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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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Alex Hitchcock wins 2018 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has announced Alex Hitchcock as the winner of the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2018. Now in its 28th year, the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award offers up to £5,000 for an emerging jazz musician or group to undertake a creative project of their choice that will support their professional development. The award can fund recording, […]

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A4 Brass Quartet appointed Honorary Associate Artists of RNCM

A4 Brass Quartet have been announced as Honorary Associate Artists of the Royal Northern College of Music. The Quartet are one of seven recent RNCM alumni selected for this prestigious ambassadorial role as a result of their outstanding achievements since graduation. They will now play an active role in promoting and supporting the college’s strategic […]

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Nominate CMF for £1k charity award!

  • November 19, 2018

  • Phil Barrett

  • News

Each weekday from 6th to 21st December, insurance firm Ecclesiastical will be giving £1,000 to 10 charities. That’s £120,000 to 120 charities in 12 days! It takes barely a minute to make a nomination – other than a few personal details, this is all you’ll need: Charity Name: City Music Foundation Charity Number: 1148641 Nominate CMF […]

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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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A4 Brass Quartet win RPS Henderson Prize

A4 Brass Quaret have been awarded the RPS Henderson Prize, one of four awards offered by the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of their burgeoning young musicians programme. The Quartet will receive £5000 as a result of the award. Other prize-winners include the Barbican String Quartet, who also receive £5000, and Izabela Musial (bassoon) and Maria Gilicel (violin), who both receive £2,500. Click here to read the […]

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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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A4 Brass Quartet appear on In Tune

To mark the announcement of their selection as 2018 CMF Artists, A4 Brass Quartet appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on Tuesday 25th September. They were interviewed by Katie Derham and played three contrasting pieces by Anton Bruckner, Martin Ellerby, and Percy Grainger. In conversation with Katie, they told her about their plans for the […]

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2018 CMF Artists announced

We’re delighted to announce the six artists joining the CMF Artist Programme as ‘2018 CMF Artists’: A4 Brass Quartet Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano) Toby Hughes (double bass) Ariana Kashefi (cello) Tom Millar (jazz piano) Emily Sun (violin) Chosen from over 150 applicants, these six successful artists were selected through a series of audition stages, culminating in […]

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Farewell to Jairo

How time flies! Abner Jairo Ortiz García, our second Mexican International Scholar, has now to come to the end of his time in London with CMF. To mark the end of his stay we organised for Jairo to give a recital at the Residence of the Mexican Ambassador, which provided the perfect opportunity to reflect […]

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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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Eblana String Trio to perform live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune

Ahead of their concerts at Lake District Summer Music (LDSM) at the end of month, the Eblana String Trio will perform live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on Tuesday 24th July. Since its formation in 2006, the Eblana String Trio has been performing regularly at music festivals throughout the UK and beyond; at LDSM the Trio will […]

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Jairo at halfway!

Three weeks ago, cellist Abner Jairo Ortiz García, our second CMF Mexican International Scholar (sponsored by Anglo Arts), arrived in London for his six-week CMF experience. Now halfway through his time with us, Jairo has (so far!): made his London recital debut as part of our Day of Music at St Bart’s Hospital (pictured below), attended a workshop […]

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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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Second International Scholar arrives in London

On 24th June, cellist Abner Jairo Ortiz García, our second Mexican International Scholar, arrived in London for his CMF experience. CMF recognises the importance of international experience in the development of young artists’ careers and are proud of the status of London in the musical world. The CMF International Artist Programme gives us the chance to extend […]

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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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City Music Foundation Data Protection and Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting the privacy of your personal data. We will respect any personal data you share with us and keep it safe. We aim to be clear when we collect your personal data and not do anything you wouldn’t reasonably expect. Please read this Policy carefully to understand our practices regarding your […]

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CMF awarded 2018/19 Rhinegold Charity Fund

We’re delighted to announce that CMF has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Rhinegold Charity Fund.  CMF will receive £10,000 worth of advertising to spend across Rhinegold’s flagship classical music publications and websites, including Classical Music, Opera Now and Music Teacher, as well as marketing, design and account management support from Rhinegold. Dr Clare Taylor, CMF managing […]

