Listen: CLoSer: The Entertainments

Next week we’re excited to be heading back to Village Underground for the first in our 2014-15 CLoSer series with City of London Sinfonia. To get you in the mood we’ve put together an unusual Shakespearean playlist of what’s in store.                     In the programme is Shostakovich’s…

CLoSer: for all those lonely hearts out there

Are you lonesome tonight? Well, actually, next Wednesday night? In any case you needn’t be as we’re welcoming all hearts, lonely or otherwise, to Village Underground for the latest CLoSer with City of London Sinfonia. Joining the orchestra are two alluring songstresses: singer/songwriter Mara Carlyle and soprano Elin Manahan Thomas. They’ll be performing a collection…

Sounds: The New Babylon

Okay, so we’ve done enough talking about The New Babylon appearing in the first of this season’s CLoSer performances. Now let’s listen to some music! We’ve put together a playlist of the jazz-flavoured score that will be heard courtesy of City of London Sinfonia. See if you can spot the point where revolutionary anthem La Marseillaise is…

What makes a good film score?

On Wednesday 23 October, City of London Sinfonia will kick off the new #CLoSer series with a film screening of The New Babylon alongside a live performance of the score. The music, written by Dimitri Shostakovich in 1929, is significant for a number of reasons; not only was it his first attempt at a full-score…

CLoSer: Film Screening: The New Babylon

Classical music comes out of the concert hall yet again with the new season of CLoSer, our series with City of London Sinfonia. Beginning on Wednesday 23 October, with a performance of Shostakovich’s score alongside a screening of the silent film The New Babylon. Made in 1929, the film looks back to  the Paris Commune (otherwise…

Get CLoSer with us this evening

Snap up the last remaining tickets for tonight’s CLoSer – part of the concert series designed to appeal to those who like their live music experiences to be intimate and informal. We promise performances of the stunningly beautiful and haunting work Night Prayers by Georgian composer Giya Kancheli, as well as the world premiere of Tim Garland’s…

Normal Service Resumed

Aaaaannd… we’re back! We hope you had a good time with the City of London Sinfonia while we were away, and following their posts all fired up for the next instalment of CLoSer on Wednesday  19 September. A big thank you to the CLS for their series of interesting tit-bits, and for not trashing the…