Events curated and promoted by City Music Foundation.
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: www.tireolas.co.uk
February also saw them perform as part of the Daylight Music Series at the iconic Union Chapel:
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:
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.
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