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Ahead of his performance with the English Chamber Orchestra next week, we caught up with violinist and CMF Alumnus Michael Foyle to talk about Prokofiev, dreaming and Mexico!


Tell us something you’ve learned about Prokofiev whilst preparing to perform his 1st Violin Concerto?
It is a great time to look into Prokofiev’s life as his diaries have just been published for the first time in English. They are wonderfully evocative, and real page-turners – he said himself that if he hadn’t composed music for a living, he would have used words instead – and they display the wit, fantasy and sarcasm that permeate all of his music. But they also show his gift for the lyrical and poetic that make their mark so compellingly in the First Violin Concerto. I suppose something I have learned from this reading is the extent of Prokofiev’s flair for theatrics. It comes across all the time in the diaries – he can make a mundane meeting with a publisher sound like a choreography for the Ballets russes!- and while playing his music I now see that this element of theatre is underlying even the most sensitive and intimate passages, as well as the exuberant and grotesque.

Prokofiev was famously a pianist-composer – does he write well for the violin?
Prokofiev’s compositions for violin contain some of the most idiomatic, and equally some of the most awkward, writing for the instrument of any composer – sometimes within one page! The Second Concerto is more muscular, rhythmic and more instantly accessible which is perhaps why it gets played more. But I find the First Concerto even more special; for me Prokofiev is one of the last strikingly original melodists, and he explores the lyrical nature of the instrument in the outer movements in a deeply personal way. Then the fiery and virtuosic extended techniques in the middle “Scherzo” make for one of the most dangerously thrilling movements of any Violin Concerto.

What are you most looking forward to about this concert?
Particularly enjoyable to explore in this Concerto is the sognando (dreaming) quality he asks for, even right at the opening – I’d love to find a really magical sound, so that even in a beautiful space like Cadogan Hall, an audience member might experience these incredibly tender and hushed phrases as if they are being played only for them.

How did you come to play the violin?
I started at the age of four and so don’t remember a time when I wasn’t playing! I was fascinated by a lot of subjects growing up but ultimately went on to study at Royal Academy of Music and Vienna Konservatorium. There is something about the sound of the violin to which I am so deeply connected that I can’t imagine life without it – the possibilities of repertoire, concert settings, and even the tonal inflections of a single note, are endlessly fascinating and rewarding.

What has been a recent highlight for you in your career?
Korngold wrote a Concerto that is suffused with lyricism in a different way – its opulent harmonies and luscious orchestration made it a tremendous pleasure to perform with two great orchestras this season- the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic.

What are you looking forward to in the coming season?
2018-19 season sees the release of two CDs with my Duo pianist and fellow CMF Artist, Maksim Stsura. A World War One centenary disc for Challenge Records, featuring the Sonatas of Debussy, Respighi and Janacek and a new commission by Kenneth Hesketh, will be released on Armistice Day, 11 November 2018, while February 2019 sees us release the complete duo works of Lutoslawski and Penderecki for Delphian Records. Both releases will be marked with recitals around the UK so please do come along!

Michael performs with his duo partner Maksim Stsura in Mexico as part of their tour.

At our St Valentine’s Day fundraiser in Mansion House, Sir Nicholas Kenyon (CMF Trustee and Managing Director of the Barbican) gave a short speech outlining plans for an exciting new chapter for City Music Foundation.

CMF has been looking for its own space for some time, a place to host our many core activities and our office. Well, we’re delighted to share that we hope soon to begin a partnership with St Bartholomew the Less, a beautiful 15th-century octagonal church within the grounds of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. We are grateful for the generous support of architecture firm Gensler, who have started work on the brief, making feasibility plans and arranging surveys.

It is hoped that this historic building, which will always very much remain the church for the hospital patients, relatives and staff, will become CMF’s home and so the main venue for our work too. This proposed development is happening in the context of wider changes occurring within the public realm in the North-West quarter of the City of London: the arrival of Crossrail, the relocation of the Museum of London, the building of a new Centre for Music, and the formation of Culture Mile, which the church lies within.

It is CMF’s vision that St Bart’s the Less will be a place of music and silence, accessible to old and young, firm and infirm. There would continue to be regular church services, but there would also be open rehearsals for everyone, wheelchair and bed concerts, a café with books and periodicals, free lunchtime and evening recitals. And every day there would be be quiet, music free, periods as well as a new quiet room or chapel available.

As a home for CMF, St Bart’s the Less would be able to provide a place for all our charitable activities, and where we hope to fulfil our mission to the hospital and its patients and staff too. CMF hopes to have an office on a mezzanine within the west end of the church, and meeting room where we can hold professional development workshops and mentoring sessions, offer rehearsal space for CMF artists, hold auditions, recording sessions and recitals.

After the agreeing and completing the necessary work, St Bart’s the Less would be a very inviting, attractive sanctuary, drawing in people who have not discovered it before. And it would allow the existing work of CMF to flourish, whilst sharing what we do with more widely.

St Valentine’s Day isn’t traditionally a day for a party, but it is a day for giving.

Last Wednesday we hosted a sumptuous event at the Mansion House, kick-starting our fundraising campaign to create a permanent home for CMF in the City of London. Naturally the evening was full of music, as well as fine food and drink, and we made full use of what is a truly palatial house.

