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Cordelia Williams will make her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra this December. Performing in two concerts – London’s Barbican Centre on 29th December and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on 30th – Cordelia will perform Beethoven’s glorious 5th Piano Concerto.

Conducted by Christopher Warren-Green, the concert also features Beethoven’s epic 9th Symphony in the 2nd half.

Tickets can be purchased through the Barbican and Symphony Hall websites:

More than 3000 City workers, visitors and beer enthusiasts packed out the beautiful and historic Guildhall Yard in the heart of the City on Thursday 3rd July for the hugely successful City Beerfest 2014. This event was organised by City Music Foundation in partnership with Worshipful Company of Brewers and City of London Festival.

Thirteen breweries offered a wide range of beers and food was provided by Bread Street Kitchen, Little Jack Horner’s, and Piper’s Crisps. The musical programme was organised by the City of London Festival and featured the Ragged Out String Band, CMF Artists Tir Eolas, Ramshackle Union Band, and Police Dog Hogan. Tasting notes and general information, also on the sponsors, were provided in the programme booklet and raffle prizes included a night for two at a London Hotel, a private wine tasting, a simulator at City Golf for 40 people, tickets to ZSL ‘Zoo Lates’, brewery tours, concert tickets, a hamper, flowers, beer, CDs and more.

A dray horse carriage travelled around the City during the lunch period drawing attention to the event and, as the work day ended, the bells of St Lawrence Jewry rang out, drawing even more people to the Fest.

With thanks to our sponsors Shepherd and Wedderburn, Daniel Watney, Myers Clark and Hempsons; to the City of London Festival and the Worshipful Company of Brewers, and to the thousands of people who came along on the day and made this such a success.

We are already looking forward to City Beerfest 2015 – watch this space….!

More photos here.


CMF Patron Simon Callow will join CMF Artist Miriam Nerval (recorders) and the Recorder of London HH Judge Brian Barker, QC at a special reception at the Old Bailey on 10th July.

CMF is bringing together the Recorders of London, both legal and musical, in an evening of music and words spanning centuries. Miriam Nerval (recorders) will take us on a historical journey of the instrument from Dowland, Purcell and Sammartini through to the 20th Century Stravinsky in the intimate and beautiful setting of the Musicians’ Church (St Sepulchre without Newgate). This will be paired with the fascinating history of the Recorder of London, as told by the current Recorder HH Judge Brian Barker QC, and its relationship within the Old Bailey. The concert will be followed by a drinks and canape reception in the Grand Hall of the Old Bailey. Guided tours of Court One will be available and an encore will be performed under the dome of the Grand Hall.

In Simon Callow’s own words:

When last year’s Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Roger and Clare Gifford, asked me become a Patron of their new charity, the City Music Foundation, I said yes straight away – not only because of the ancient association of the City with music, but because it looks so keenly to the future. Its raison d’être is to help young musicians at that critical difficult early point in their careers, right at the beginning, after their training, when they attempt to launch themselves into the world. The Foundation nurtures, encourages, and supports them at a vulnerable moment in their lives. I know very well what that feels like – young actors face exactly the same problems; sometimes really gifted, exceptional artists fall by the wayside. The CMF exists to make sure that that doesn’t happen. Countless talented musicians will owe their subsequent success to it; what a fantastic contribution. I am very proud to be associated with it.



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CMF Artists Mari Poll and Mikhail Nemtsov gave fantastic performances live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune yesterday afternoon as well as chatting about City Music Foundation and their upcoming concert as part of the City of London Festival.

Listen again to the second movement of Brahms’ third violin sonata, the fourth movement of Brahms’ Cello Sonata number 2, and the first movement of his great Piano Trio in C minor.

And if you want to hear these works in full, then come along to the Mercers’ Hall TONIGHT 2nd July to hear them live!

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