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CITY BEERFEST RETURNS!

  • July 4, 2016

  • Tabitha

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WEDNESDAY 6th JULY GUILDHALL YARD, EC2V 5AE City Beerfest, now in it’s fourth year, is back for another round! This Wednesday 6th July, it’s returning to Guildhall Yard to raise money for City Music Foundation and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. In partnership with the Worshipful Company of Brewers, 15 of Britain’s best-loved breweries will be serving […]

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ALBUM LAUNCH! Eusebio Sanchez ‘XILITLA’

  • June 27, 2016

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CMF International Artist Eusebio Sanchez launches his debut album tomorrow at The Forge, Camden. ‘Xilitla’ is inspired by the Mexican area of Las Pozas, a subtropical ‘Garden of Eden’ designed by English artist Edward James. The album has been curated to merge the musical worlds of Mexico and UK through new and existing works for […]

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CMF Artist Joseph Shiner celebrates Roald Dahl

  • May 25, 2016

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CMF Artist and clarinettist, Joseph Shiner with his Magnard Ensemble present Paul Patterson’s Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music in Roald Dahl’s centenary year. As a CMF Artist, Joseph is able to complete a specific project of his choosing with the support of CMF. The result of this endeavour has been Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music. […]

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Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet and their Debut Album

  • May 23, 2016

  • Tabitha

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  The Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet were chosen as CMF Artists in 2014 and have since taken great steps to progress together as professionals in the difficult world that is the music industry. As part of the CMF Business Mentoring Programme KSQ have attended numerous workshops with leading figures within the City of London. Topics discussed […]

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Music, ho! CMF celebrates Shakespeare

  • April 25, 2016

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On Friday 15th April 2016, we at City Music Foundation celebrated William Shakespeare’s death in our own unique way, by holding a Shakespeare Cocktail Concert at the Guildhall Art Gallery. Three of our patrons, internationally renowned artists; Simon Callow, Joan Rodgers CBE and Roger Vignoles, were joined on stage by CMF Artist and soprano Raphaela […]

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Dinara Klinton appears on BBC In Tune

  • March 24, 2016

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Dinara Klinton performs on InTune Tabitha McGrath, Artist Manager Being an Artist Manager to such exciting artists such as CMF’s come with its perks – Dinara Klinton’s appearance on BBC Radio 3’s InTune programme on Tuesday proved to be exactly one of these. At CMF, we’ve been working with Rebecca Driver Media Relations for a […]

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Flautist Emma Halnan wins prestigious Arts Club-Karl Jenkins Award

  • March 21, 2016

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CMF Artist and flautist Emma Halnan has won the Arts Club-Karl Jenkins Music Award, a classical music competition in collaboration with Classic FM. Emma performed a repertoire by all female composers including Kokopeli by Katherine Hoover and Concertino by Cécile Chaminade. As the winner, Emma has the chance to record the winning performance as well as a work composed especially […]

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Y-Squared transform London’s Asylum Chapel

  • March 9, 2016

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Y-Squared, with the help of the CMF production team, transform the stunning Asylum Chapel into an atmospheric burlesque club for the filming of Nikolai Kapustin’s ‘Burlesque’. The Chapel was given a makeover complete with red-tinted lighting and a custom red neon sign for Yasmin and Yelian of Y-Squared’s performance. They were true professionals as they braved the […]

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Michael Foyle wins first prize in the Netherlands!

  • February 11, 2016

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CMF Artist and violinist of the Foyle-Stsura Duo, Michael Foyle has won the first prize in the Netherlands Violin Competition 2016. In the final he performed the Szymanowski Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and conductor, Rafael Payare. The prize has already seen Michael perform with Maksim Stsura in a lunchtime concert at the prestigious Het […]

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Rave Reviews for Alastair Penman’s Electric Dawn

  • January 15, 2016

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Alastair Penman’s Electric Dawn has received wonderful reviews from musical magazines and blogs.   “Alastair Penman created surpassingly beautiful music… The record is excellent…Each piece had a perfection of its own and the combination of sax and electronics never sounded cluttered but pure and diamond-sharp, tonally burnished and singing free on both instruments…Thanks to RNCM […]

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Samson Tsoy wins first prize in Spain!

