Interview: Sacconi Quartet

This Summer Festival the Sacconi Quartet present a new way to experience music in Heartfelt. Connected to the performers’ heartbeats they lead us through Beethoven’s iconic String Quartet in A minor, Op.132 in a performance brought to life through new robotic technology and an interactive lighting design. Ahead of their performance we caught up with members of the…

Listen: Couperin Leçons des ténèbres

Couperin’s Leçons des ténèbres was a remarkable piece for its time. It combined the drama of the opera house with sacred devotional texts heard in church. Originally performed in a candlelit Parisian abbey, as the music unfolded, lights were gradually extinguished until darkness submerged the building. This summer Associate Artist La Nuova Musica share this mixture of the…

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: Indeterminacy and experimentation

Esteemed contemporary pianist Tania Chen will be performing alongside an unmissable line-up of Ilan Volkov, Stewart Lee and Magnitude Ensemble in Familiar/Unfamiliar at Village Underground on Monday 16 June. They’ll be premiering the works of five British composers including former Cornelius Cardew associate Michael Parsons, Catherine Kontz and John Lely. Both being Cage aficionados, Tania and…

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…

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…