After cocktails in the Salon, our guests were whisked upstairs to the Old Ballroom for the first musical entertainment of the evening, Mendelssohn’s fizzing Octet. Written for two string quartets, this piece always provides an opportunity for artistic collaboration and sharing, and for this performance CMF Artists the Gildas Quartet and Michael Foyle teamed up with three members of the world-renowned Brodsky Quartet, who are CMF patrons.

The majority of the evening was spent in the Egyptian Hall, where a delicious 5-course meal was served, as well as more music between courses! The first turn came from our special guest, Hugh Laurie, who played the narrator in Poulenc’s The Story of Babar the Little Elephant, accompanied by celebrated pianist and CMF patron, Iain Burnside.

After dessert, Michael Foyle took to the stage again to offer a few musical bonbons with Iain Burnside. They performed Elgar’s Salut d’Amour and Kreisler’s Liebeslied, between which Michael spoke about how much CMF has improved his life and work as a musician.

Once the meal had finished, CMF trustee and Managing Director of the Barbican, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, gave a short speech outlining our plans for a permanent home in the City of London. With the generous support of Gensler, CMF will soon begin developing St Bartholomew the Less, a beautiful, 16th-century octagonal church within the grounds of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. This church will become CMF’s home and so the main venue for our work, be it workshops, recordings, rehearsals, or concerts, all the while engaging with the local hospital community. Sir Nicholas’s speech put this development in the context of the wider changes occurring within the public realm in the North-West quarter of the City of London, including the formation of Culture Mile, of which the church will be a part.

The final item in the Egyptian Hall was an auction, which was run by Giorgia Parodi Brown from Sotheby’s. Twelve lots were sold in total, including three Silver Picture Frames made by Grant Macdonald, two etchings by Norman Ackroyd RA, two tickets to the Last Night of the Proms, and a commission from 2014 CMF Artist Misha Mullov-Abbado.

After the Loyal Toast, the doors to the Salon were flung open and the Kansas Smitty’s House Band played the remaining revelers into the night, dancing all the way.

There was much talk of repeating this event in 2019, so watch this space!

The Ligeti Quartet are well-known for their inventive and engaging programming of contemporary music, and their latest invention is no less intriguing. 

György Ligeti String Quartet No. 1, ‘Métamorphoses nocturnes’
Gregers Brinch String Quartet No. 1
Tanya Tagaq Sivunittinni (arr. Garchik)


John Zorn  Cat O’Nine Tails
Alfred Schnittke String Quartet No. 3

‘Morphs and Magpies’ draws together 5 composers who share a similarly mischievous and resourceful approach to composition, as the Quartet’s first violinist, Mandhira de Saram explains:

‘We wanted to call it ‘Morphs and Magpies’ because most of these pieces borrow, thieve and transform! Schnittke quotes Beethoven’s Große Fuge, Lassus’s Stabat Mater, and uses the Shostakovich cypher “DSCH”; he then cleverly integrates these fragments by using them as the basis for the harmonic language and form.

Zorn uses oodles of quotes and when he’s not quoting, he’s borrowing from all manner of different composers, styles and genres: Paganini, Death Metal, even Looney Tunes music! Ligeti‘s 1st Quartet is a set of variations, and Tagaq, with the help of arranger Garchik, translates and then transforms Inuit throat singing into the string quartet medium.’

Some of the Quartet’s previous programmes include ‘Microcosms’ (focusing on the expressive power of miniatures), ‘Disapora’ (music that reflects on identity and belonging in the 20th century), and ‘Fellow Travellers’ (a juxtaposition of iconic 20th-century composers from America and Soviet Russia).

You can hear the first outing of ‘Morphs and Magpies’ on Saturday 17th February as part of the International Concert Series at Steiner Hall.

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About the Ligeti Quartet

The quartet have been at the forefront of modern and contemporary music since their formation in 2010 and have established a reputation as one of the UK’s leading ensembles, breaking new ground through innovative programming and championing of today’s most exciting composers and artists.

“The Ligeti Quartet is one of the most important discoveries to be made in the performance of music in our time.” David Harrington (Kronos Quartet)

Having played at landmark venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Curtis Institute, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican Hall, and Kings Place, the quartet also regularly escape the stage to appear at museums, galleries, theatres, pubs, an IMAX Theatre, a fishing boat, and on iceberg sculptures as part of a Greenpeace campaign. In October 2017 they were Fellows of the inaugural Barnes Ensemble Festival in Philadelphia.

They have commissioned many new works and have collaborated with artists from all types of musical backgrounds including Anna Meredith, Elliot Galvin, Kerry Andrew (Juice Vocal Ensemble, You Are Wolf), Laura Jurd, Meilyr Jones, Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Seb Rochford (Polar Bear), Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming), Shed 7 and Submotion Orchestra. They are currently working on a long-term project with Ernst von Siemens prize-winning composer Christian Mason to create a series of ‘Songbooks’ for string quartet, based on overtone singing traditions from around the world.

The Quartet are passionate about supporting emerging composers and taking new music to diverse audiences. As Ensemble in Residence at the Universities of both Sheffield and Cambridge, they regularly lead composition workshops, and undertake education and community outreach work. They took part in the Cheltenham Festival Composers Academy 2017, and are City Music Foundation Artists (2016-18).


Each year it is an enormous pleasure, as well as a huge challenge, for our judging panels to select the musicians for the CMF Artists Programme from the ever increasing number of exceptionally accomplished applicants.

