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Two members of Nérija interviewed in The Observer


The British jazz explosion: meet the musicians rewriting the rulebook by Kate Hutchinson (Observer New Review) The UK is home to a diverse, collaborative and newly confident jazz scene. We meet seven musicians whose innovative sounds are liberating the genre for new audiences: Sheila Maurice-Grey: ‘People are taking from different aspects of their culture and […]

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Review: “So maybe this London jazz boom is for real, after all.” (Nérija at the Albert Hall)

Nérija at the Albert Hall Elgar Room, Thursday 29th March Richard Williams on The Blue Moment (also The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, & Independent on Sunday) So maybe this London jazz boom is for real, after all. There was another piece about it in the New York Times last week, in which Giovanni Russonello extolled the Sons […]

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

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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M magazine (PRS for Music) announces 2018 CMF Artist applications

Apply to City Music Foundation’s Artist Programme Posted 6 March 2018 Calling classical soloists, chamber ensembles plus jazz, folk and world musicians: City Music Foundation (CMF) has opened entries for its two-year artist programme. Find out how to apply here…The scheme aims to equip outstanding musicians with the ‘tools, skills, experience and networks they need to […]

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WildKat PR announces 2018 CMF Artist applications

6th March: CMF opens Artist Programme for 2018, events to mark IWD2018, blind musicians to pilot e-reader In today’s news: blind musicians to pilot braille machine e-reader at RNIB, CMF opens Artist Programme applications, the best London events to mark International Women’s Day, a look back at the life of enigmatic soprano Nancy Storace, the […]

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Classical Music Magazine announces 2018 CMF Artist applications

Applications for CMF Artist Programme now open 5th March 2018 by Katy Wright Applications for the CMF Artist Programme are now open. Those selected for the two-year scheme will start in September 2018, and will receive: Mentoring from senior business-people through collaborations with City firms. Artistic mentoring from established, acclaimed international players A series of […]

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“In a world crowded with excellent young string quartets, the Ligeti Quartet have more than superlative technique” (I Care If You Listen)

Morphs and Magpies: Ligeti Quartet at London’s Steiner Recital Hall CAROLINE POTTER on February 28, 2018 at 6:00 am To paraphrase Stravinsky, great composers don’t borrow, they steal. “Morphs and Magpies” was the theme of the Ligeti Quartet’s concert given at the Steiner Recital Hall in London on February 17, and the programme displayed some unrepentant […]

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“The Ligetis performed every work with an impressive commitment to the extremities of technique” (The Cusp)

Morphs and Magpies | REVIEW | A concert from the cutting-edge Ligeti Quartet Steiner Hall, London By Bruno Bower The Ligeti Quartet titled their programme ‘Morphs and Magpies’, describing the five works as borrowing or transforming material. However a deeper link might be compression, with most of them shoving lots of material into comparatively short […]

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

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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 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 our office. […]

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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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Classical Music Magazine annouces 2017 CMF Artists

City Music Foundation announces 2017 artists Katy Wright 11th January 2018 The City Music Foundation has announced the five musicians selected for its 2017 artist programme. Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano), Eblana String Trio, Alex Hitchcock (jazz saxophone), Gwenllian Llyr (harp) and Rokas Valuntonis (piano) started CMF’s two-year artist programme in October 2017 and will continue to work […]

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The Cross-Eyed Pianist announces 2017 CMF Artists

2017 City Music Foundation Artists announced including pianist, Rokas Valuntonis Cross-Eyed Pianist JANUARY 12, 2018 City Music Foundation (CMF) has announced the 5 musicians who are joining the CMF Artist programme as 2017 CMF Artists: Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano), Eblana String Trio, Alex Hitchcock (jazz saxophone), Gwenllian Llyr (harp) and Rokas Valuntonis (piano). These sensational musicians started […]

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Glowing review for Tabea Debus at inaugural Baroque at the Edge Festival


Baroque at the Edge Festival St James Clerkenwell, 6 January 2018 by Andrew Benson-Wilson Tabea Debus is one of the most exciting young musicians to arrive on the performing scene in recent years. As well as being a virtuoso recorder player, she has the inventiveness and imagination to look beyond mere performance. An example is […]

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