City of London Sinfonia (CLS) is the Orchestra that promises to surprise and move you. We involve 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. We 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 our musicians spent over 170 days making music with a wide range of groups throughout the country, reaching over 14,000 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.