi and Butterworth. Throughout the season, we’ll also be presenting a series of new commissioned arrangements of works by Bach.  Continue reading Re-imagined works, musical experiences and new interpretations in our 2015-16 season

Month in Pictures: January and February

After kicking off the New Year with a free lunchtime concert at City of London Festival, we have since taken part in a series of First Time Live workshops, introducing teenagers to orchestral music and concert production, and performed our first CLoSer of the year that was live streamed from Village Underground. Here are some of our favourite snaps from the past couple of months…

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City of London Sinfonia musicians rehearse and perform in our first concert of the year at St Andrews Holborn as part of City of London Festival

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Mara Carlyle and Elin Manahan Thomas rehearse their stunning duet ahead of our Alternative Valentine’s Day CLoSer

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CLoSer: Alternative Love Songs gets into full swing at Village Underground

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City of London Sinfonia musicians entertain the staff and residents at Rubens House as part of our L’Chaim project

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A very cute drawing by one of the participants of our Tower Hamlets Key Stage 1 project!

You can see more from City of London Sinfonia at our forthcoming Natural / Supernatural festival

Natural / Supernatural Festival
27 March – 1 May
Southwark Cathedral, Christ Church Spitalfields, Village Underground, Cadogan Hall

Photograph credits: @CoLFestival, Matthew Swann, Katy Cooper, Pia Luck, drawing by Nuzma from the Tower Hamlets Children’s project

CLoSer October 2013 – The Morning After the New Babylon

As with any good party, half the fun is the morning dissection of the previous night’s events. We may have bagged up our cushions and packed up the bar, but we can’t stop talking about yesterday’s CLoSer.

From Shostakovich‘s spellbinding score, to the mesmerising performance by the Orchestra and Hugh Brunt, it was genuinely impossible to look away from the action last night. The New Babylon was darkly surreal, and the influences of the USSR’s newly-secured Communist regime under which it was created were inescapable. The New Babylon also boasted some pretty heavy-handed Soviet propaganda. Kozintsev’s film positively vilified the Parisian bourgeoisie, caricaturing their decadent, vulgar lifestyles. The resemblance of the leader of the Paris Commune to a young Lenin was, frankly, uncanny and I honestly don’t know if I was more impressed by the determination of the casting director to track down Lenin’s doppelganger, or the extent of Kozintsev’s shameless political brown-nosing.

Those of you who made it last night may have noticed the talented James Berry taking photographs of yesterday’s festivities, and we’ve included some of our favourites in this post.

Our next CLoSer event will be our Alternative Love Songs Valentines event in February, promising a bittersweet offering of baroque, modern and contemporary love songs sung by soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and singer-songwriter Mara Carlyle.

CLoSer: Alternative Love Songs
Wednesday 12 February 2014
Village Underground

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Our next London Season launches

Our next London season is fast approaching and we’ve got a jammed packed programme which sees the return of favourites CLoSer and Crash Bang Wallop!, alongside our Hot Tunes Cold War concert series beginning in September as well performances of perennial favourites: Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah. As always we’ve got a fantastic array of guest artists lined up too including: jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock, baritone Roderick Williams, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and singer/songwriter Mara Carlyle.

Find out where you can see us and what’s on in our new online brochure:

online London Season brochure
online London Season brochure