Restore and Revive at Christmas in pictures

Posted on: December 14, 2020 in: Programmes>2020-21 Season

Southwark Cathedral was full of the joys of Christmas on Monday 7 December as City of London Sinfonia strings and the Happenstance Singers performed festive, classical music to a live audience in Restore and Revive at Christmas.

We’re pleased to say that this concert was filmed and will be available to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa from Wednesday 16 December. Preview the event with Tom Bowles‘ photos of the day’s rehearsal and concert and our video trailer below.

  • Rachel van der Tang
  • Martin Burgess
  • City of London Sinfonia strings
  • Fiona McCapra
  • Matt Maguire
  • The Happenstance Singers
  • City of London Sinfonia strings

Alexandra Wood (Leader and Creative Director) led the start of our concert in Corelli’s joyous Christmas Concerto. Throughout the concert, Alex caught up with other members of the Orchestra, chatting about the music and their Christmas plans.

Alexandra Wood hosting

Choral and chamber music, including a new arrangement of There is no rose by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Tavener’s The Lamb for strings, were performed in different places around Southwark Cathedral, exploring the historic building’s enchanting acoustics and architecture.

  • CLS String Trio
  • The Happenstance Singers
  • String Quartet at the font
  • The Happenstance Singers

Our festivities came to a close with ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, before the Orchestra were cheered back on to perform an encore – a special arrangement of a well-known Christmas song that you can look forward to in our online concert!

  • City of London Sinfonia and audience
  • Alexandra Wood, director/violin
  • Markus van horn, double bass
  • Violas
  • The Happenstance Singers
  • The Happenstance Singers
  • City of London Sinfonia at Christmas
  • City of London Sinfonia and audience
  • Concert audience

You can enjoy ‘Restore and Revive at Christmas’ in our online premiere on Wednesday 16 December, 7pm GMT, and for 30 days after on YouTube and Facebook. Find out more on our website and take a look at our concert video trailer.

All images in this blog post are © Tom Bowles for City of London Sinfonia, 2020. Trailer produced by Michael Whight Audio Recordings and Videos.


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