Playing London 2012/13 - concerts brochure

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London Concerts September 2012 - February 2013

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At a Glance

Michael Collins 18 Oct, 7.30pm Cadogan Hall Stravinsky Octet John Adams Gnarly Buttons John Adams Grand Pianola Music Michael Collins conductor/ clarinet Crash Bang Wallop! Under the Sea 3 Nov, 12.00pm Cadogan Hall Saint-Saëns The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals Handel Water Music Claire Bloor presenter Mozart Requiem 14 Nov, 7.30pm St John’s Smith Square John Adams The Wound Dresser Mozart Requiem Polyphony choir Stephen Layton conductor London Jazz Festival 16 Nov, 7.30pm St James’s Church, Piccadilly Milhaud Le Creation du Monde Simcock Simple Tales Simcock Move Clark Rundell conductor Gwilym Simcock jazz piano

Messiah 6 Dec, 6.30pm St Paul’s Cathedral Handel Messiah St Paul’s Cathedral Choir and Chorus Andrew Carwood conductor Crash Bang Wallop! Christmas Special 8 Dec, 12.00pm Cadogan Hall Tchaikovsky Music from The Nutcracker Suite Claire Bloor presenter City of London Festival lunchtime concert 20 Jan, 1.05pm St Andrew Church, Holborn CLoSer 13 Feb, 7.30pm Village Underground Kancheli Night Prayers Tim Garland world premiere Clark Rundell conductor Tim Garland saxophone City of London Festival lunchtime concert 27 Feb, 1.05pm St Andrew Church, Holborn

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CLoSer 19 Sept, 7.30pm Village Underground Stravinsky Concerto in D Piazzolla Hommage à Liège De Falla El amor brujo Copland Clarinet Concerto Michael Collins conductor/ clarinet Katona Twins guitar duo

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Front cover: Amos, Trombone

Lynda, Principal Bass


Welcome to City of London Sinfonia’s 2012/13 London season. We’ll be kicking off our new season in September with the return of a second series of CLoSer at Village Underground in Shoreditch. Described by audience members as the ”best classical club experience so far” these informal and intimate concerts are not to be missed. For this year’s CLoSer we welcome back our Principal Conductor Michael Collins and previous Guest Artist Clark Rundell, as well as introducing leading classical guitar duo, the Katona Twins, and composer and saxophonist Tim Garland. We perform with our Principal Conductor Michael Collins on both 19 September at Village Underground and 18 October at Cadogan Hall. Our return to Cadogan Hall will feature Michael as both conductor and soloist, performing John Adam’s Gnarly Buttons which he premiered in London in 1996, under the composer’s direction. In November, we reunite with stunning choir Polyphony for a repeat performance of Mozart’s ever popular Requiem, alongside John Adams’ The Wound Dresser, under the baton of our other Principal Conductor, Stephen Layton. Having received four stars from The Daily Telegraph for a “seamless and unfailingly expressive” joint performance at the BBC Proms in 2011, this year’s performance at St John’s Smith Square, featuring top soloists including Roderick Williams and Elizabeth Watts, is expected to be another impressive evening. And we haven’t forgotten the little ones! In fact this season there will be four Crash Bang Wallop! family concerts to look forward to. We’ll be making a splash at our water themed Crash Bang Wallop! in November and bringing you a spectacular festive special in December. Whether you are a regular City of London Sinfonia concert attender or considering joining us for the first time, we hope that you will share our enthusiasm for the season ahead and look forward to seeing you at a concert soon.

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CLoSer

Michael Collins

£15 (includes a free drink) 020 7377 1362 spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

£32, £25, £18, £15 020 7730 4500 cadoganhall.com

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Stravinsky Concerto in D Piazzolla Hommage à Liège De Falla El amor brujo Copland Clarinet Concerto Michael Collins conductor/clarinet Katona Twins guitar duo Our informal concert series returns with a distinctly American flavour. With music from adopted American, Igor Stravinsky, who composed his Concerto in D while living in Hollywood, the jazz inspired Clarinet Concerto from the “Dean of American Composers” Aaron Copland and the rhythmic Hommage à Liège, a concerto unusually set for guitar, bandoneón and strings by the greatest of Tango composers Argentine Astor Piazzolla. Open rehearsal for friends on 18 September In partnership with Spitalfields Music and Village Underground

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Thursday 18 October 7.30pm Cadogan Hall

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Wednesday 19 September 7.30pm (no interval) Village Underground

Stravinsky Octet John Adams Gnarly Buttons John Adams Grand Pianola Music Michael Collins conductor/clarinet Featuring music by two of America’s greatest and most interesting twentieth century composers: Igor Stravinsky and John Adams, we are joined by our Principal Conductor Michael Collins as both conductor and soloist, for what promises to be a typically energetic performance by the orchestra. Stravinsky’s Octet has become one of his most influential chamber works and was inspired by a dream, as was John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music in which he found himself driving down Interstate 5, being approached by two of the world’s longest Steinways! Gnarly Buttons is his concerto for clarinet and small orchestra, originally premiered by Michael Collins, who performs it once again with the Orchestra. Open rehearsal for friends on16 October In association with Cadogan Hall

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Crash Bang Wallop! Under the Sea Saturday 3 November 12 noon Pre concert activities from 11.00am Cadogan Hall

