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LEGO has never been put to a better use

Love LEGO? Love orchestras? Well we found a video you’ll adore. In just 665 steps and to the tune of Ravel’s Boléro you too can have your very own LEGO symphony orchestra.


Retrospective on CLoSer: Song of the Earth

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!

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Forthcoming concerts

We hope you can join us at a concert soon – for full listings visit cls.co.uk/whats-on

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.

The Great English Songbook
Wednesday 9 March 2016, 7:30pm
Southwark Cathedral, London, SE1 9DA
Tickets £25, £15, £5* (*restricted view)
cls.co.uk / 020 7621 2800

CLoSer: Sketches of Miles
Wednesday 6 April 2016, 7.30pm
Village Underground, London, EC2A 3PQ
TICKETS: £15 (includes a free drink)
cls.co.uk / 020 7621 2800

Pick of the Week – 22 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.

Why should becoming a parent curb your cultural life?

Is art which is created specifically for children worse than other art? (We don’t think so!) What can we do in the arts to ensure that parents and children have access to the best on offer?

London has a new roaming orchestra

This week we’ve been in Birmingham for the Association of British Orchestras’ annual conference. Once of our favourite topics was that of place making. On that note, here is the new Street Orchestra of London, inspired by Amsterdam’s Ricciotti Ensemble

How a YouTuber hoaxed the world media

We’re finishing on something light this week. An amateur visual effects artist accidentally caused global intrigue earlier this year by posting a video of “strange lights” in the sky over Canberra. Journalists and scientists jumped on the story, believing it to be real, so the creator of the video stepped in to show just how he did it.