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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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20 years at CLS…

Last week our Chief Operating Officer, Elaine Baines, celebrated her 20th anniversary with City of London Sinfonia. Having joined the executive team back in 1995, she is described by many as ‘the beating heart’ of the orchestra, and definitely the go-to person in the office for any obscure questions! 

We asked her to write a blog on her 20 years with CLS of her funniest memories, disasters she knew and most rewarding moments. 


When I was interviewed for this job by Richard Hickox back in 1995 he asked how long I thought I would stay. Laughingly I said ‘if I’m still enjoying it as much as I think I will you will probably have to pension me off’. We all laughed but little did I know the Fates were listening and sealing my fate! Continue reading 20 years at CLS…