• CLOSER: Debussy, Copland & Dance Highlights

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    Watch highlights from CLOSER: Debussy, Copland & Dance, filmed at Village Underground on 22 September 2015.

    City of London Sinfonia's 2015-16 season opened with a celebration of music written for dance from Rameau’s 18th-century re-imagining of the classical Pygmalion myth to Copland’s musical story of the US pioneers who explored the Appalachian mountains in the 19th century. The performance began and ended with Debussy’s stunning L’aprés midi d’un faune in two different dance interpretations, alongside a unique take on Bach’s solo cello suites with clarinettist Michael Collins in what is the first ‘Bach RE:Imagining’ of the series.

    Part of City of London Sinfonia’s ground-breaking informal concert series, CLoSer is designed to appeal to those who like their music intimate, relaxed (and who enjoy a glass of wine while listening!).

    Supported by Arts Council England, Garfield Weston Foundation and M&G Investments, and in association with Village Underground

    Full Concert Order:
    Debussy arr. Schoenberg 'Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune'
    by permission of Universal Edition A.G. Wien

    Copland 'Appalachian Spring'

    Bach arr. Collins 'Extracts from Cello Suite in D Minor BWV 1008'

    Jean-Philippe Rameau 'Pygmalion Dance Suite'
    Pygmalion - Acte De Ballet Editions Durand, Paris (Universal Music Publishing Group) By arrangement with G. Ricordi & Co. Ltd (London)

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    We are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to work alongside some incredible organisations as part of our Meet the Music outreach initiatives. Founded in 1988, City of London Sinfonia's education and outreach programme was one of the first to be established by a UK orchestra. Our musicians spend many hours outside the concert hall working with young people, in hospitals and in residential homes, bringing music making into the community.

    Growth through Music brings music and musicians into schools, nurseries and community settings. Our annual Lullaby Concert Tour works with very young children across Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Essex. These tours are organised alongside our partner Orchestras Live as part of their First Time Live scheme, which addresses the barriers preventing young people in culturally-disadvantaged regions from attending orchestral concerts. These interactive concerts are presented by Claire Bloor , our animateur in residence, and provide an opportunity for our young audiences to try out a range of orchestral instruments .

    Wellbeing through Music includes work in the field of health and wellbeing, including our regular visits to Great Ormond Street and Evelina Children's Hospitals, in which our musicians perform on the wards as well as providing concerts.

    Our rapidly expanding L'Chaim programme sends musicians into residential homes for elderly Jewish refugees and holocaust survivors for a series of interactive concerts.
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    Our regular Crash Bang Wallop! family concerts take place at Cadogan Hall, London. These concerts are designed to appeal to kids (big and small) and are seen as an easy introduction to the Orchestra and classical music with plenty of audience participation and interaction.

    Prior to each concert, we run musical and craft activities related to the theme of the concert such as conducting a live string quartet, or taking part in percussion workshops.

    Crash Bang Wallop! concerts are for all the family and especially suited to children aged 3 to 6 years old.

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