Pianist and 2014 Artist Samson Tsoy has taken first prize in the 9th Campillos International Piano Competition, hosted in Malaga, Spain. The jury consisted of pianists from across Europe and US, and was chaired by D. Juan Lago.  Tsoy succeeded 50 finalists to claim the prize, which is a cash award and a number of […]

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Samson Tsoy wins first prize in Spain!

Pianist and 2014 Artist Samson Tsoy has taken first prize in the 9th Campillos International Piano Competition, hosted in Malaga, Spain. The jury consisted of pianists from across Europe and US, and was chaired by D. Juan Lago.  Tsoy succeeded 50 finalists to claim the prize, which is a cash award and a number of […]

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CMF Artists named in Telegraph’s Best Jazz Albums of 2015

  • November 13, 2015

  • Tabitha

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__ CMF Artists Misha Mullov-Abbado (Double Bass, 2014) and the Kansas Smittys, led by Giacomo Smith (Clarinet, 2014) have both been listed in the Telegraph’s Best Jazz Albums of 2015.   Mullov-Abbado’s debut album, New Ansonia, was released in September on Edition Records, and is currently touring the album with his quintet. His next performance […]

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Spotlight on Mikhail Nemtsov

  • August 14, 2015

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Ahead of Mikhail Nemtstov’s concert and album launch on the 9th September, we learn a little more about him here:   Describe yourself in 3 words: Honest Russian musician — Who do you usually perform with? My sister pianist Elena Nemtsova — What has been a performance highlight in your career so far? Evening recital […]

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Misha Mullov Abbado launches debut album

  • August 13, 2015

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New Ansonia is the debut album from bassist and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado. Son of the late, great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova, British-born Mullov-Abbado grew up in a powerfully musical environment, a unique upbringing that has inspired Misha to create his own musical identity and tell his own compelling story. This, his […]

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Over £20,000 raised at City Beerfest!

  • July 15, 2015

  • Tabitha

  • News

Some early rain and a tube strike couldn’t dampen the spirits of the thousands that came to the third City Beerfest on 8th July! They were rewarded with a huge range of beers and a fantastic musical programme in the beautiful setting of the historic Guildhall Yard. The event was officially opened by the Lord […]

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Solo Segundo launch

  • July 7, 2015

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Pedro Segundo is one of the most in-demand percussionists and drummers on the international circuit. 2015 sees the launch of his first solo project: Solo Segundo. A challenging, surprising and unique performance of the highest standard, Solo Segundo invites you to be enthralled by 75minutes of live, uninhibited solo drums and percussion.  Think Stomp, with […]

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Cordelia Williams releases second album

  • July 7, 2015

  • Tabitha

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This new recording by pianist Cordelia Williams (Piano Winner of BBC Young Musician 2006) is a unique combination of three of Schumann’s finest works for the instrument: the Davidsbündlertänze Books I and II, Fantasie and the Geistervariationen. The Davidsbündlertänze is a set of 18 pieces for solo piano, featuring characters who did not really exist, except in Schumann’s musical imagination. They initially appeared as […]

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Jazz in the Churchyard!