This year we’ve selected four soloists and one ensemble, which include classical as well as jazz musicians with talents and interests across a range of genres.

We have already welcomed them to the CMF ‘family’ and are very much looking forward to working with them over the next two years to help identify and achieve some of their ambitions.


Dr Clare Taylor
Managing Director
City Music Foundation

Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano

Lotte Betts-Dean is an Australian mezzo-soprano based in London, whose performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art-song, chamber music, early music, and non-classical collaborations.

Before moving to London in 2014, she received a BMus from the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University (2012), completed a Fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music (2014), and freelanced extensively throughout Australia with companies and ensembles including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Opera and Sydney Chamber Opera.

In 2016 Lotte completed a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music studying under Catherine Benson and Audrey Hyland, and she has also studied at Accademia Teatro alla Scala Milan and at the 2016 Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt.

In the UK, Lotte has appeared at venues such as St John’s Smith Square, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Colston Hall, Wigmore Hall and Handel House, and numerous festivals including Cheltenham, Norfolk, Dartington, Llandeilo Fawr, Oxford Lieder, and Buxton, where The Guardian praised her “irrepressible sense of drama, extraordinary self-assurance, unbroken sense of line and unmissable, urgent musicality”.

In 2017 she was a semi-finalist in both the “Das Lied” International Song Competition and the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, and won the 2017 Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award. Lotte is a member of new music group Ensemble x.y and is an Associate Artist of the Southbank Sinfonia.

Upcoming engagements in 2018 include Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the Adelaide Festival, an Australian tour with guitarist Andrey Lebedev, and a UK tour with Manchester Collective.

Eblana String Trio

Jonathan Martindale, violin

Lucy Nolan, viola

Peggy Nolan, cello

Formed in 2006, the Eblana String Trio consists of three committed chamber musicians, intent on performing the often-neglected string trio repertoire.

During their time at the Royal Northern College of Music the trio won all the major chamber music prizes, notably the 2010 RNCM Chamber Music Award and Audience Prize for their performance of Britten’s Phantasy Quartet with oboist David Curington.

The trio are regular visitors to concert series’ and festivals throughout the UK and beyond and are frequent collaborators with other instrumentalists and composers. Notable past appearances include performances at Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall, Keele Concerts Society, Derby Chamber Music Society, Bollington Chamber Concerts, Holmes Chapel Music Society, MusikFest Goslar (Germany) and the North Norfolk, King’s Lynn, Stratford-upon-Avon and Salisbury Festivals.

The trio are fortunate to have received coaching from many eminent chamber musicians including Gabor Takacs-Nagy (Takacs Quartet), Hugh Maguire (Allegri Quartet), Robin Ireland (Lindsay Quartet), Petr Prause (Talich Quartet), and David Waterman (Endellion Quartet) whilst attending the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove. The trio have also been invited on many occasions to participate in the European Chamber Music Academy, most recently studying with Christoph Richter (Heine Quartet), Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet) and Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet).

From 2013 to 2015 the trio were Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, a post which encompassed performing, studying and teaching whilst acting as ambassadors for the Conservatoire. The trio are now visiting tutors in Chamber Music.

Alex Hitchcock, jazz saxophone

Alex Hitchcock is a London-born saxophonist and composer. As well as leading his own projects at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex, and The Royal Albert Hall, he plays as a sideman in various other bands including Resolution 88 and the Peter Whittingham Award-winning Patchwork Jazz Orchestra.

He has performed with, amongst others, Soweto Kinch, Laurence Cottle, John Hollenbeck, Stan Sulzmann, Dennis Rollins, Nick Smart, Art Themen, and Franco-Belgian duo André Charlier/Benoit Sourisse. He also programmes the regular Sunday night jazz series at the Green Note in Camden, including three sold-out gigs in the 2016 London Jazz Festival. He has worked as an ambassador for the National Youth Jazz Collective, and in 2015 worked with promoters Serious to produce concerts at Rich Mix through their Young & Serious programme.

His big band work includes the BBC Big Band, the Laurence Cottle Big Band, and the Andy Panayi Big Band, and studio recording ranges from work with Channel 4 and the BBC to Egyptian national television.

While studying English at Cambridge University, he was director of the Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra, touring to Istanbul and collaborating with celebrated flautist Gareth Lockrane. In 2016, he completed a postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Iain Ballamy, Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, James Allsopp, Pete Churchill, and Barak Schmool.

As well as CMF, Alex is grateful to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Help Musicians UK for their support.

Gwenllian Llyr, harp

Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr is quickly gaining international recognition for her charismatic and engaging performances.

In July 2013, Gwenllian was a prize-winner at the USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington, where she was highly praised for her musicianship. She has also won many prizes more locally, including the Blue Ribbon at the 2012 National Eisteddfod of Wales, and First Prize at the 2010 London Camac Harp Competition.

Gwenllian graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she was also awarded the William Schuman prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. She was later the first to complete an Advanced Diploma in Harp at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Her career has taken her across the globe with performances in prestigious venues such as St. David’s Hall, Buckingham Palace, Carnegie Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall, and alongside renowned artists such as jazz legend Al Jarreau, pianist Imogen Cooper, and international opera singer Bryn Terfel.

Gwenllian is enjoying a busy and varied freelance career, including performing for the charity Live Music Now and teaching at King’s College, London and the Latymer Music Centre in North London.

