Thursday 27 August 2015

RE:Imagine: City of London Sinfonia in 2015/2016

The 2015/2016 season RE:Imagine from the City of London Sinfonia (CLS) combines re-imagined works and premieres of new interpretations, as well as giving the promise of immersive musical experiences. There is music from Vienna, Paris, Vienna and England in a highly varied programme which has a thread of Bach arrangements running through it.

At Southwark Cathedral, CLS conducted by Stephen Layton present Venice:Darkness to Light (14 October 2015) which combines Bach's arrangement of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Elin Manahan Thomas, a Vivaldi concerto arranged by Bach with Stephen Farr with a new Bach arrangement by Ugis Praulins, plus John Adams' Black Gondola his re-interpretation of Liszt, and Stravinsky's re-imagining of Pergolesi in Pulcinella.

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe Theatre is the venue for The Viennese Salon on 24 January 2016 in which Michael Collins directs Franz Hasenorl's arrangement of Richard Strauss's Til Eulenspiegel, Collin Matthews' interpretation of Berg's Four pieces for Clarinet, David Matthew's arrangement of Strauss' Capriccio. There will be songs from Dame Felicity Lott, and new Bach arrangements by David Matthews. There will also be Kafe und Kuchen and the possibility of a waltzing lesson.

On 20 April 2016, Stephen Layton conducts Roderick Williams, Helen Charlston, the Holst Singers and Southwark Cathedral Girls Choir in Paris Reflected at Southwark Cathedral with music by Debussy, Ravel, Faure, and Bach plus Durufle's Requiem and an arrangement of Bach by Charlotte Bray. There is also a wine-tasting of French wines. Roderick Willliams joins Stephen Layton and CLS again on 9 March 2016 for a celebration of English song with muic by RVW, Gerald Finzi's arrangement of Ivor Gurney, Arnold's arrangement of Walton and Roderick Williams' own arrangement of Bach.

For CLoSer, their informal concert series at Village Underground, there is a celebration of dance with music by Debussy, arranged by Schoenberg, and Copland accompanied by live dance, plus Bach; cello suites transcribed for clarinet and performed by Michael Collins on 22 September 2015, and Mahler's Song of the Earth in a chamber arrangement with Anna Huntley and Gwilym Bowen and Luke Styles arrangement of Bach on 17 February 2016.

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