Tag Archives: performance

Looking forward with CLS

We’re looking forward to so many wonderful performances and participation projects this year. Some of which, as you’ll have seen and heard about already on Instagram, has already had a creative and positive impact on our musicians and workshop participants.

In our first 2018 podcast (available for download on SoundCloud and iTunes), you’ll hear from Alexandra Wood and our team about what they’re looking forward to this year, including working with people at Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School (whose music features in our podcast!), learning more about mental health, Ariadne auf Naxos at OHP, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming out on DVD.

“In this world, there’s so much clutter: constant noise, texts, emails our mobile phones. We constantly need to be on our toes, ready to act. It’s wonderful to take time just to exist, to breathe, and to have space.” – Alexandra Wood

What are you looking forward to this year, or even this week? Whatever it is, take the time to just enjoy it.



Pick of the Week – 15 January

What’s been happening in the arts this week? As part of our blog series, Pick of the Week, we’ve picked our favourite stories, interesting exhibitions and most thought-provoking debates we’ve seen and heard this week.

This is what happens when you sing an 800 year old Icelandic hymn in a train station

This video has been doing the rounds online since 2013, but it’s worth revisiting. Icelandic indie-folk band, Árstíðir gathered in a train station for an impromptu performance. That’s certainly one way to improve your commute!

Why positive action is needed to make classical music inclusive for women and minorities

Composer Hannah Kendall confronts the issue of lack of diversity in classical music, and what we can do to address the balance. She advocates positive action, mentioning Chineke!, Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic orchestra as a huge success story. But positive action also has plenty of detractors. Where do you stand? How should the classical music world work towards becoming more diverse?

Philip Glass and David Bowie

We were all so saddened to hear of David Bowie’s death this week. It’s been a very moving few days here in Brixton, as people have been gathering to pay their respects and share their memories. Here’s a conversation between Bowie and Philip Glass, after Glass had written a symphony based on Bowie’s music.

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.


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