Rokas Valuntonis, piano

Rokas Valuntonis is a Lithuanian pianist now based in London. He is a prize winner of more than 20 international piano competitions and has performed throughout Europe and in Japan.

Rokas began his formal training at the Panevėžys Conservatory of Music, before studying at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts and the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. He subsequently left Lithuania to continue his development, first at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and then with renowned pianist Eugen Indjic in Paris. He also received masterclasses from Jerome Lowenthal, Konstantin Papadaki, Denis Pascal, Petras Geniušas, and Mūza Rubackytė, and as of 2015, Rokas was invited to give an annual masterclass himself in Portugal.

Rokas has performed in all the major Lithuanian concert halls, as well as with orchestras such as the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Lund Symphony Orchestra, and with conductors including Olivier Grangean, Juozas Domarkas, and Vidmantas Kapučinskas. He has also performed in many other Baltic Countries, as well as in Spain, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden, German, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, and Japan.

Amongst many competition awards, Rokas has won First Prize at both the Nordic Piano Competition in Malmö, Sweden (2010) and the International Music Competition “Societa Umanitaria” in Milan, Italy (2013).

For his achievements Rokas has been rewarded by the prestigious Queen Morta Award as well as acknowledgements by two Lithuanian Presidents.

Ahead of her concert at the Baroque at the Edge festival, Tabea will perform on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune with lutenist Alex McCartney on Thursday 4th January.

Baroque at the Edge invites leading musicians ranging from classical to world, jazz and folk to take the music of the Baroque and see where it leads them.

Tabea’s concert (1pm Saturday 6th Janauary at Saint James, Clerkenwell) will mix Georg Philipp Telemann’s brilliant Solo Fantasias with complementary pieces specially commissioned from Colin Matthews, Laura Bowler and Fumiko Miyachi.

Other artists at the festival include pianist Joanna MacGregor, viol player Paolo Pandolfo, and violinist Bjarte Eike.




We’re delighted to announce that CMF is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017, the UK’s largest online match funding campaign.

CMF is one of the charities that’s been selected to receive match funding from the Big Give, which means that donors have the rare opportunity to Double your Donation.

For one week only, from midday on Tuesday 28th November, any money donated to CMF via the Big Give will be doubled! £10 becomes £20, £25 becomes £50 etc., and that’s not including the gift aid. It’s exponential, the more you give, the more you give…

If you’d like to donate, please hold fire until Tuesday 28th November, because the doubling only takes effect during the one-week Big Give window.

From MD Clare Taylor:

‘I hope you agree that there’s never been a better time for you to show your support for CMF and our Artists, to help turn prodigious musical talent into success; to help secure a brighter future for our currents artists, artists in years to come, and classical music as a whole. More than ever, their opportunity is your opportunity.’





LOT ONE – 2 Premium tickets to the Last Night of the Proms 

Saturday 9th September: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Sakari Oramo

This Lot has now been sold! Thank you for all your bids.


LOT TWO – An exclusive Grand Tier Box for 10 for Prom 71

Wednesday 6th September: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski, Alina Ibragimova

Igor Stravinsky: Funeral Song(12 mins)
Igor Stravinsky: Song of the Volga Boatmen(2 mins)
Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major(22 mins)
Benjamin Britten: Russian Funeral(7 mins)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 in G minor ‘The Year 1905’(65 mins)


The reserve on Lot 2 has not yet been met:

Auction closes Monday 14th August, 5pm

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City Music Foundation Summer Residency at the Wallace Collection

Following last year’s successful residency at the Wallace Collection, our annual Summer Residency returns in the week of 24th July, as we present 5 more CMF Artists in a series of lunchtime performances.

Held in the stunning Great Gallery in the Wallace Collection, each concert commences at 1.00pm and lasts just under an hour. 2017 sees performance from pianists Alex Soares and Mihai Ritivoiu, contemporary string quartet Ligeti Quartet, flautist Emma Halnan, and recorder player Tabea Debus. The repertoire will range from traditional sonatas through to a world premiere.

The concerts are free entry, and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

MONDAY 24th JULY 2017, 1pm

Tabea Debus, recorders
Alexander Rolton, cello
Pawl Siwczak, harpsichord

Recorder player Tabea Debus performs works by Telemann, Blavat and J.S Bach, as well as premiering two new compositions, which have been commissioned by CMF. This event is part of Debus’ “Telemann’s Subscribers” project, to mark 250 years since the composers death.

TUESDAY 25th JULY 2017, 1pm 

Mihai Ritiviou, piano

Beethoven: Sonata op. 26 in A flat major
Liszt: Sonata in B minor


Emma Halnan, flute
Manon Fischer-Dieskau, piano

Donizetti: Sonata for flute and piano
Richard Rodney Bennett: Summer Music
Katherine Hoover: Winter Spirits
Prokofiev: Sonata for flute and piano

THURSDAY 27th JULY 2017, 1pm

Alex Soares, piano

Chopin Polonaise: Fantaisie Op. 61
Dutilleux: Trois Préludes
Messiaen: La fauvette passerinette
Beethoven: Sonata No 31 in A-flat Op. 110

FRIDAY 28th JULY, 1pm

Ligeti Quartet, string quartet

John Adams – Fellow Traveller (2007) 5′
Philip Glass – String Quartet No. 4 ‘Buczak’ (1989) 23′
Fodé Lassana Diabaté – Nana Triban, from Sunjata’s Time (2016) 5′
Anna Meredith – Songs for the M8 (2005) 10′
Lou Harrison – Estampie, from String Quartet Set (1978) 5′

Wallace Collection
Hertford House
Manchester Square

On Tuesday 6th December at the annual BASCA British Composer Awards (sponsored by PRS for Music and in partnership with BBC Radio 3), hosted at the BFI Southbank, Oliver Christophe Leith was the winner of the ‘small chamber’ category for his work, A Day at the Spa. 