  • July 7, 2015

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A wonderful evening was had by all at our Jazz in the Churchyard concert on the 16th June, organised in collaboration with St Mary-le-Bow Church. Giacomo Smith, Pedro Segundo and the rest of the Kansas Smitty’s Big Four treated an enthusiastic crowd to jazz standards and original compositions. Huge thank you to Aberdeen Asset Management for sponsoring the event!   […]

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Samson Tsoy reaches semi finals of Honens Piano Competition

  • June 26, 2015

  • Tabitha

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CMF Artist Samson Tsoy is one of ten semi-finalists in the renowned Honens Piano Competion. To reach this stage is already an incredible achievement and Samson will travel to Calgary in September to compete for the largest prize of its kind: $100,000 CAN and an artist development programme valued at a half million dollars. Read more about […]

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Spotlight on Mari Poll

  • June 8, 2015

  • Tabitha

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Ahead of Mari Poll‘s concert on the 17th June, we find out a little more about her:   Describe yourself in 3 words:   Friendly, open minded, driven — Who do you usually perform with?   I usually perform duo with my pianist brother Mihkel Poll or British pianist Jennifer Hughes — What has been a […]

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Jazz in the Churchyard, 16th June

  • June 4, 2015

  • Tabitha

  • News

After the success of last year’s Opera in the Churchyard, St Mary-le-Bow and City Music Foundation are once again organising an evening of music in Bow Churchyard on Tuesday 16th June at 6.00pm. We are very grateful to Aberdeen Asset Management for once again making this event possible. Performing are CMF Artists Giacomo Smith, Pedro […]

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Spotlight on Joseph Shiner

  • May 6, 2015

  • Tabitha

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This month, we’re getting to know clarinettist Joseph Shiner who will be giving a recital as part of CMF’s Rhyme & Reason Concert Series on Wednesday 13th May.   Describe yourself in 3 words:   I left this question until last, but then it occurred to me I’d already answered it on my Twitter handle: […]

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Y-squared on tour in Australia!

  • May 5, 2015

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May 2015 sees cellist (and one half of y-squared) Yelian He make his debut with the prestigious Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto under violin/director Andrew Haveron. Then in June, y-squared will perform a number of smaller recitals around Australia, including Woodend Winter Arts Festival, with more dates to be revealed. To keep […]

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Kansas Smitty’s Bar opens in May!

  • May 5, 2015

  • Tabitha

  • News

Kansas Smitty’s Bar opens May 21st at 63-65 Broadway Market Kansas Smitty’s has become a name synonymous with good music, good drinks and real people. On May 21st, Kansas Smitty’s Bar opens its doors in an intimate basement club on Broadway Market. You’ll hear the sounds of New York, New Orleans, Paris, and Havana in […]

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UK Mexico CMF Scholarship Programme announces artist

  • April 27, 2015

  • Tabitha

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City Music Foundation and AngloArts (in conjunction with the Conaculta, Mexico) are delighted to announce Eusebio Sanchez as the first musician to take part in the innovative UK Mexico CMF Scholarship Programme, commencing September 2015. In a public concert on 24 April at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, marimba player Sanchez was selected from a […]

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Cordelia and Miriam in the press

  • April 2, 2015

  • Tabitha

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This week has seen two of our 2013 Artists on front pages of some of the biggest names in Classical press.  To celebrate her year-long festival, Messiaen 2015, Cordelia spoke with Classical-Music (the official website of the BBC Music Magazine) about her relationship with Messiaen, how she devised the project and what makes the music […]

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Messiaen at King’s College London

  • April 1, 2015

  • Tabitha

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‘Messiaen’s world and the Vingt Regards’: study day at King’s College London We are delighted to announce that the next event in Cordelia Williams’ festival Between Heaven & the Clouds: Messiaen 2015 will take place on Tuesday 28th April at King’s College London. Registration is now open for this fascinating study day (free to attend), […]

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Michael Foyle in Russia

  • April 1, 2015

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In February, Michael Foyle (one half of the Foyle-Stsura Duo) visited Russia to perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto under conductor Vasily Valitov. He returns in April and tells us below:  — “It has been immensely rewarding to visit Russia for the first time, for two performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto. Both events have been in […]

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Misha Mullov-Abbado Recording Session

