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Reviews & Quotes
Please find below our latest press reviews and quotes:
Emigre - Spring 2015
The City of London Sinfonia’s woodwind proved a euphonious joy throughout... Layton presented an affectionate reading of this Sinfonia concertante, in which again the CLS wind proved excellent soloists indeed. The first movement was welcoming in spirit, even before the soloists entered.” – Boulezian, June 2015
“An enterprising programme” – Alan Sanders, Seen and Heard, May 2015 (From Hollywood to New York)
“@SpitsMusic @CityLdnSinfonia @BBCRadio3 just listened – stellar performance, Handel sounded especially glorious!” – Twitter Follower on Georgian London , June 2015
“The musical highlight was JC Bach’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, which pits the orchestra’s woodwinds and horns against the strings to delicious effect, and inspired true ensemble playing from the CLS.” – John Allison, The Telegraph, June 2015
“The manner of Collins’s conducting here – precise, clear-cut and rhythmically vital – promised good things... it was a great relief to hear Collins’s trenchant, urgently expressive performance.” – Alan Sanders, Seen and Heard, May 2015 (From Hollywood to New York)
“...everything had been micromanaged to get our toes tapping, from the players’ flamboyant costumes to the strategically positioned dancers.” – Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, February 2015
“@M_Petrov @CityLdnSinfonia Wow - what a fantastic performance!” – Twitter follower, May 2015 (From Hollywood to New York)
“You can generally count on the City of London Sinfonia to dish up an imaginative programme, and one that lures a young crowd” – Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, February 2015
Shakespeare: Let Music Sound - Autumn 2014
‘The orchestral playing, under the baton of Stephen Layton, was richly detailed and performed in perfect synchronicity with the acting... this was an intelligently-constructed concert that beautifully captured the spirit of Shakespeare’s evergreen play.’ – Jack Johnson, 10 October 2014, Bachtrack
‘The lightness and the beauty of Mendelssohn's music really shone through. The two actors, conductor Stephen Layton, and choir and orchestra handled the tricky synchronisation of speech over the orchestral accompaniment in the closing sections flawlessly. The wind chording, capped by Anna Noakes's strong first flute was beautifully done. Layton could have given more of a sense of architecture to the Scherzo, but that's a niggle. This music is all about airiness and pleasure, and Layton's reading had plenty of both’, Sebastian Scotney, 9 October 2014, Arts Desk
Opera Holland Park 2014
'The 13 instrumentalists, paced with the skill of long experience by Steuart Bedford, capture the score's understated, insinuating beauty' – Erica Jeal, The Guardian, Wednesday 2 July
'The precision of Steuart Bedford's conducting with the excellent City of London Sinfonia gave a fine connection between the orchestra and singers, and allowed the tension to build.' - Mark Ronan, Theatre Reviews, July2014
‘Musically the performance I attended – with the young conductor Timothy Bruke taking over from Stuart Stratford, who was in charge of the rest of the run – was highly persuasive. Burke drew sweeping, impassioned playing from a City of London Sinfonia on fine form, and clearly enjoying itself; the aching nostalgia and powerful vistas of the music came across with power.’ – Hugo Shirley, Opera, August 2014
'The overture starts with a blinding flash of light, a fierce bass note and an exhilarating crash of wild, sweet music from the City of London Sinfonia... Conductor Stuart Stratford is in no hurry to get to that clinch in Act II, and allows each colour to bloom and fade.' - Anna Picard, The Times, June 2014
Natural / Supernatural - Spring 2014
“Arts promoters should take heart. This was an age-diverse capacity crowd gathered for music with a common thread of melancholy.” Anna Picard, The Times, June 2014
Biographies & Logos
City of London Sinfonia (CLS) is the Orchestra that promises to surprise and move you. CLS involves people from all ages and backgrounds in life-enhancing music experiences to create an exciting and harmonious future together.
Led by Artistic Director, Stephen Layton, and Principal Conductor, Michael Collins, CLS regularly works with world class artists as well as up and coming talent, including in the last year: Gwilym Simcock, Mara Carlyle, Polyphony, Hugh Brunt, Roderick Williams and Elin Manahan Thomas among others. CLS performs across London at all the major concert halls and venues, as well as St Paul’s Cathedral and other venues in the City of London and on the fringes. They are resident orchestra at the capital’s popular Opera Holland Park and regular guests at major UK festivals, regularly performing at the BBC Proms, Brighton, Spitalfields Music and Cheltenham Festivals.
The Orchestra’s education and outreach programme, Meet the Music, was one of the first established by a UK orchestra. Last year CLS musicians spent over 100 days making music with a wide range of groups throughout the country, reaching over 10,000 people. Recent projects include the Lullaby concert tour for young children in rural and isolated parts of England and First Time Live touring programme for 10-14 year olds, both in partnership with Orchestras Live, as well ongoing work with 5-7 year olds in the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Harrow. CLS also regularly work with Great Ormond Street Hospital, Evelina Children’s Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Jewish Care homes, St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney and the Dementia Research Centre.
The Orchestra has an extensive discography of over one hundred recordings, which includes the award-winning recording of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. Current recordings include Instrumation with Gwilym Simcock on ACT, Weber’s Clarinet and Horn Concertos with Michael Collins and Stephen Stirling on CHANDOS, and Britten’s St Nicolas with the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Holst Singers and Stephen Layton, on Hyperion.
City of London Sinfonia are a registered charity and in addition to income from fees and ticket sales, they need to raise over £600,000 this year in order to make their ambitious programme of events happen. CLS are extremely grateful for all the corporate sponsorship, grants and donations they receive from individuals, companies and trusts and foundations who help support their work.