Leith was one of two compositions commissioned for the Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet’s debut album OILand was premiered by the Quartet in May 2015 at St John’s Smith Square.

The judges described the piece as ‘fluid, subtle and deceptive piece’ and a fragment of your recollection, as if you head the piece before and it now returns to you in its fullest form’. 

Leith and Day at the Spa sits alongside other first time winners such as Roderick Williams, Shri Sriram, Claudia Molitor and Tansy Davies as well as long-standing recipients including Jonathan Dove, Joe Cutler and Rebecca Saunders.

In an evening celebrating the best of new British music, we at CMF are ecstatic that the work created for our artists is being recognised at this international level.

Highlights of the evening’s events and an excerpt of the work can heard on this episode of BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now (available on BBC iPlayer until January 9th 2017) and you can purchase a copy of OIL by Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet here.



Last Monday CMF’s Business Mentoring partners BNY Mellon hosted us for a welcoming event to meet the new 2016 CMF Artists and mentors.

The spectacular views from the BNY Mellon office were the perfect backdrop for the event which began with a professional development workshop on key aspects of a professional musicians life including networking, the beginning of which you can see below.

The evening also featured a musical programme showcasing three of our new artists; Ligeti Quartet, oboist Hannah Morgan and pianist Mihai Ritivoiu as well as accordionist Bartosz Glowacki, a 2015 CMF Artist.

Hannah opened the programme with a wonderful solo piece evoking a flag blowing in the wind, following that she performed Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana with Mihai. Mihai performed a rendition of Chopin’s Waltz Op 42 in A flat major, after which Ligeti Quartet played the unique and very interesting Christian Mason piece Eki Attar from Tuvan Songbook. To finish off the musical programme, Bartosz Glowacki captivated us with Piazzolla’s Adio Nonino.

The drinks and canapes flowed after the music programme after which we previewed CMF Artist Andrey Lebedev’s upcoming video featuring Leo Brouwer’s ‘Danza de los Ancestros’, from Danzas Rituales y Festivas Vol. 2, premiered by Andrey at Wigmore Hall May 2015.

Take a look through the gallery of our evening below!

The month of November has some very exciting things in store for our jazz CMF Artists! They have an EP launc and the recording of a new album and lots of gigs at the EFG London Jazz Festival.

City Music Foundation, Dutch Hall, 6 October 2016

New 2016 CMF Artists Nérija will be launching their new EP, funded by their Kickstarter campaign. They recorded it earlier this year, you can see their journal video of their recording at The Henwood Studios in Oxford below:

Recently nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016, Nérija are a collective of up and coming, London-based musicians playing exciting and original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and Hi-life. Together they have toured across Europe and the UK in addition to performing alongside top UK jazz musicians such as Nathaniel Facey of Empirical, pianist Zoe Rahman, and supporting Jazz Jamaica at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

They will be launching their EP on Thursday 17th November 2016, 6pm-7pm at Foyles to hear from this group of talented musicians.

City Music Foundation, Dutch Hall, 6 October 2016Miguel Gorodi a new 2016 CMF Artist will be performing with his nonet Friday 18 November 2016, 8:30pm at Green Note 

Featuring some of the most sought-after members of the flourishing London jazz scene, the Migeul Gorodi Nonet plays music inspired by the likes of Steve Lehman, Thelonious Monk, Louis Andriessen, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Gérard Grisey and Stravinsky, whose influences are reflected in the form, texture, harmony and rhythm of Gorodi’s compositions. Rich and complex textures blend with deceptively simple melodic and rhythmic motifs, with some incredible improvising thrown in for good measure.

He’ll also be performing for JazzNewBloodALIVE in cooperation with I’klectik presents a selection of emerging young jazz players/bands showcasing their own ‘Voices’. The sets are a display of original jazz compositions infused with other vibrant and exciting sound/influences on Sunday 13th November at 4pm


2014 CMF Artist Giacomo Smith will be performing with his band Kansas Smitty’s twice at the London Jazz Festival, with two performances.

The first one is in their own bar, Kansas Smitty’s in Hackney on Friday November 18th at 6pm.

They also have a second date in the London Jazz Festival with two performances one at 6pm at their own bar again on Saturday 19th November and the second one at Shoreditch in which they will be launching their new album!

Assembly Hall, Shoreditch Town Hall

City Music Foundation, Dutch Hall, 6 October 20162014 CMF Artist Misha Mullov-Abbado will be performing a lot over the London Jazz Festival.

On Saturday 12th November at 5pm with young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year winner, saxophonist Helena Kay performs and David Ingamells.

