This August, we set off on another of our successful L’Chaim tours around care homes in North London, offering concerts for Jewish residential homes in partnership with Jewish Care.
The houses were originally set up to provide sheltered housing for elderly Jewish Holocaust survivors or refugees. Each home has a shared space where residents come together to socialise and our concerts help to bring people together in these spaces, helping to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness amongst the older people.
A string quartet from CLS visited seven different homes, playing a specially programmed concert of classical favourites, lighter popular songs and arrangements of Jewish melodies. The audiences varied in size but staff told us that many residents hear and appreciate the music from their own rooms – some of the audience were so enthusiastic that they couldn’t resist the urge to get up and dance to some of the Klezmer tunes.
We were also lucky enough to hear thoughts and stories from residents in a few of the homes over a cup of tea and cake – it was a privilege to get to know the residents and we’re looking forward to our next tour in November.
Want to know more about our L’Chaim projects? Watch our L’Chaim, Living Music video.
With older people, Holocaust survivors and those who are facing bereavement, our music-making helps to keep memories alive and minds active. Learn more about our Wellbeing through Music projects…
Remember, remember CLS in November. As we get closer to ‘the most wonderful time of year’, we felt it high time we had a photographic reflection on what City of London Sinfonia has been up to this past month. Highlights this November included a trip up North for a performance at Hull City Hall, returned to St John’s Smith Square for a performance featuring John Adams The Wound Dresser and Mozart’s Requiem and made our debut at London Jazz Festival with the brilliant Gwilym Simcock! As usual, the City of London Sinfonia team have been taking snaps throughout the month; here’s a selection of the best…
Crash Bang Wallop! returned in November with all things nautical
Michael Collins rehearses with the Orchestra for their performance at Hull City Hall
Rehearsing for the Wound Dresser with Roderick Williams and Stephen Layton
City of London Sinfonia show off their jazz chops with Gwilym Simcock at London Jazz Festival…
And in the recording studio!
We visited a number of Jewish Care Homes as part of our Meet the Music L’chaim project
Then rounded the month off with a trip to Broadway for a performance with Ruthie Henshall and Elaine Paige for the Princes Trust.
Images: Becca Newman, Gillian Hunter & Paul Coghlin
As August draws to an end, we look back on another month and wonder where the summer went. With Autumn fast approaching, we are now looking forward to our new concert season, and are particularly excited about the return of CLoSer on 19 Sep.
Here are some snaps from the past few weeks, including our Sea and Sky Family Day at the Idea Store Whitechapel, our Jewish Care Home chamber concerts, and our brass quintet at the Paralympic Torch Celebration in Needham Market, Suffolk.
A young boy is shown how to play the cello at the Idea Store in Whitechapel
The Bumblebee ears were out for the Sea and Sky Family Day
Trumpets at the ready!
Our string quartet performing at a Jewish Care Home in Stanmore
The City of London Sinfonia brass boys performing at the Paralympic Torch Celebration in Suffolk
Our presenter Claire Bloor getting everyone in the celebratory mood
Our fantastic audience in Needham Market
The Paralympic Procession begins
Images by James Berry, Gillian Hunter and Paul Nixon