Our RE:Imagine series continued in style last night as Village Underground transformed into London’s most intimate and relaxed concert venue for CLoSer: Song of the Earth. The elegance of Johann Strauss distilled for salon orchestra and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue (arranged by up-and-coming young composer Luke Styles) set the scene. Storyteller Rachel Rose Reid enthralled the audience before we heard Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. Mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley and Tenor Gwilym Bowen took centre stage as all the mastery of Mahler’s epic symphony, concentrated into an ensemble of just 15 world-class musicians.
The concert was live-streamed online – checkout the highlights below and some beautiful photos from the concert by the wonderful James Berry along with your reactions from Twitter. Just tweet us at @CityLdnSinfonia to let us know what you thought!
The next concert in our RE:Imagine series is The Great English Songbook when we will be journeying through England’s Elizabethan age and Shropshire countryside with baritone Roderick Williams on 9 March at Southwark Cathedral.
We are next back at Village Underground for CLoSer: Sketches of Miles on 6 April when we will transport you to New York as we explore the musical marriage of the legendary trumpeter Miles Davis and composer/arranger Gil Evans.
It’s a couple of days since our Émigré series kicked off with our concert of Argentinean tango music at Village Underground, and we’ve loved reading about your experiences. Whether you were with us in person (with or without dancing shoes) or watching online, it looks like you enjoyed this magnificent music by Piazzolla, Bartók, and Golijov as much as we did.
“there was plenty to enjoy, not least the tightness of the ensemble and the sultry, deep sonorities” – Hannah Nepil, The Financial Times
What did you think? Did our concert put a tango fire in your belly? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
If you missed the concert, or want to experience it all over again, here are some pictures from the evening, and don’t forget, you can still watch the whole concert online until Thursday 5 March.
The next concert in our Émigré series is a modern-day tale of immigration from Russia to the USA with the brilliant Ljova, whose music is an exhilarating mix of classical, Russian folk, jazz, Balkan Gypsy, and Klezmer.
This Wednesday, we’re delighted to be going to Village Underground, Shoreditch for a very special tango-inspired CLoSer – To and From Buenos Aires – with live dancers and a free tango taster from 6.45pm! Whether you’re joining us for this exciting event, thinking of coming (there are still a few tickets available from Spitalfields Music Box Office website or on 020 7377 1362!) or planning on watching it on live-stream, we’ve put together a few bits of information that you might need on the night.
Info on the event
Astor Piazzolla left Buenos Aires in the 1950s, taking tango music to New York, Paris and the world. Three decades earlier, Osvaldo Golijov’s family escaped anti-Semitic persecution in Romania to find a new life in Buenos Aires. Part of our ground-breaking intimate concert series CLoSer, and the first performance in our ÉMIGRÉ concert series, the concert explores these composers’ take on tango’s sultry, melancholic rhythms and dance. CLS musicians will be joined by bandoneónist Julian Rowlands who together will perform repertoire to include Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Tango del Diablo and Golijov’s Last Round.
Before the concert begins, we will be joined by dance teachers, Greg Warren-Wilson and Liz Tomlin, who will host a FREE tango taster from 6.45pm. If you don’t fancy participating, the bar will also be open from this time where you can grab a drink and watch us all attempt this elegant dance form!
After the concert, the bar remains open and our leader, Alexandra Wood, will be opening up the dance floor for a free dance to live tango music, where the audience is invited to show off their new-found tango dance moves, as learnt earlier in the evening!
How to find the venue
The venue is less than 5 minutes walk from Shoreditch High Street Station (Overground). Alternatively, you can walk from Liverpool Street Station (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Central Lines) which only takes 15 minutes. To view a map of the area click here. There are no planned engineering works on this day so your journey by tube / train should be undisrupted.
Food and drink
If you fancy going for food or drink before or after the event, we’ve compiled a quick list of some of our favourite places in the area. We’ve also created a handy map to show you where they are located.
A converted warehouse space similar in vibe to Village Underground, Pizza East is popular with both resident Shoreditchians and those from further afield. The menu is inventive and original with pizzas only costing from £8-£14, whose unique topping combination are regularly rejigged.
A contemporary restaurant with an open kitchen, leather sets and a lounge area, Hoxton Grill serves a range of Classic American food from steaks, tapas-inspired small plates, burgers and mac ‘n’ cheese. This trendy restaurant is part of Hoxton Hotel and also serves some very appetising cocktails, so worth visiting even if just for a drink!
Andina is as much a bar as a restaurant with a range of Peruvian-inspired ceviches, street food, cocktails and colourful smoothies. Of a very reasonable price, the food is both delicious and full of variety; enough to satisfy any craving.
Recommended for steaks and burgers which are cooked on a real charcoal grill, Hawksmoor Spitalfields is the place to go for the best British meat in Shoreditch. Along with food they also have a library of print cocktail books to revive some great forgotten drinks, wines from obscure small producers and big name vineyard alike, and ice-cold, locally brewed beers.
Clue yourself up on tango music and dance with our recently published blog posts:
Before the concert begins, why not get into the mood with our tango playlist, featuring music by Piazzolla, the Gotan Project, Sexteto Mayor and more!
This concert will be live-streamed!
If you can’t make it in person, you can catch the concert on live-stream for FREE on our website and YouTube channel. Just click on any of the following links at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 February and you will be able to watch the concert for free from the comfort of your own home!