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This weekend (Saturday 30th April) George Fu plays a leading role in the Southbank Centre’s study day of Oliver Knussen, alongside a wide variety of composers influenced by his work, the likes of Mark-Anthony Turnage, Julian Anderson, Freya Waley-Cohen and Colin Matthews, and many more. 

George will play Knussen’s work for solo piano ‘Ophelia’s last dance’ as part of this session exploring the composition and teaching of one of Britain’s finest composers, hosted by his daughter Sonya Knussen and the Southbank Centre’s Director of Music, Gillian Moore. 

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Recent winners of the Royal Overseas League String Ensemble Prize, the Echéa Quartet is City Music Foundation’s first recital after Easter in the spacious, light venue of St Martin in the Fields. The group have chosen two works to present to their audience: Haydn’s stormy F minor quartet Op. 20 and Mendelssohn’s sunny E flat major quartet Op. 44.  TICKETS HERE!

Keep an eye out for further recitals on Friday lunchtime in our most recent partnership, with Olivia Boen, George Fu and Victor Lim all set to appear there as Spring moves towards Summer.  

This concert is part of a new partnership between City Music Foundation and St Martin-in-the-Fields where a number of CMF Artists will be performing as part of the SMITF Friday lunchtime concert series throughout 2022. 

We’re exceptionally pleased to learn that 2019 Artist Guitarist Giacomo Susani has been awarded the 2022 Respighi Prize in Composition, an illustrious competition that has featured winners from around the world. Alongside the prestige and recognition of the award, Giacomo will also be given the platform to perform his own Guitar Concerto in one of the planet’s most impressive concert venues, Carnegie Hall. 

This is a truly spectacular achievement and will see Giacomo travel to the US for further concertos and recordings. Many congratulations from us all at CMF! More information about the prize can be found if you click here.

Our 2021 jazz saxophonist, Helena Kay, is busy preparing with her band KIM Trio for the recording of her second album, Golden Sands. The album is inspired by Helena’s time in New York where she studied with some of the city’s jazz greats, and features her own compositions written whilst living in the city. 
Your support will be vital in helping Helena and City Music Foundation bring her vision to life. Follow the link to read more about the project and how you can support by donating towards the costs of the recording: https://www.helenakay.com/crowdfunding/

After our hiatus last month at Barts, we’re back to our usual routine of phenomenal, free lunchtime recitals! 2021 Soprano Olivia Boen is joined by pianist Ian Tindale for a journey through Schubert, Berg, Satie, Poulenc and Weill.  

Olivia’s programme is called ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’, taken from Sally Rooney’s novel and in keeping with our 2022 ‘Piece of Mind’ series, interweaves the musical choices with words 13th-century Persian love poet Rumi and 18th century German playwright Friedrich von Schiller. Featuring both song and opera in a range of languages, German, French and English, this promises to be a brilliant occasion.  

Join us on Wednesday 20th April at 1pm in the Great Hall. Tickets are free but a donation of £10 per person is suggested.

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The Ludlow English Song Weekend begins today in one of the country’s most picturesque market towns. The festival’s Artistic Director, Iain Burnside is one of City Music Foundation’s patrons, and he joins several established stars of the song world in recital, such as Benjamin Appl and Nicky Spence.  

We’re delighted to see two CMF Alumni performing – viola player Rosalind Ventris and flautist Emma Halnan.  

The weekend also features panel talks, choral concerts and young artist masterclasses, making for an extremely packed three days of musical activity. 

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Victor Lim performed his programme ‘About Time’ in the Great Hall at Barts Heritage on Wednesday 23rd February 2022. Watch the whole concert again below!

Raphaela Papadakis

Soprano

Joseph Shiner

Clarinet

Giacomo Susani

Guitar

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