On Sunday 13th November on 1.30pm Misha will perform with Patchwork Jazz Orchestra. Winners of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, the 17-piece Patchwork Jazz Orchestra is a collective London-based ensemble dedicated to championing big band music in a contemporary setting. Originally put together to perform at the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival, the PJO features many of the brightest and most talented young performers and composers of their generation, including the likes of trombonists Kieran McLeod, Tom Green and Yusuf Narçin and saxophonists Matthew Herd, Sam Miles and Sam Rapley.

His final performance at EFG London Jazz Festival will be on Sunday 20th November at 7.30pm at Clapham Omnibus with Luftabbamic, a super-group comprising of internationally-renowned Rob Luft, Kenny Wheeler Prize winner Misha Mullov-Abbado and one of Europe’s busiest touring drummers Marc Michel.

We have officially announced the new 2016 CMF Artists!

After a rigorous audition process in which the artists had to submit a paper application then audition in person with a performance and an interview, we chose our new CMF 2016 Artists and we are excited to introduce the following artists! We have been featured in numerous publications detailing our new artists including M-Magazine, Planet Hugill and Classical Source!

Tabea Debus – Recorders


Tabea is currently Meaker Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and has performed at many renowned concert halls such as the Konzerthaus Vienna, the Tonhalle Zurich and the Wigmore Hall…

To see more, head to her artist page here or her website here.

Miguel Gorodi – Jazz Trumpet


Miguel studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is a composer and trumpet player performing across a broad spectrum of jazz and improvised music…

See more on his artist page here.

Hannah Morgan – Oboe


Hannah  studied with Melanie Ragge at The Royal Academy of Music and graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours.

Hannah is enthusiastic about music education, recently writing and directing five children’s concerts for the Berlin Philharmonic…

You can see more on her artist page here.

Joseph Houston – Piano


Joseph is a pianist based in London and Berlin. His wide-ranging curiosity has led to activity in a variety of fields, particularly in Contemporary and Experimental Music. He has performed all over Europe and in China, and his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4…

You can see more on his artist page here and his website here.

Ligeti Quartet – String Quartet


Formed in 2010, violinists Mandhira de Saram and Patrick Dawkins; violist Richard Jones; and cellist Val Welbanks were united by their fascination with the music of György Ligeti, and have since established a reputation as leading exponents of new music…

See more on their artist page here and their website here.

Mihai Ritivoiu – Piano


Mihai Ritivoiu was born in Bucharest and began piano lessons at the age of 6. In 2012 he graduated with the highest honours from the National University of Music in Bucharest and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2016…

You can see more on his artist page here and his website here.

Nerija – Contemporary Jazz


Recently nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016, Nérija are a collective of up and coming, London-based musicians playing exciting and original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and Hi-life. Together they have toured across Europe and the UK in addition to performing alongside top UK jazz musicians…

See more on their artist page here and their website here.

We must say a big thank you to the brilliant team at Rebecca Driver Media Relations for their work and invaluable assistance.

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Last week CMF Artists Y-Squared launched two new music videos produced and commissioned by CMF. The videos themselves were directed by fellow CMF Artist and member of the Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet, Ian Dingle.

We filmed the videos earlier in the year in a very chilly Asylum Chapel in Peckham, you can take a look at our previous blog with behind the scenes photos of the day here.

The event itself was organised along with Hancock Artists who represent Yasmin and Yelian in the unique Rebecca Hossack Gallery in St, Fitzroy Square. CMF Artist Manager, Tabitha McGrath headed to the venue early in the day to oversee the set up as the videos were to be premiered on a big screen. The rest of the CMF team went later on to finish off the set up and get ready for the guests.

Guests started to arrive and the drinks started flowing! Yasmin and Yelian performed three pieces prior to the video premieres beginning with Yelian performing a rather jolly Svante Henryson piece entitled Black Run. Yasmin followed this with a stunning rendition of Liszt’s arrangement of Schumann’s Widmung from Myrthen Op.25. The duo finished off the live music portion of the evening with Beethoven’s Sonata No.4 in C Major Op. 102.

Ian Dingle took a moment to introduce the videos saying that he always wanted to do something innovative and off the beaten track with Y-Squared videos; something that one can clearly see aligns with Y-Squared’s ethos.

You can take a look at both videos below as well as a gallery of the event!

Burlesque, Nikolai Kapustin

Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor


That’s right, we at CMF put on our first professional development workshops for the new 2016 CMF Artists on Tuesday 4th October!

CMF is committed to providing professional musicians in the UK in the early stages of their careers with expert advice, guidance and support to help them to build successful careers in music.

We don’t give out cash grants; we give support, advice and performance opportunities to musicians in the early stages of their career because we believe this expert guidance is paramount and the benefits multiplied. That is where the professional development workshops come in; CMF Artists are able to speak directly with leading figures in a variety of fields including finance, music and management to name a few. The day was a long one with 5 different talks throughout, covering a range of topics relevant to the business side of the music industry. It was a taster for what they can hear more about in further workshops as well as with their business mentors. To read more about the CMF Artist Programme, click here.

At CMF, we are lucky enough to have such strong connections with the City and thus are able to spend our professional development workshops days in the wonderful Guildhall. You can see a few of our artists below including in the Guildhall West Wing .


This workshop is just the beginning for the new 2016 CMF Artists, who will be announced later this month. They will take part in the scheme over the next two years, during which, as well as the core programme, each artist receives support in the planning and implementing of a bespoke project based upon the artist’s needs. This might include additional concerts, provision of quality audio and visual recording for commercial and promotional purposes, commissioning of new music, website creation, professional photographs, additional mentoring and introductions to key music industry professionals.

