We are City of London Sinfonia (CLS), the orchestral home to over 40 outstanding professional musicians, who come together in the shared belief that music has the power to transform people across all areas of society.
We give over 75 performances every year anywhere from an East London club to international concert halls, cathedrals and opera houses, or communities who because of location or opportunity would not otherwise experience outstanding professional music-making. We spend over 150 days every year in schools where social background often creates a barrier to creativity and ambition, hospitals for young people with severe and challenging conditions, and with older people dealing with loss of loved ones and memory.
Artist to Artist: Alexandra Wood and Cheryl Frances-Hoad
British composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad talks to Alexandra Wood about her new dramatic song cycle, 'Scenes from the Wild', set to lyrics by musician and librettist Amanda Holden. They talk about how many books Cheryl and Amanda went through before settling on Dara McAnulty's 'Diary of a Young Naturalist' and how Cheryl decided to become a composer over a cellist.
'Scenes from the Wild' premieres on Thursday 25 November 2021 at Southwark Cathedral, with a further two performances on Saturday 27 November. The piece will be premiered by City of London Sinfonia, Geoffrey Paterson (conductor) and William Morgan (tenor), with direction from Sarah Dowling. https://bit.ly/clsat50Origin3
Artist to Artist: Alexandra Wood and Donghoon Shin
Alexandra Wood talks to South Korean composer Donghoon Shin about his creative process and inspiration for his new work, My Shadow, co-commissioned by CLS and the Heidelberger Frühling. Donghoon also talks about his love for Mahler, Elgar, jazz bands and Led Zeppelin.
The UK premiere of My Shadow will take place in our second Origin concert, Shifting sounds, at Southwark Cathedral on 4 November 2021.
Origin: Shifting Sounds: https://bit.ly/clsat50Origin2
Artist to Artist: Alexandra Wood and Huw Watkins
Alexandra Wood talks to composer Huw Watkins about his new piece, 'Five Duos', written in celebration of our 50th anniversary. 'Five Duos' will be premiered by Alexandra Wood (violin) and Katherine 'Waffy' Spencer (clarinet) in our 'Origin' series opener on 27 October at Southwark Cathedral.
'Origin: An authentic voice', 27 October 2021: https://bit.ly/clsat50Origin1
Lockdown Chats: Alexandra Wood With Fiona Lambert
In her last #Lockdownchats of the year, Alexandra Wood celebrates our RPS Awards win with the mastermind of our participation programme, Fiona Lambert (Director of Participation). They discuss our award-winning Sound Young Minds project and what's next, the importance of supporting and developing the skills of our musicians, and making art accessible to everybody.
RPS Impact Award: https://wp.me/p2PciD-20C
Room to Room Music: https://wp.me/p2PciD-1Zu
This conversation took place during the second lockdown in England, UK.
Lockdown Chats: Alexandra Wood With Katherine Spencer
During lockdown two, Alexandra Wood caught up with our Principal Clarinet, Katherine Spencer, to see what she's been getting up to. Katherine ('Waffy') talks about the benefits of music and being part of our participation projects, working in care homes over the last few months, and our Restore and Revive programmes at Southwark Cathedral. And you'll want to stay tuned to hear what her ultimate costumes would be for different pieces of classical music!
Lockdown Chats: Alexandra Wood With Gawain Hewitt
In Lockdown Chats with Alexandra Wood, Gawain Hewitt talks about our Sound Young Minds project at Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School and our RPS Awards nomination, his joyous experiences at Headway East London, and the impact music has on mental health.
Video version on YouTube: youtu.be/Amtui8AMPy0
Incredible insight into a fantastic orchestra
Great variety in the podcasts. Always a joy to listen to!