Thursday, 30 June 2016

City of London Sinfonia goes folk

City of London Sinfonia's Meet the Music outreach programme
City of London Sinfonia's Meet the Music outreach programme
The City of London Sinfonia (CLS), artistic director Stephen Layton, have come up with twin themes running through their 2016-2017 season. Folk Tunes Tall Tales sees the orchestra collaborating with a variety of musicians to explore folk traditions and story telling, whilst their Great British Choral Anthems series will perform major choral works in British cathedrals.

In November 2016, CLS will be joined by folk-singer Sam Lee and conductor Hugh Brunt for a concert at St John's Hackney in their CLoSeR series performing folk-song inspired works by Britten, Grainger and Delius alongside Sam Lee's own work. In December there is An English Folk Christmas by Candlelight at St John's Smith Square with music by RVW, as well as works by Warlock, Bolton and Stephen Cleobury. CLS will be joined by the Holst Singers and conductors Jeremy Cole and Michael Collins.

January sees CLS at Wilton's Music Hall celebrating Burns Night with The Devil's Violin with Burns Night Ceilidh. Another CLoSeR concert, CLS is joined by ceilidh band Licence to Ceilidh and fiddler Henry Webster. And the music will include not just Scottish, but Irish, Italian and Appalachian music, as well as Piazzolla and Locatelli. In March it is the turn of Japan with  Japanese Journey: Kakyoku Songs, an evening of Japanese folk music with soprano Charlotte de Rothschild which has been recorded on disc and will be touring to Japan. The final concert of the season sees the CLoSeR series returning to the Village Underground in Shoreditch where Michael Collins directs a performance of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, with choreographer Tony Adigun.

For CLS's Great British Anthems Tour, Stephen Layton conducts a programme of Handel coronation anthems, Bach's Suite No. 3 in D and James MacMillan's Oh Give Thanks Unto the Lord with choirs drawn from the cathedrals visited. The tour takes in Truro, Hereford, Lichfield, Southwell, York, and Chester.

CLS's community and outreach programme Meet the Music see the orchestra making music in schools, hospitals and communities, Current projects include Wellbeing through Music performing music in hospitals and care homes. Education projects include working with young children in communities which are geographically or economically isolated.

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