Interview: Valgeir Sigurðsson

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/Kp5n2vd8c9o” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Tonight at Village Underground, Icelandic electronic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson joins City of London Sinfonia to première his work No Nights Dark Enough. We caught up with the man behind the music to talk about what motivated him to form his own record label, the creative process and his latest piece.…

Listen: Architecture of Loss

Valgeir Sigurðsson is an Icelandic musician who has worked with the likes of Björk, Damon Albarn, Thom Yorke and Brian Eno. On Tuesday 17 June, grab your chance to see him perform as he joins City of London Sinfonia to premiere his new work No Nights Dark Enough at the Village Underground. Valgeir is known for his…

Listen: Music to drink (water) to

On Saturday 22 March it’s World Water Day, a day where we think about water means to us and work towards everyone having access to this vital resource. Putting together a playlist inspired by water, you might think we’d go straight for Handel’s classic Water Music, but that would be way to obvious for us.…

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…

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…