  • April 1, 2015

  • Tabitha

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Misha Mullov-Abbado recorded his debut album in March at Giant Wafer Studios, with the eminent Julian Joseph producing the tracks and featuring Misha’s full band (with some extras too!). The album is set for release through Editions Records in autumn 2015, and will be followed by a national tour.  See below some pictures from the […]

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Spotlight on Bridie Jackson and the Arbour

  • April 1, 2015

  • Tabitha

  • News

Our interview this month is with Bridie Jackson and the Arbour ahead of their performance as part of CMF’s Rhyme & Reason concert series on Wednesday 8th April. — What has been a performance highlight in your career so far? We had an absolutely amazing time performing at Glastonbury 2013, so that’s a highlight for all of us. […]

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Behind the scenes at Miriam Nerval’s video shoot

  • March 11, 2015

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Rave reviews for Tir Eolas’ debut album

  • March 5, 2015

  • Tabitha

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Following their album launch as part of the CMF Rhyme Reason Concert Series, Tir Eolas have received rave reviews for their debut album Stories Sung, Truths Told.  Fatea Records say that Stories Sung, Truths Told  “sounds like anything but a debut offering” with  “the band’s accomplishments are legion and the playing thoughtful and wholly confident” while Folk […]

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Rhyme & Reason gala dinner, Tuesday 24th February 2015

  • March 4, 2015

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Last week, the Banking Hall provided a magnificent backdrop for a black-tie gala dinner to celebrate City Music Foundation’s talented young musicians. The evening was entitled “Rhyme and Reason” and was hosted by City Music Foundation Chairman Sir Roger Gifford and Master of Ceremonies (and CMF patron) Sir Richard Stilgoe The musical theme was evident […]

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UK Mexico CMF Scholarship Programme

  • March 4, 2015

  • Tabitha

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UK Mexico CMF Scholarship Programme On 4th March at the Guildhall Banquet as part of the State Visit of to the UK, The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of London and the President of Mexico Señor Enrique Peña Nieto together announced CMF’s first international scholarship which, in collaboration with the Anglo-Mexican Foundation and the Mexican National Fund for Culture, will shortly be […]

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Spotlight on Miriam Nerval

  • March 4, 2015

  • Tabitha

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Recorder player Miriam Nerval will perform on the 11th March as part of the CMF Rhyme and Reason concert series, here she talks to us about d’angelo, BBC Music Magazine and of course, the recorder. Describe yourself  in 3 words:   Emotional, curious and recorderlicious! — Who do you usually perform with?   As a […]

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Spotlight on Tir Eolas

  • February 3, 2015

  • Tabitha

  • News

Our interview this month is with eclectic alternative-folk group Tir Eolas ahead of their album launch concert in CMF’s Rhyme & Reason concert series on Wednesday 11th February. What has been a performance highlight in your career so far?  I’d have to say either playing at the Albert Hall for the Tri Borough Primary Prom – entering the […]

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Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet tour Scotland

  • January 9, 2015

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  • News

In conjunction with the Tunnell Trust, Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet will tour Scotland from January 12th to January 18th and will perform at the following places: 12th – Perth Chamber Music Society 13th – Inverness Chamber Music Festival 14th – Skye Chamber Music 15th – Lochalsh Arts Network 16th – Lochalber Music for All 17th – […]

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CMF Artists feature in Park Lane Group’s Young Artist Series

  • January 9, 2015

  • Tabitha

  • News

Classical Music in 2015 kicked off with the prestigious Park Lane Group’s Young Artist Series held at the Southbank’s Purcell Room from the 5th to the 9th of January. CMF Artists Foyle-Stsura Duo, Kaleidoscope Quartet and Alastair Penman (with his ensemble, the Borealis Saxophone Quartet) all featured as part of  the series and performed works by […]

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ISM’s Make Music Work

  • January 8, 2015

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  CMF are proud to be a partner in ISM’s inaugural Make Music Work event. — Make Music Work event – 31 March 2015 Tickets: £25 or £15 for students Guildhall School, Milton Court, London Book your place for Make Music Work, a one-day event which aims to empower performers and composers and arm them […]

