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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 Records say the album is ‘enchanting’ and ‘entrancing’. You can read both reviews in full here and here and you can buy the album online from the band’s website:

February also saw them perform as part of the Daylight Music Series at the iconic Union Chapel:

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Union Chapel Photo: Francis Gallagher

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 throughout the evening with performances from British folk group Tir Eolas during the reception; followed by Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet, pianist Cordelia Williams, violin and piano duo Foyle-Štšura and finished with a spectacular finale performance from Giacomo Smith, Pedro Segundo & The Kansas Smitty’s jazz band.

A highly successful raffle and auction were made possible by many generous donors with prizes including use of a Grand Tier box at the Royal Albert Hall; tickets to see Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican; tickets to Grange Park Opera; a visit to Court Jewellers Wartski with lunch at the Garrick Club; tickets to the cast a crew screening of the Lady in the Van; a dining experience at Coutts, and private “behind the scenes” tours of Classic FM, the V&A, the Mansion House (including tea with the Lady Mayoress) and London’s sewers! The top prize of the night was a trip to Hamburg to the Steinway factory which raised £3000!

In total the event raised over £20,000 for City Music Foundation’s Artists.

To view the full album please click here

City Music Foundation would like to thank:

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Everyone who contributed to our silent auction and raffle


All who attended and made it such a successful evening!


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 awarded to a young Mexican artist. This is an extension of its established Artist Programme for UK based graduates and is part of the UK Mexico Year of Culture.

The selection process is underway with the grand final on 24th April 2015 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. For the inaugural year there will be one scholarship and it is expected that the programme will grow in subsequent years. The first period in London will be September – October 2015 followed by another visit June – July 2016. We are particularly looking forward to our Mexican concert as part of the Rhyme & Reason concert series on 14th October.

The international scholarship holders will benefit from CMF’s core professional development programme with workshops together with other CMF Artists. They will also be assigned artistic and business mentors chosen to offer the right support to each artist, and concert formats and venues will also be specially chosen to benefit the profile of the scholarship holders. Back in Mexico, the scholarship holder will be part of an outreach programme, using his or her new skills to benefit young musicians at home.

As well as offering the musicians involved an unparalleled opportunity to further their careers, the programme promotes and showcases cultural exchange between Mexico and the UK and as such is already gaining attention from a variety of foundations, corporations and potential sponsors and partners.

The programme is funded by the Anglo Mexican Foundation and the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA). Further sponsors are being sought to ensure its expansion in future years.


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 soloist, it depends on the demands of the programme. I’m very fortunate to have worked with a number of amazing harpsichord, cello, theorbo and harp players who I love working with on different things. As a chamber musician I play with Palisander recorder quartet and Woodwork.
What has been a performance highlight in your career so far?  
Woodwork spent 10 days playing at the Tel Aviv International Early Music Seminar in 2012 which was pretty special. We played concerts all over Israel at amazing historical venues.
Also the Milton Court Showcase we did with the City Music Foundation, it is an amazing space to play recorder in!
What is coming up in the diary that you are most looking forward to?  
Brandenburg 4 with the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, on April 14th.
Do you have a favourite performer? What type of concerts/gigs do you regularly attend?  
I don’t think I could narrow it down to one individual, I have lots of favourite things about different performers. I enjoy going to watch all kinds of live music. I go to see as much early music as I can, but I take inspiration from a huge variety of performers. I went to see d’angelo last month and his presence and energy was incredibly inspiring.
You’re also an educator, how important is this role within your work?  
Hugely. I love teaching, and I think the rise in recorder specialists teaching in schools is definitely having a positive effect on the instruments profile and our audience bases. I feel I was so fortunate to learn with my teacher at the Guildhall School, now I want to pass that knowledge on.
How did you find out about CMF and why did you decide to apply?    
I found out about CMF when the Guildhall School told me they were nominating me. I wanted to apply as it sounded like a great opportunity for guidance into professional life.
What has CMF done for you since being a CMF artist?  
CMF have introduced me to so many different people in the industry, and encouraged me to ask questions and advice from them all.
Some of the platforms they have given me have directly resulted in incredible opportunities, such as appearing in BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Star feature, and my upcoming performance with the English Chamber Orchestra.
What are your hopes for the future?  
To continue being able to play the recorder everyday.
Finally, your 3 desert island discs?  
Il Giardino Armonico- Viaggio Musicale
Maurice Steger- An Italian Ground
Jeff Buckley- Grace

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