Get CLoSer to CLS

Posted on: August 30, 2011 in: Programmes

When watching a classical concert it is hard not to wonder at the intricacies of orchestral performance, not only how the sheer precision needed in timing and tempo is achieved, but how the problematic sections of a composition are conquered by a conductor, or simply how a musician prepares for such a piece. Many of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ aspects of orchestras are never shared with those who want to know the most, their audience. CLS are launching a brand new concert series called CLoSer, which will help to answer many of your queries in an informal atmosphere with a glass of wine in your hand!


CLoSer launches on 22 November in one of East London’s newest venues: Village Underground. These concerts, in partnership with Spitalfields Music, are designed to allow you to get closer to our orchestra with ‘talking’ programme notes throughout the performance, post concert music and discussion, as well as the chance to mingle with our musicians. And we have three very different concerts lined up to satisfy all curiosities:

Strings Masterclass – Tues 22 Nov 2011

John Adams Shaker Loops                                                            
TBC Clarinet Concertino
 Bartok Divertimento for Strings

Michael Collins clarinet/conductor

Spirit of the Voice – Weds 29 Feb 2012

Poulenc Suite Française                                                              
JS Bach French Suite                                                                  
Poulenc Le Bal Masque
Knut Nystedt Immortal Bach
Stravinsky Mass

Stephen Layton conductor
Holst Singers

Jazz Finale – Weds 25 April 2012

Milhaud La Creation du Monde
Mark-Anthony Turnage Eulogy
Gwilym Simcock Compositions

Clark Rundell conductor
Gwilym Simcock piano

Finally quench your thirst for orchestral knowledge and book tickets to get CLoSer to us!

Booking opens 5 September on 020 7377 1362 or

Tickets £15 (includes one free drink)
Early Bird Tickets – 20 £1 tickets available for each concert on a first come first served basis (phone booking only). Find out more here