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Introducing Alastair Penman

  • January 8, 2015

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Our interview this month is with saxophonist Alastair Penman ahead of his concert in CMF’s Rhyme & Reason concert series on Wednesday 15th January.   Describe yourself (musically, or otherwise, whichever you’re most comfortable with) in 3 words: Massive sax geek Who do you usually perform with? For recitals, I usually perform alone with a […]

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Tir Eolas feature on BBC Radio 3’s InTune

  • January 8, 2015

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This Friday 9th January Tir Eolas will be a guest on BBC Radio 3’s InTune with Suzy Klein. They will be performing a number of tracks from their new album, Stories Sung, Truths Told, as well as all five being interviewed live. This comes ahead of their performance at Clapham Omnibus on January 11th and their album launch on February 11th! […]

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Introducing Cordelia Williams

  • December 3, 2014

  • Tabitha

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The next in our monthly interviews with CMF Artists is with pianist Cordelia Williams…   Describe yourself (musically, or otherwise, whichever you’re most comfortable with) in 3 words: According to the friend who knows me best: vivacious, thoughtful, intense. I’d say emotional, curious, determined (I know that’s six) Who do you usually perform with? Usually […]

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CMF in Classical Music Magazine

  • December 3, 2014

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  We’re delighted to be featured in this month’s Classical Music Magazine.             Antonia Couling’s article entitled ‘Helping Hands’, speaks of how the City Music Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation help young creatives achieve the success they deserve. Read all about it here

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CMF Artist Concerts – week of 1st December

  • December 1, 2014

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Thursday 4th December Cordelia Williams’ Messiaen 2015 Launch Event at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London — Friday 5th December Giacomo Smith and the Kansas Smittys at the Dead Dolls Club, Bethnal Green   

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CMF Artist Concerts – week of 24th November

  • November 24, 2014

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Monday 24th Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet perform at Wigmore Hall<> — Tuesday 25th Dinara Klinton at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre<> – this a free event and I can get guestlist VIP tickets if wanted. — Sunday 30th Misha Mullov-Abbado at Clapham Omnibus

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Bridie Jackson and the Arbour perform exciting collaboration with Streetwise Opera

  • November 18, 2014

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Streetwise Opera’s new Little Opera Season features a new opera created with CMF Artists Bridie Jackson and The Arbour Bridie Jackson and the Arbour are involved in a collaborative project with Streetwise Opera, the award-winning charity that uses music and opera to help homeless people move forward in their lives. The River Keeper is the first […]

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CMF Artists give interviews as Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians

  • November 18, 2014

  • Tabitha

  • News

City Music Foundation’s Artists have all enjoyed a considerable amount of success before being accepted onto our programme. They have won a range of renowned prizes, performed all over the world, and many were nominated by prestigious institutions for the CMF scheme. We are delighted that CMF Artists Mikhail Nemtsov, Joseph Shiner and Samson Tsoy have […]

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CMF Artists Concert – week of 17th November

  • November 17, 2014

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  • News

Tuesday 18th November Joseph Shiner at Boston Music Centre Misha Mullov-Abbado as part of new project, Patchwork Jazz Orchestra at the Forge  Mikhail Nemtsov – recital in Chawton House, Winchester — Wednesday 19th November Misha Mullov-Abbado Quintet at The Green Note  — Friday 21st November Kansas Smittys at The Arch, Cambridge Heath Kansas Smittys at Ronnie Scotts Late Late show — […]

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Introducing Giacomo Smith

  • November 4, 2014

  • Tabitha

  • News

The first of our monthly interviews with CMF Artists is with jazz clarinettist Giacomo Smith…   Describe yourself (musically, or otherwise, whichever you’re most comfortable with) in 3 words: social, inquisitive, hungry (seriously, like 6 meals a day) You’re originally from the US, what made you come to the UK? I moved to the UK […]

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