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Meet Michael Foyle

Ahead of his performance with the English Chamber Orchestra next week, we caught up with violinist and CMF Alumnus Michael Foyle to talk about Prokofiev, dreaming and Mexico!   Tell us something you’ve learned about Prokofiev whilst preparing to perform his 1st Violin Concerto? It is a great time to look into Prokofiev’s life as […]

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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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2017 CMF Artists announced

  Each year it is an enormous pleasure, as well as a huge challenge, for our judging panels to select the musicians for the CMF Artists Programme from the ever increasing number of exceptionally accomplished applicants. This year we’ve selected four soloists and one ensemble, which include classical as well as jazz musicians with talents […]

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Tabea Debus to perform on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune

Ahead of her concert at the Baroque at the Edge festival, Tabea will perform on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune with lutenist Alex McCartney on Thursday 4th January. Baroque at the Edge invites leading musicians ranging from classical to world, jazz and folk to take the music of the Baroque and see where it leads them. […]

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CMF takes part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017

  We’re delighted to announce that CMF is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017, the UK’s largest online match funding campaign. CMF is one of the charities that’s been selected to receive match funding from the Big Give, which means that donors have the rare opportunity to Double your Donation. For one week […]

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BBC Proms Auctions

  • July 14, 2017

  • Tabitha

  • News

BBC PROMS AUCTIONS: DEADLINE EXTENDED LOT ONE – 2 Premium tickets to the Last Night of the Proms  Saturday 9th September: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Sakari Oramo This Lot has now been sold! Thank you for all your bids.   LOT TWO – An exclusive Grand Tier Box for 10 for Prom 71 Wednesday […]

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Terms and Conditions for Royal Albert Hall Auction

  • July 14, 2017

  • Tabitha

  • News

BBC Proms Auctions Terms and Conditions Before bidding in our auction for City Music Foundation (CMF), you should read this. These terms and conditions set out the rules by which the auction is run.   By placing a bid, you acknowledge that you agree to CMF’s Terms and Conditions: In addition to reading the Terms […]

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City Music Foundation Summer Residency at the Wallace Collection

City Music Foundation Summer Residency at the Wallace Collection Following last year’s successful residency at the Wallace Collection, our annual Summer Residency returns in the week of 24th July, as we present 5 more CMF Artists in a series of lunchtime performances. Held in the stunning Great Gallery in the Wallace Collection, each concert commences […]

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CMF-commissioned composition wins British Composer Award

  • December 7, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

On Tuesday 6th December at the annual BASCA British Composer Awards (sponsored by PRS for Music and in partnership with BBC Radio 3), hosted at the BFI Southbank, Oliver Christophe Leith was the winner of the ‘small chamber’ category for his work, A Day at the Spa.  Leith was one of two compositions commissioned for […]

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CMF Welcomes new Artists and Mentors at BNY Mellon

  • November 30, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

Last Monday CMF’s Business Mentoring partners BNY Mellon hosted us for a welcoming event to meet the new 2016 CMF Artists and mentors. The spectacular views from the BNY Mellon office were the perfect backdrop for the event which began with a professional development workshop on key aspects of a professional musicians life including networking, the […]

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Exciting Times for our Jazz Artists!

  • November 10, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

The month of November has some very exciting things in store for our jazz CMF Artists! They have an EP launc and the recording of a new album and lots of gigs at the EFG London Jazz Festival. New 2016 CMF Artists Nérija will be launching their new EP, funded by their Kickstarter campaign. They recorded it […]

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New 2016 CMF Artists Announced!

