City of London Sinfonia (CLS) is the orchestral home to over 40 outstanding professional musicians who come together in the shared belief that music has the power to transform the lives of people across all areas of society.
The Orchestra places equal value on everything they do, whether performing in world-famous concert halls and opera houses or sharing musical experiences with residents in care homes and hospitals. CLS brings a distinctive, ‘seriously informal’ style that removes the barriers between musicians and audiences, along with a warmth of music-making from musicians sharing a wider range of experiences together beyond the concert platform.
CLS gives over 75 performances every year, anywhere from an East London club to international concert halls and cathedrals; in its residencies at Opera Holland Park and St Paul’s Cathedral; and in communities that because of location or opportunity would not otherwise experience outstanding professional music.
In the 2018-19 Season, CLS celebrates 30 years of transforming lives through music in its reputable Participation programme, which now reaches over 10,000 people every year in the UK. CLS continues to build upon strengths in mainstream education, visiting schools where social background often creates a barrier to creativity and ambition, and in wellbeing, at hospitals for young people with challenging conditions and with older people dealing with loss of loved ones and memory.
CLS was one of the first UK orchestras to establish a year-round, permanent programme of participation activity in 1988, and the programme has been running continuously ever since, with more than 150 days of activity in the UK every year. The Orchestra’s education work has also spread as far afield as Mexico, Japan and South Korea in recent years.
With Creative Director and Leader Alexandra Wood, CLS conceives and delivers imaginative performances and projects with associate artists, including skilled workshop leaders, musicians in classical, jazz, folk and contemporary music, and artists in film, dance or visual art – all of whom come to CLS to achieve ambitions they could not realise elsewhere. City of London Sinfonia collaborates with artists including Tony Adigun, Jessica Cottis, Soumik Datta, Brett Dean, Sian Edwards, Sam Lee and Roderick Williams.