Three questions before a recital: A4 Brass Quartet

A4 Brass Quartet answer a few questions ahead of their lunchtime recital at St Bart’s the Less on Wednesday 19th December. When planning our December recital, we immediately thought of A4 Brass Quartet (2018 CMF Artists) – who better to bring us some much needed Christmas cheer! For our final recital of 2018, A4 Brass […]

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Guide: CMF Artists at 2018 London Jazz Festival

At this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival (Friday 16th to Sunday 25th November) you’ll find CMF Artists at every turn, in venues such as the Elgar Room (Royal Albert Hall), 606 Club, and Kansas Smitty’s, a venue founded by CMF Artist Giacomo Smith. Here’s a quick guide to who, when, and where to find CMF […]

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Three questions before a recital: Helen Charlston

Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston (2018 CMF Artist) answers a few questions ahead of her lunchtime recital at St Bart’s the Less on Wednesday 14th November. Hailed as “a rather special mezzo” (MusicWeb International), Helen Charlston’s warm and distinctive tone has cemented her as a key performer in the next generation of British singers. She received first […]

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Mentoring in Action: Helen Charlston with Joan Rodgers

Mentoring has always been a central part of the CMF Artist Programme and for 2018 CMF Artist Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano) a session with legendary soprano and CMF patron Joan Rodgers was her very first experience of what CMF has to offer. Helen and Joan spent the afternoon together discussing how to build a successful singing career, […]

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Three questions before a recital: Gwenllian Llyr

Harpist Gwenllian Llyr (2017 CMF Artist) continues our 2018-19 Lunchtime Recital Series at St Bart’s the Less on Wednesday 17th October. A former prize-winner at the USA International Harp Competition, Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and St David’s Hall. Her programme will include works by Debussy, Scriabin, […]

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New Lunchtime Recital Series at St Bart’s the Less

Continuing our relationship with The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less, from Wednesday 19th September we will be presenting CMF Artists in a series of monthly lunchtime recitals, which will run throughout the 2018-19 season. Under the stunning octagonal ceiling of this ancient church (situated within the grounds of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, EC1A 7DS) we […]

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Looking back on a Day of Music at St Bart’s Hospital

On 28th June 2018 we brought a Day of Music to St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Three events in three historic spaces around the hospital grounds. We started the day with a lunchtime recital in The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less, or ‘the less’ as it’s known. Performing under its stunning octagonal ceiling, Mexican cellist […]

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Lotte Betts-Dean introduces Death Speaks

“There is a simplicity and directness to David Lang’s music that draws the listener in immediately” – Lotte Betts-Dean As part of our day of music at St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Thursday 28th June, we’re bringing David Lang’s haunting song cycle death speaks to The Pathology Museum (part of Queen Mary University of London). As the title […]

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A Day of Music at St Bartholomew’s Hospital

A hospital may not seem like the most obvious music venue, but walk through the Henry VIII gate of St Bart’s Hospital and you’re soon greeted by a stunning 15th-century church tower followed by a large Georgian square. Journey further in and you’ll discover the hospital’s hidden gem, the Barts Pathology Museum. On Thursday 28th […]

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“I couldn’t have done this project without CMF”

An interview with Tabea Debus Recorder player Tabea Debus launches her third album XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto on 10th April 2018 Commissioning new music is not an everyday occurrence. It takes time and careful planning and there’s still risk involved; there’s no guarantee you’ll get what you want at the end of it! In […]

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Lotte Betts-Dean to give Nico Muhly Australian Premiere

Lotte Betts-Dean

Interview with Nico Muhly: “Write for your friends and behave well” In a few weeks’ time, chamber music will crash against the concrete walls of the Collingwood Underground Carpark. Wedged inside a program of Schumann and Brahms, American composer Nico Muhly’s piece So Many Things will be performed by singer Lotte Betts-Dean and the Penny Quartet as […]

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St Bartholomew the Less: a permanent home for CMF in the City of London

At our St Valentine’s Day fundraiser in Mansion House, Sir Nicholas Kenyon (CMF Trustee and Managing Director of the Barbican) gave a short speech outlining plans for an exciting new chapter for City Music Foundation. CMF has been looking for its own space for some time, a place to host our many core activities and […]

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St Valentine’s Day – we had a ball!

St Valentine’s Day isn’t traditionally a day for a party, but it is a day for giving. Last Wednesday we hosted a sumptuous event at the Mansion House, kick-starting our fundraising campaign to create a permanent home for CMF in the City of London. Naturally the evening was full of music, as well as fine […]

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‘Morphs and Magpies’ – the Ligeti Quartet’s mischievous new programme

The Ligeti Quartet are well-known for their inventive and engaging programming of contemporary music, and their latest invention is no less intriguing.  György Ligeti String Quartet No. 1, ‘Métamorphoses nocturnes’ Gregers Brinch String Quartet No. 1 Tanya Tagaq Sivunittinni (arr. Garchik) INTERVAL John Zorn  Cat O’Nine Tails Alfred Schnittke String Quartet No. 3 ‘Morphs and Magpies’ draws together 5 composers who […]

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