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Retrospective: CLS in Mexico

Last week CLS musicians and a few members of the executive team packed their bags and jetted off to the beautiful country that is Mexico for a 5-day orchestral tour. Joined by our Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Stephen Layton and cellist Matthew Barley, we visited the towns of León, Guadalajara and Mexico City, performing a uniquely British programme of Vaughan Williams, Warlock and John Tavener. In celebration of such a brilliant trip, we thought we’d share some of our favourite moments, photos and tweets. 

The first concert of the tour took place in the Teatro del Bicentenario in León. Known as the ‘Shoe Capital of the World’, it’s well-known for its leather markets. The Teatro del Biecentario was a beautiful venue the audience were particularly struck by Dan Bates, our Principal Oboe, who performed Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto. Photos taken by (c) Arturo Lavín. Continue reading Retrospective: CLS in Mexico


Why should UK orchestras tour internationally?

Next week City of London Sinfonia will be flying over 5000 miles across the Atlantic for a tour around Mexico! We’re excited to be visiting Leon, Mexico City and Guadalajara for various concerts and education projects out there (you can find out more about the specific venues and places we’ll be visiting on our website). But why should we be travelling all that way? Why not stick to the concert halls and community settings of the UK? Our Chief Executive, Matthew Swann, explains… 

CLS are going to Mexico! This is obviously a time for universal joy and back-slapping. Mexico! The concert halls will be full, the sun will shine brightly, tequila will flow and everyone will have a marvellous time… right?

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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