We will have our next professional development workshops soon so keep checking on our website and social media for updates!

You can like our Facebook page here, follow us on Twitter here, and sign up to our mailing list here!

Last night four CMF Artists produced an electrifying performance of Olivier Messiaen’s devastating Quatuor pour la fin du temps, ‘Quartet for the End of Time at Clapham Omnibus. The quartet featured clarinetist Joseph Shiner, Michael Foyle and Maksim Štšura of the violin and piano duo the Foyle-Štšura Duo and cellist Yelian He of Y-Squared.

The performance was reviewed by Robert Hugill on his blog here who stated that “the four young performers gave us an account full of vitality, energy and intensity”.

Hugill drew upon several moments of the night declaring the performance hypnotic at times, with a ‘fine sense of dialogue’ and virtuosity. He noted how the four artists brought out the uneven rhythms of the 6th movement entitled Dance of fury, for the seven trumpets  ‘in a way which was rather catchy and almost jazzy’.


Michael, Maksim, Joseph and Yelian at the end of their performance

Finally, Hugill praised Michael Foyle for the way in which he conducted himself in the final movement Praise to the immortality of Jesus, for violin and piano. For this movement, Michael performed with great control and a ‘sweet tone’ finishing the quartet in an exciting and unique way by walking through the audience whilst playing; a moment Hugill pronounced as ‘a nice touch’.

The recital was preceded by a 30-minute talk by pianist, Maksim Štšura covering the history of the piece and discussing certain moments of Messiaen’s own notes on the various movements which were later projected during the performance to illuminate certain aspects of the work for the audience.

A few particularly insightful moments of the talk stand out; for instance Maksim commented that the premiere of the piece has become distinctly mythologised, perhaps even by Messiaen himself. The story goes that the quartet was composed and performed in a prisoner of war camp – the camp described as a harrowing place – in which a solitary compassionate guard was said to have smuggled a few scruffy pencils and paper on which Messiaen wrote the piece in secret, hiding from any less friendly and suspicious guards. Subsequently the piece was said to have been first played outside in the freezing cold to 5,000 people giving a sense of the vast loneliness and a melancholy tone to the proceedings. However, this myth has been somewhat debunked through prisoner accounts now suggesting that the guard had the composer stationed in an empty barrack so that he could work undisturbed with another guard stood at the door to turn away intruders, and the premiere was in fact to a mere 300 people inside the barracks.

Another interesting story was that of the instruments and artists; legend has it that the piano used was ancient and broken with a missing key and the musicians themselves were said to be amateur. Although I rather like the impression of an uplifting underdog story of prisoners coming together to learn such a challenging work, unfortunately as much as we wish this was true, the music is far too advanced for amateurs and the musicians were in fact professionals and multi prize-winners; clarinetist Henri Akoka, violinist Jean le Boulaire and cellist Étienne Pasquier.

Nevertheless I think a bit of legend add a delicious mystic layer to the work adding to the sense of history and sadness to any performance. The four CMF Artists performed the piece brilliantly and managed to bring individuality and life to a truly unique and multi-faceted work.

CMF Artist and pianist Dinara Klinton was live on Classic FM’s Facebook page. An innovative and relatively new Facebook platform, Facebook Live allows you to live stream anything you like.

The video was taken as she rehearsed for her concert later that evening and has received over 24,000 views!

During the video you can see Dinara play some, as Classic FM noted, ‘epic’ Scriabin as well as some Chopin. Dinara is really making a name for herself, only recently coming 3rd in the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition with her stunning  performance, perfectly described by Cleveland below:

“The pianist ended the concerto by capturing the fire Tchaikovsky prescribed in his tempo marking, demonstrating a wealth of virtuosity without trying to burn the house down”
You can read the full article here.

Dinara has an exciting few months ahead, with concerts around the world from Florence and Milan, Berlin and Frankfurt as well as numerous London dates, you can see more at her website

You can like City Music Foundation on Facebook here and Classic FM here.

Now sit back and enjoy the video below.


The Oxford Lieder Festival is an annual festival presenting more than 35 concerts and dozens of other events celebrating the unique art form of song. It is a leading festival and the biggest of its kind in the UK attracting many of the world’s greatest artists.

A big part of the festival, Oxford Lieder has a long history of supporting young professional artists, showcasing their talent throughout the festival and this year is no different.

City Music Foundation are presenting 3 CMF Artists who will perform throughout the festival.

originalPianist Samson Tsoy kicks off the Festival with 5 other pianists including the Festival’s creator Sholto Kyncoh along with a speaker Professor Nicholas Marston and Tenor Stuart Jackson with A Carnival of Pianos, on 14th October at 2pm. 6 pianists will perform some of Schumann’s early works with a half an hour in between to get to the next venue, it will be an exciting travel through Schumann’s music and Oxford!



We also haquartet1ve the pleasure of presenting soprano Raphaela Papadakis and string quartet, the Gildas Quartet. They will be performing together twice on 20th October playing Brahms and Schumann at 11.30am and Mendelssohn at 3.45pm.



See more information and concert tickets at

Click for more information on the City Music Foundation Business and Artistic Programmes.

