Our year in pictures – 2015

Posted on: January 6, 2016 in: CLS Behind the ScenesEducation and Outreach, Retrospect

It was quite a year at CLS. We began 2015 with our Émigré series, full of music by composers who travelled the globe looking for fame and fortune, new artistic experiences, or just a safe place to call home. We did some travelling of our own when we visited Mexico in the spring, before setting up camp once again with Opera Holland Park over the summer. This autumn saw the beginning of our RE:Imagine series, which explores composers’ new interpretations and perspectives on existing works. Take a stroll with us down memory lane and see some of our highlights from 2015…

With the help of some brilliant cat gifs, we channelled our inner dancers for the tango-inspired CLoSer: To and From Buenos Aires. We also reminded ourselves just how weird cats can be!

The real dancers who joined us for the concert were brilliant, though!


In April, Russian-born New York composer and violist Ljova joined us for a special residency. He delighted us all with his beautiful blend of classical music, Russian folk, Klezmer and jazz, reflecting his own émigré roots. In anticipation of his arrival, we all thought up our favourite viola jokes…


We loved having Ljova with us for CLoSer, Crash Bang Wallop! and a number of Meet the Music projects. You can read more about Ljova’s time with us on his blog. Our Émigré season closed with a celebration of Georgian London in the beautiful Shoreditch church. We were joined by the wonderful Polyphony to perform music by Mozart, Handel, Haydn and JC Bach, written while the composers were living and working in London.



To top off our busy Spring, we packed our bags and jetted off to Mexico with the brilliant Matthew Barley and our very own Freddie the Frog. Needless to say, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Summer saw us return once more to Opera Holland Park where, between performances, we ate rather a lot of cake, and befriended a very bold squirrel.


The highlights of our autumn were our beautiful brand new website and box office (if you haven’t explored yet, we highly recommend it!).

We began our RE:Imagine series in September with CLoSer: Debussy, Copland and Dance, where we were joined by two exceptional dancers for new interpretations of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. 


With Elin Manahan Thomas and Alex Potter we transformed the beautiful surroundings of Southwark Cathedral in Venice: Darkness to Light. Before the concert, we joined founder of Amelia’s Wines, Amelia Singer, for a tailored wine tasting event. You can read more about how she went about choosing the wines here.


2015 was a great year for our Meet the Music programmes. We’re incredibly proud to have spent more than 200 days in the community last year, with more than 14,000 participants in our education and healthcare projects. This included more than 8,000 very young children living in areas of high social deprivation and more than 1,000 older adults across the UK.

You can read more about our education and outreach projects here.


Join us this year as we continue our RE:Imagine series with The Viennese Salon on 24 January, for which we are delighted to be joined by our wonderful patron, Dame Felicity Lott. We can’t wait to see what else 2016 has in store for us!

The Viennese Salon
Sunday 24 January 2016, 2pm
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, SE1 9DT
Tickets £62 (premium), £15 – £48, £10 (standing)
Box Office shakespearesglobe.com / 020 7401 9919


We’d like to say a special thank you to our excellent photographers James Berry, Robert Workman and Arturo Lavin who have been on hand to take so many beautiful pictures of our events!