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Bach Remixed in pictures

On 16 October 2018, we presented our second performance in Southbank Centre’s newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall. This time, in Bach Remixed, we turned our attention to JS Bach and his love of maths and numbers – the language of the cosmos. Take a look at our performance in pictures, captured beautifully by James Berry Photography.

From Komm, süßer Tod, Epiphoni Consort broke into Knut Nystedt’s contemporary reworking of the piece, Immortal Bach, in surround sound.

Epiphoni Consort
James Berry Photography. Epiphoni Consort in Bach and the Cosmos: Bach Remixed, 2018

Following four performances exploring notions of beauty and creativity in Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Professor James Sparks from the University of Oxford shared his knowledge on geometry, topology and symmetry in relation to Bach’s Musical Offering and Brandenburg Concerto No.3. We also learnt that cup = doughnut.

James Sparks Bach Remixed
James Berry Photography. James Sparks in in Bach and the Cosmos: Bach Remixed, 2018

Baritone Roderick Williams opened the second half by directing Singet dem Herrn, one of Bach’s most famous motets, from within the choir.

Roderick Williams and Epiphoni Consort
James Berry Photography. Roderick Williams and Epiphoni Consortin Bach and the Cosmos: Bach Remixed, 2018

Our audience enjoyed some unexpected and welcomed comedy from our Principal Oboe, Dan Bates, who starred in Roderick Williams’ modern interpretation of Ich habe genug for solo oboe. The end of the piece dovetailed effortlessly into the full cantata – a piece that Roderick champions and which we all delighted in watching.

City of London Sinfonia.
James Berry Photography. Ich habe genug with Roderick Williams and City of London Sinfonia in Bach and the Cosmos: Bach Remixed, 2018

All images in this blog post are © James Berry Photography for City of London Sinfonia, 2018. You can view more photos of this concert below and learn more about how our Bach and the Cosmos series unfolding on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Retrospective: CLoSer – Ljova

Our two-week collaboration with the fantastic New York composer and musician, Ljova kicked off yesterday with the final CLoSer concert of our Émigré series at Village Underground. We loved getting to know Ljova and his atmospheric music, as well as his wife and singer, Inna Barmash who joined the Orchestra for some Klezmer-inspired vocal numbers.

We received some fantastic feedback on Twitter and Instagram from the concert, which we thought we’d share post-concert, as well as some of our favourite snaps! And don’t forget – the whole concert is available to watch for free via our live stream until Wednesday 6 May on our website and YouTube channel

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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.

CLOSER: Émigré – Ljova 
Wednesday 29 April 2015, 7:30pm
Village Underground, Shoreditch
Tickets £15 or £5 for students (pre-register at www.cls.co.uk/cls-fiver) available from Spitalfields Music Box Office or via phone on 020 7377 1362.

Retrospect: The Last Month in Pictures

As we approach the Easter holiday weekend, we take a look back at the last month in what has been an inspiring winter of music, despite the miserable weather! Here’s what we have been getting up to in February and March…

CLoSer CLoSer

Our first CLoSer of the year took place at Village Underground featuring Schnittke’s Moz-art à la Haydn, the winner of our social media audience choice. Saxophonist Tim Garland also performed Kancheli’s Night Prayers and new piece, Songs to the North Sky.

CBW 2 9 Mar 2013 Becca Newman

We also returned to Cadogan Hall for 2013’s first Crash Bang Wallop! concert, which this time focused on Stephen McNeff’s musical retelling of the Tale of Squirrel Nutkin. Here the orchestra rehearse before the children arrived for their day of craft and music making!

First Time Live EBaines

FTL Harlow

We took another successful First Time Live project to Harlow, performing in Harlow Leisure Zone after a series of workshops with 11-14 year-olds, giving them the chance to not only experience live orchestral music, but create it!

COLF feb concert credit becca newman

As part of the City of London Festival, our series of lunchtime winter concerts continued. Here our viola soloist, Fiona Bonds, rehearses in St. Andrews Church, Holborn, where she performed Woolrich’s Ulysses Awakes.

Lullaby Thurrock credit Gillian Hunter

Our animateur in residence, Claire Bloor, performs in our Lullaby concert series in Purfleet. To find out more about our education and welfare projects, read our Meet the Music blog.

Steve and Becky low res

It’s not all hard work: Steve and Becky, two of our players, enjoy some friendly competition on their lunchbreak!

Images: James Berry, Becca Newman, Gillian Hunter, Paul Coghlin & Elaine Baines