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Get the best seats Exclusive booking periods give you the opportunity to book your tickets before they go on sale to the public Priority Information Get the lowdown on all our upcoming concerts, events and news first Go behind the scenes Our open rehearsals are a fantastic way to learn more about the music over a glass of wine Meet the musicians Get to know our conductors and players throughout the year at our concerts, rehearsals and special Friends events Find out more about higher giving levels at *benefits vary according to membership level


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Our 2013/14 season begins this September and as we head into winter, our London schedule only heats up. Opening with our Hot Tunes, Cold War series, we’ll be exploring music influenced by the political events leading up to and during the Cold War. While the United States of America and the soviet union held the world captive in a steely display of espionage, space races and nuclear daredeviltry, music rebelled with the explosion of jazz and swing; a blistering contrast to the arctic temperatures of international politics. This three-concert series takes a look at the development of jazz culture from the early 1920s and its effect on classical music through the turbulent mid-20th century. In addition to our Hot Tunes, Cold War CLoSer, we also offer an alternative Valentine’s Day evening, with love songs from baroque to contemporary, featuring the sublime soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, singer/songwriter Mara Carlyle and a free glass of wine! Our Artistic Director Stephen Layton, leads the Orchestra and Polyphony in our annual performance of Mozart’s Requiem in St John’s Smith Square. St Paul’s Cathedral conductor Andrew Carwood leads an accolade to the second of our Masters, when Handel’s Messiah returns to its perfect setting in St Paul’s Cathedral, cuing in Christmas. The little people are not forgotten with two more of our ever popular Crash Bang Wallop! family concerts. In November we’ll be discovering the world of the Mad Professor and his effervescent musical laboratory. Then in December, Father Christmas takes time out of his busy schedule to pop down for our Christmas special! So whether you are a regular City of London Sinfonia concert attender or considering joining us for the first time, we look forward to seeing you at a concert very soon. CLS FIVER


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We explore music from a time when politics and the explosion of jazz culture influenced and changed classical music. Over three concerts, we look at the influence of jazz from 1922 onwards, set against the backdrop of the turbulent twentieth century era of international politics, economic issues and ideological factors and the effect they had on art and culture as a whole.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX

£28, £21, £15, £10 0844 847 9910 CLS FIVER


Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings Britten Movements for a (arr. Colin Clarinet Concerto Matthews) (2nd movt) Copland Clarinet Concerto Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 Michael Collins conductor/clarinet Stephen Stirling horn Evelina Dobracheva soprano Ronan Busfield tenor Graeme Broadbent bass We explore the influence of jazz on some of the most well known classical music composers from across the Iron Curtain. Pre concert talk at 6pm looking at the impact of the Cold War on European and American cultural identity. Free, no booking required

Wednesday 23 October 7.30 – 9.00pm (doors open 6.45pm) Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ

£15 (includes one free drink) 020 7377 1362


Shostakovich The New Babylon Hugh Brunt conductor A film screening of the 1929 silent movie, The New Babylon, with the orchestra performing Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s original, jazz tinged film score.


Thursday 31 October 7.30 – 9.30pm Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ

£32, £25, £18, £12 020 7730 4500

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Friday 27 September 7.30 – 9.30pm




Shostakovich Jazz Suite No. 1 Stravinsky Ebony Concerto Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (original dance band version) Weill Suite from the Threepenny Opera Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs Michael Collins conductor Gwilym Simcock piano We perform music written for some of the biggest jazz names of the 1930s and 1940s, including Benny Goodman and Woody Herman. Open rehearsal for Friends on 30 October.

Part of Southbank Centre’s year long festival based on the Alex Ross book The Rest is Noise.


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llop a w g n a rashb c / k u . o c cls. Our regular Crash Bang Wallop! family concerts are designed to appeal to kids (big and small) and are an easy introduction to the Orchestra and classical music, with plenty of audience participation and interaction. Before each concert, we run musical and craft activities including conducting a string quartet and taking part in percussion workshops. Concerts are most suitable for children aged 3 – 6 years.


Crash Bang Wallop! The Mad Professor Saturday 2 November Claire Bloor animateur Our Mad Professor Claire has been conducting experiments in her music lab and you’re all invited to join her!

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ Creative Activities: 11.00am Concert: 12.00 noon

Crash Bang Wallop! Christmas Special

Pre concert creative activities include: • Meet the Musicians • Minute Maestro conducting • Musical Crafts • Percussion Zoo

Saturday 14 December Claire Bloor animateur

Adult: £8 Child: £6 Family: £24

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join us for sing along carols, a visit from Father Christmas and more.

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Mozart Requiem with Polyphony Wednesday 13 November 7.30- 9.20pm St John’s Smith Square, SW1P 3HA £45, £32, £22.50, £12*

020 7222 1061 CLS FIVER


Purcell Funeral Music for Queen Mary (1st Movement) Purcell Chacony in G Minor Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Mozart Requiem Polphony Katherine Watson soprano Claudia Huckle alto Thomas Walker tenor Roderick Williams baritone Stephen Layton conductor Our annual concert with leading British choir, Polyphony, at St John’s Smith Square, performing Mozart’s ever popular Requiem, together with music for remembrance.


Handel Messiah Thursday 5 December 6.30 – 9.00pm St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD Free, booking required* Handel Messiah St Paul’s Cathedral Choir and Chorus Andrew Carwood conductor The majesty of the Cathedral provides the perfect setting for Handel’s enduring masterpiece and most popular work. With its vivid portrayal of biblical scenes and high emotional charge, the Messiah has become a traditional fixture marking the start of Christmas for many. *To apply for tickets please send a stamped addressed envelope to: Messiah Tickets, The Chapter House, London, EC4M 8AD Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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23 October & 13 February

Our popular and informal concert series returns to Village Underground in Shoreditch. Designed to appeal to those who like their live music experiences informal and who enjoy a glass of wine while listening, these concerts allow you to get closer to our musicians away from the traditional setting of a concert hall, and feature an array of guest artists. There will be no interval during the concerts and the bar will be open throughout. Please note seating is on a first come, first served basis.


Shostakovich The New Babylon Hugh Brunt conductor Film screening of the 1929 silent movie, The New Babylon, with the orchestra performing Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s original film score. Part of our Hot Tunes, Cold War series

Wednesday 12 February 7.30 – 9.00pm (doors open 6.45pm) Stephen Farr harpsichord Elin Manahan Thomas soprano Mara Carlyle singer Our alternative Valentine’s Day offering, with bittersweet love songs from baroque to modern day contemporary music, featuring singer/songwriter Mara Carlyle.

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ

£15 (includes one free drink) 020 7377 1362



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London Concert Supporters and Partners We are extremely grateful to the following partners and supporters and our many anonymous London donors, who have made this season’s programme happen. Arts Council England, Cadogan Hall, City of London Sinfonia Governors’ Circle, Friends and Benefactors, The Forum for European Philosophy, Teruko Iwanaga, M&G Investments, The Radcliffe Trust, John & Susan Singer, Southbank Centre, Spitalfields Music, St John’s Smith Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Village Underground, William & Alex de Winton

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City of London Sinfonia, Piano House, 9 Brighton Terrace, London, SW9 8DJ. Registered Charity No: 286818 All programme details correct at time of going to press. City of London Sinfonia reserves the right to alter the artists/ programmes at anytime. Photography: James Berry

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