34 episodes

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.

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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.

    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Brett Dean

    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Brett Dean

    Brett Dean chats to Alexandra Wood about his love for the live aspect of music, whether composing, conducting or performing viola; about getting into composing, directing from the viola seat and transitioning from a performing musician to composer and creative musician.

    Credit excerpts: 'The Lark Ascending' (Vaughan Williams), performed by Alexandra Wood in 'Comfortable Classical at Home' episode three on Facebook.

    • 32 min
    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Ann Lovatt

    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Ann Lovatt

    Alexandra Wood chats to Ann Lovatt (Violin) about combining live music and mindfulness in our Mindful Music sessions, how she got into practising mindfulness and how it's helped her during lockdown.

    You can watch our Mindful Music sessions on Facebook (bit.ly/clsmindfulmusic) or on YouTube (bit.ly/clsMMytplay).

    Credit excerpts: 'The Lark Ascending' (Vaughan Williams), performed by Alexandra Wood in 'Comfortable Classical at Home' episode three on Facebook.

    • 23 min
    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Genevieve Lacey

    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Genevieve Lacey

    Alexandra Wood talks to recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey in the sixth of our 'Lockdown chats'. They chat about our 'Absolute Bird' collaboration in 2019, all things recorder, the process of commissioning new compositions and the importance of arts and culture during lockdown and beyond.

    Image: Genevieve Lacey by Heide Smith.

    Credit excerpts: 'The Lark Ascending' (Vaughan Williams), performed by Alexandra Wood in 'Comfortable Classical at Home' episode three on Facebook.

    • 22 min
    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Ursula Leveaux

    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Ursula Leveaux

    In the fifth of our 'Lockdown chats', Ursula Leveaux (Principal Bassoon) chats to Alexandra Wood about making the most of the quiet Lake District during lockdown, how she got into playing the Baroque bassoon and her enjoyment of our project-based work.

    You can watch Ursula's 'Comfortable Classical at Home' episodes in our Facebook video playlist: http://bit.ly/clsccahfb

    Credit excerpts: 'The Lark Ascending' (Vaughan Williams), performed by Alexandra Wood in 'Comfortable Classical at Home' episode three on Facebook.

    • 19 min
    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Dobrinka Tabakova

    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Dobrinka Tabakova

    Alexandra Wood caught up with composer Dobrinka Tabakova in the fourth of her 'Lockdown chats', reminiscing on performing 'Centuries of Meditations' in our Cathedrals Tour last October. Dobrinka also gives a glimpse into the life of a composer and talks about how it's changed in lockdown.

    Featuring an excerpt of 'Centuries of Meditations' by Dobrinka Tabakova. http://www.dobrinka.com
    Performed by City of London Sinfonia and Truro Cathedral Choir, conducted by Christopher Gray. https://www.trurocathedral.org.uk
    Recorded live by BBC Radio 3 in 'The Fruit of Silence' at Truro Cathedral on 17 October 2019 (broadcast on 29 October). http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3

    Credit excerpts: 'The Lark Ascending' (Vaughan Williams), performed by Alexandra Wood in 'Comfortable Classical at Home' episode three on Facebook.

    • 19 min
    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Joely Koos

    Lockdown chats: Alexandra Wood with Joely Koos

    In the third of her 'Lockdown chats', Alexandra Wood talks to Joely Koos (Co-Principal Cello) about what it's like preparing for her Comfortable Classical at Home episodes live on Facebook and being able to spend more time with her family during lockdown.

    You can watch Joely's Comfortable Classical at Home episodes on City of London Sinfonia's Facebook playlist: http://bit.ly/clsccahfb

    Credit excerpts: 'The Lark Ascending' (Vaughan Williams), performed by Alexandra Wood in 'Comfortable Classical at Home' episode three on Facebook.

    • 23 min

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Incredible insight into a fantastic orchestra

Great variety in the podcasts. Always a joy to listen to!

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