  • October 24, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

We have officially announced the new 2016 CMF Artists! After a rigorous audition process in which the artists had to submit a paper application then audition in person with a performance and an interview, we chose our new CMF 2016 Artists and we are excited to introduce the following artists! We have been featured in […]

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Y-Squared Video Launch

  • October 19, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

Last week CMF Artists Y-Squared launched two new music videos produced and commissioned by CMF. The videos themselves were directed by fellow CMF Artist and member of the Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet, Ian Dingle. We filmed the videos earlier in the year in a very chilly Asylum Chapel in Peckham, you can take a look at […]

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Our First Professional Development Workshop for 2016 Artists

  • October 12, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

  That’s right, we at CMF put on our first professional development workshops for the new 2016 CMF Artists on Tuesday 4th October! CMF is committed to providing professional musicians in the UK in the early stages of their careers with expert advice, guidance and support to help them to build successful careers in music. We don’t […]

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Behind the scenes at Miriam Nerval’s video shoot

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CMF Artists’ Intense and Energising Messiaen Performance

  • October 3, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

Last night four CMF Artists produced an electrifying performance of Olivier Messiaen’s devastating Quatuor pour la fin du temps, ‘Quartet for the End of Time‘ at Clapham Omnibus. The quartet featured clarinetist Joseph Shiner, Michael Foyle and Maksim Štšura of the violin and piano duo the Foyle-Štšura Duo and cellist Yelian He of Y-Squared. The performance was reviewed by […]

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Dinara Klinton LIVE on Classic FM

  • September 22, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

CMF Artist and pianist Dinara Klinton was live on Classic FM’s Facebook page. An innovative and relatively new Facebook platform, Facebook Live allows you to live stream anything you like. The video was taken as she rehearsed for her concert later that evening and has received over 24,000 views! During the video you can see […]

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CMF presents three CMF Artists at Oxford Lieder Festival

  • September 12, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

The Oxford Lieder Festival is an annual festival presenting more than 35 concerts and dozens of other events celebrating the unique art form of song. It is a leading festival and the biggest of its kind in the UK attracting many of the world’s greatest artists. A big part of the festival, Oxford Lieder has a long […]

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Andrey Lebedev Shines in Music Video Shoot

  • August 25, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

As part of the City Music Foundation Artist Scheme, CMF Artists are able to have a music video shot and produced by CMF. You can see our other artist videos on our YouTube channel including Eusebio Sanchez and see the Foyle-Štšura Duo play Lutoslawski, Brahms and a promo video for them. The next artist to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity is Andrey […]

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City Music Foundation Showcase

  • August 16, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

Two of City Music Foundation’s artists, Samson Tsoy and Andrey Lebedev will take part in a showcase for City Music Foundation presented by Rhinegold LIVE. This showcase is a first of its kind of City Music Foundation and a way to, not only exhibit the talent of the CMF artists, but also to watch, and experience first-hand […]

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Dinara wins third prize at Cleveland International Piano Competition

  • August 8, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

CMF Artist and pianist Dinara Klinton stormed in to third place at this weekend’s final of the Cleveland International Piano Competition after performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, winning a cash prize of $15,000. You can see a picture of her performance below. In earlier rounds she performed […]

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CMF 2016 Artists

  • August 4, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

Each year, City Music Foundation opens their applications to find the next lot of City Music Foundation Artists. This year, with more applications than ever, we had a lot of work on our hands whittling them down to a more manageable 25 or so to audition in person. With the finalists selected, the judges on their […]

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City Music Foundation Launches First Music Residency!

  • July 25, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

City Music Foundation joins The Wallace Collection to invite 5 CMF Artists and ensembles to perform an eclectic programme of lunchtime concerts in the glorious surroundings of the Great Gallery in the Wallace Collection. As part of the Artistic Mentoring Programme CMF, particularly the Artist Manager, work to expand CMF Artists’ horizons; booking concerts, recording CDs, […]

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WIN! Box for 10 at Royal Albert Hall

  • July 14, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

          City Music Foundation, along with the Royal Albert Hall, are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a box for 10 people to see a completely sold-out BBC Proms concert on 6th September! Full information here. BBC Proms programme notes describe the concert as “Bruckner, but not as we know […]

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CMF Artists perform Quartet for the End of Time at Deal Festival

  • July 8, 2016

  • Tabitha

  • News

Last night CMF Artists Joseph Shiner, Yelian He and the Foyle-Stsura Duo performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Deal Festival. This morning we stumbled across these lovely photos from Music Director, Paul Max Edlin, who described the performance as ‘deeply special’ and ‘astonishingly good playing’   You can find out more about […]

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