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Catch up with Meet the Music

Flashback: Meet the Music
Making a racket at one of our Lullaby workshops

It’s been an extremely hectic time for our Education team and musicians over the last couple of months, with numerous Meet the Music activities taking place. Here’s a flavour of what’s been going on…

Last weekend saw the success of another much-loved Crash Bang Wallop! concert at Cadogan Hall and while the leitmotifs of Stephen McNeff’s Squirrel Nutkin still  rattle around our heads, we are already looking ahead to the turn of Little Red Riding Hood when we return on the 11th May. In the mean time, however, our Meet the Music education team’s schedules are far from quiet…

First Time Live participants from the last project in Luton
First Time Live participants from the last project in Luton

This week sees our musicians partake in their final workshop for First Time Live at Harlow, which will culminate in the production of a concert on 21st March, completely engineered by Harlow’s finest, budding orchestra managers and composers! Under the expert guidance of our presenter, John K. Miles, and principal conductor, Michael Collins, our role in this project enables a group of brave young teenagers, who live in areas lying in the bottom 20% for levels of arts engagement, an opportunity to access, and be a part of, a live orchestral concert experience.

Turning our attention to a slightly younger audience, our Lullaby programme will this week be making a final visit to Clacton-on -Sea. Thanks to generous funding from Barnardo’s, we are able to take a quintet of musicians into three nurseries in Jaywick this Friday, followed by two interactive family concerts on Saturday, featuring excerpts from The Nutcracker and including our very own young ballerina! Next stop will be Purfleet and Under the Sea!

CLS Quartet performs at St Joseph's Hospice
CLS Quartet performs at St Joseph’s Hospice

But we don’t just take care of the little people… as part of our Wellbeing through Music programme, we also have an upcoming visit to the residents of St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, next week. We are excited about developing more opportunities to work with St Joseph’s over the next few months, including a potential composition project we have in the pipeline. We will also be performing at Guy’s Hospital on the 24th April (a lunchtime concert open to the public) and our players continue their  weekly visits to the children and families of Great Ormond Street Hospital and Evelina Children’s Hospital, bringing music as respite to those who need it the most.

Find out more about our Meet the Music Programme.


2012 – the year that was at City of London Sinfonia

It’s that time of year when we look back at the year that was and forward to the year that will be! We asked some of the City of London Sinfonia team what their own personal CLS highlight of 2012 was…

CLoSer - the final review

“My highlight definitely has to be our performance with Gwilym Simcock at the London Jazz Festival. I missed the initial performance at CLoSer in April so it was really great to have the opportunity to watch the musicians doing their thing and rocking out on Gwilym’s Move! I can’t wait for our recording to be released in 2013.”
Steph, Development & Marketing Assistant

L'chaim November credit Gillian Hunter

“A highlight of the year for me has been to see our Wellbeing through Music programme expand. Thanks to a number of charitable trusts and individual supporters, our musicians are currently taking high quality live music to Great Ormond Street Hospital, Evelina Children’s Hospital, St Joseph’s Hospice, the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, the Dementia Research Centre and Jewish Care Homes in North London. Our Wellbeing through Music programme enhances the quality of life of hundreds of patients, residents and their families. I have been lucky enough to see this work in action and it is fantastic that we are able to take the joy of live music to so many different people.”
Ruth, Development Manager

CLoSer part two - in words and pictures

“CLoSer concerts at Village Underground have been my highlight. There’s something very special about the atmosphere at CLoSer – Michael Collins playing the Copland clarinet concerto was a particular favourite moment! Also, working with Gwilym Simcock at CLoSer, London Jazz Festival and in the recording studio has been amazing. We’ve had a lot of fun in the office as well, usually on ‘Cake Friday’ when we find ourselves making snowmen or magic hats in preparation for a Crash Bang Wallop! concert.”
Becca, Concerts Manager

Crash Bang Wallop

“The few months I have been working for CLS in 2012 have been exciting and challenging. My highlight would probably be the Crash, Bang Wallop Christmas concert. It was great to see the children so involved in the music and having fun making the craft activities beforehand.”
Hannah, Education Intern


“2012 will forever be synonymous with sport and the Olympics and Paralympics, so it was fantastic that we were able to take part in a small way in the Olympic Torch Relay on the penultimate day of its journey with our partners Opera Holland Park, and the Paralympic Torch Relay a month later in Suffolk. We also celebrated endurance and strength earlier on in the year with our Conquering the Antarctic tour, which was performed to packed venues and which brought many audience members into contact with the Orchestra for the very first time”
Alex, Marketing & PR Manager

Crash Bang Wallop

“My highlight of 2012 was seeing our principal horn, Steve and sub-principal trumpet, John in reindeer antlers at Crash Bang Wallop, playing the cheeky brass stabs in my arrangement of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to a packed Cadogan Hall. A unique and fabulous CLS experience!”
Gillian, Education Manager

_D8E3297_Stowmarket Lullaby Concert 2012_low-res (P Coghlin)

“The Sea and Sky Lullaby tour, if nothing else because of the amazing acting ability of our players, and for looking good in their jauntily angled sailors hats, but also because the music was amazing and the young children were completely rapt.”
Matthew, Chief Executive

Images: James Berry, Anna Jessiman, Paul Coghlin and Clare Parker