Adult: £8 Child: £6 Family: £24 020 7730 4500 cadoganhall.com Handel Water Music Saint-Saëns The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals Traditional The Hornpipe Claire Bloor presenter We explore the deep blue sea and all its magical myths and creatures! This concert features some of classical music’s most famous pieces including The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns and Handel’s Water Music, as well as popular favourites Row, Row, Row, your Boat and The Hornpipe. As always there will be plenty of opportunity for singing and audience participation throughout the concert. Pre concert activities include: -Minute Maestro -Flying fish -Paper boats -Try an orchestral instrument Concert is most suitable for children aged three to eight years In association with Cadogan Hall


Mozart Requiem Wednesday 14 November 7.30pm St John’s Smith Square £45, £36, £22.50, £15 020 7222 1061 sjss.org.uk CLS FIVER

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John Adams The Wound Dresser Mozart Requiem Polyphony choir Stephen Layton conductor Elizabeth Watts soprano Clare Wilkinson mezzo-soprano James Gilchrist tenor Roderick Williams baritone City of London Sinfonia and Polyphony perform Mozart’s ever popular Requiem together with John Adams’ powerful piece, The Wound Dresser. Conducted by Stephen Layton and featuring an array of leading soloists including Roderick Williams and Elizabeth Watts, this promises to be a truly memorable concert. Open rehearsal for friends on 12 November In association with St John’s Smith Square

“The pre-concert activities are fantastic for my children, especially when they get to meet the musicians before” Crash Bang Wallop! audience member

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London Jazz Festival

Friday 16 November 7.30pm St James’s Church, Piccadilly £35, £25, £15 020 7724 2389 Milhaud Le Creation du Monde Gwilym Simcock Simple Tales Gwilym Simcock Move Clark Rundell conductor Gwilym Simcock jazz piano City of London Sinfonia makes its London Jazz Festival debut performing Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde, a story of creation based on African folk mythology, and two pieces by prolific jazz pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock: Simple Tales and Move, both written especially for the Orchestra.

“Fine performance by Polyphony with City of London Sinfonia... seamless and unfailingly expressive” The Daily Telegraph

Nick, Principal Trumpet, Helen, Oboe & Jane, Principal Violin Two

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Messiah

Thursday 6 December 6.30pm St Paul’s Cathedral Free, booking required* stpauls.co.uk Handel Messiah St Paul’s Cathedral Choir and Chorus Andrew Carwood conductor The majesty of St Paul’s 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

Crash Bang Wallop! Christmas Special

City of London Festival lunchtime concerts

Saturday 8 December 12 noon Pre concert activities from 11.00am Cadogan Hall

Wednesday 30 January 1.05 – 2.05pm St Andrew Church, Holborn

Adult: £8 Child: £6 Family: £24 020 7730 4500 cadoganhall.com

Wednesday 27 February 1.05– 2.05pm St Andrew Church, Holborn

Tchaikovsky Music from The Nutcracker Suite Claire Bloor presenter

Free, no booking required

Free, no booking required

In partnership with City of London Festival with support from the City of London

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate with City of London Sinfonia with music from The Nutcracker Suite, popular carols and sing along festive favourites. As always there will be plenty of opportunity for singing and audience participation throughout the concert. Pre concert activities include: -Festive decorations -Make your own snowman -Try an orchestral instrument -Percussion Zoo Concert is most suitable for children aged three to eight years In association with Cadogan Hall

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Wednesday 13 February 7.30pm (no interval) Village Underground £15 (includes a free drink) 020 7377 1362 spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk CLS FIVER

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Audience Choice* Giya Kancheli Night Prayers Tim Garland world premiere

The second concert in our CLoSer series features the supremely talented saxophonist Tim Garland and CLoSer favourite, the conductor Clark Rundell. With 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 latest piece for string orchestra and saxophone. There’ll also be the chance for the audience to call the shots. In partnership with Spitalfields Music and Village Underground

Clark Rundell conductor Tim Garland saxophone Open rehearsal for friends on 12 February

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“Best classical club experience so far” “Informal atmosphere, excellent musicians & gorgeous setting!” CLoSer audience members

*YOU DECIDE!

In December we’ll be running a poll via our Facebook page asking you to choose the first piece of music to be performed at this concert. Make sure you’re signed up to our social media channels in order to vote.

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Venues Cadogan Hall 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ St Andrew Church, Holborn 5 St. Andrew Street, EC4A 3AB St John’s Smith Square Smith Square, SW1P 3HA St Paul’s Cathedral St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD St James’s Church 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ Travel Information can be found at tfl.gov.uk 020 7222 1234

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Helen, Oboe


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“I really feel part of the family - the opportunity to sit in amongst the Orchestra during Open Rehearsals has given me a real insight into what it takes to deliver world class performances.”

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City of London Sinfonia is one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras, committed to delivering outstanding performances and unforgettable experiences throughout the UK. Under the artistic leadership of Stephen Layton (Artistic Director & Principal Conductor) and Michael Collins (Principal Conductor), the Orchestra performs throughout the UK, with regular London appearances at all the major London venues and churches. The Orchestra has been resident at the capital’s popular festival Opera Holland Park since 2004 and is a regular guest at major UK festivals. Join our mailing list and be the first to find out the latest information on all our concerts and events.

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Programme details are correct at time of going to press. City of London Sinfonia reserves the right to alter the artists and/or programmes at any time. Photography: James Berry, Paul Coghlin, Benjamin Ealovega Design: designbyjump.com


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