As part of the City Music Foundation Artist Scheme, CMF Artists are able to have a music video shot and produced by CMF. You can see our other artist videos on our YouTube channel including Eusebio Sanchez and see the Foyle-Štšura Duo play Lutoslawski, Brahms and a promo video for them.

The next artist to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity is Andrey Lebedev performing Bach and a new composition, both to be announced closer to the online launch.

After much deliberation, Artist Manager and producer, Tabitha Mcgrath, along with director Ian dingle decided on the beautiful Lock Studios Haggerston on the Regents Canal. With it’s natural light and soft tones, it was the perfect setting for the two intricate works and Andrey, always a performer that draws you in.

The shoot was, unexpectedly, ahead of schedule – a rarity within this type of work – and ran smoothly with Andrey, eve the professional always willing to play for another take. Those one set noted that each new take was played as though it was the finished piece with Andrey’s impeccable intonation. It is a very exciting project as both works are rare, so rare that one could not find the pieces on YouTube if you tried so we at CMF are particularly excited to be the first.

Fun facts: Andrey plays on two different guitars for each piece; Ian, the director and John Riittipo-Moore, the sound producer, are one half of one of our CMF Artist ensembles, Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet, who have excitingly recently released their debut album Oil. 

The day itself was a breeze, with a talented crew including Mark Popple, camera, Robyn Skead, camera assistant and Tom Gimson, camera operator and photographer (see his photos below in the behind the scenes album!), not to mention the studio’s resident dog, Barry, who offered delightful reprieves throughout the day.

Take a look at the album of Tom’s photos of the day showing the team and Andrey hard at work.

So stay tuned for the launch of these videos and if you can’t wait until then to hear Andrey, you can catch him with fellow CMF Artist, Samson Tsoy at our Special Event with Rhinegold LIVE on 3rd October, register for your FREE ticket here.

Or you can see Andrey’s solo recital as part of our CMF Concert Series on 10th October at 6pm at St Lawrence Jewry, tickets are £10, including a drink, get yours here.

Photo credit: Tom Gimson, see more at his website here.


Two of City Music Foundation’s artists, Samson Tsoy and Andrey Lebedev will take part in a showcase for City Music Foundation presented by Rhinegold LIVE. This showcase is a first of its kind of City Music Foundation and a way to, not only exhibit the talent of the CMF artists, but also to watch, and experience first-hand the important work that we undertake in the UK music sector.

The showcase will be held in the wonderful Conway Hall, London on 3rd October 2016 with a drinks reception from 6.15pm followed by the recital at 7pm.

The recital will be followed by an informal Q&A conducted by Kimon Daltas, editor of Classical Music magazine.

Click here to register for your FREE ticket

Samson Tsoy, born in Kazakhstan, Tsoy began his studies at the Krasnodar State Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music before moving to the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory followed by his postgraduate studies at Royal College of Music, London. He has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, most recently the Royal Festival Hall .

You can see a video of Samson below.

Andrey Lebedev, the Australian classical guitarist and CMF Artist graduated last year with his MA with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed around the world including Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium, St John’s, Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Duke’s Hall and Kings Place, London.

You can see Lebedev perform below.

CMF Artist and pianist Dinara Klinton stormed in to third place at this weekend’s final of the Cleveland International Piano Competition after performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, winning a cash prize of $15,000. You can see a picture of her performance below.

Cleveland International Piano Competition

In earlier rounds she performed Scarlatti’s Sonatas in F minor and G major, Chopin Etudes and Nocturnes and individual works by Taneyev, Rosenblatt and Beethoven.

Once through to the semi-finals, Klinton played Tchaikovsky’s Two Pieces, Prokofiev’s Sarcasms, and Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes – the latter she released earlier this year to huge success.


The Plain Dealer described Klinton’s finals performance as:

“Her performance Saturday of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was a truly personal interpretation, a reading seemingly guided less by tradition than by her own thinking. Where so many artists in Tchaikovsky’s first concerto hammer their listeners into submission, Klinton drew hers in with subtle persuasion as well as force.

Her performance had muscle and virtuosity in all the right places, and often to spare. Her finale, up to and through the last note, was dazzling.

But Klinton also made free use of the pedal, buffing out hard edges and replacing them with mist and glisten. The result? A rendition ironclad on the outside but soft and lyrical inside.”


Dinara celebrates her return to the UK where you can see her perform at St Lawrence Jewry on the 14th September!


See more press links here:

Slipped Disc
International Piano Magazine
Cleveland Classical

And you can read an interview with her ahead of the final HERE

You can watch Dinara’s final performance on Medici TV:!/cleveland-international-piano-competition-day-2

Each year, City Music Foundation opens their applications to find the next lot of City Music Foundation Artists. This year, with more applications than ever, we had a lot of work on our hands whittling them down to a more manageable 25 or so to audition in person.

With the finalists selected, the judges on their way and the lunches booked, we headed to the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo for two days of auditions. It’s non-stop from the first morning with applicants coming and going with a surprising lack of apprehension; and by the end of day 1 there are people beginning to stick out in our judges’ minds. CMF do not believe in simply rating each candidate and letting it be a numbers game, the judges deliberate, discuss and decide between each other who succeeds with an large element of flexibility and most importantly dialogue.

By the end of day 2 it is settled and the new 2016 artists have been chosen.

The first step after auditions is to inform the successful candidates and begin preparations for the official announcement of 2016 artists. When artists join the scheme they are welcomed with a reception so the artists have the chance to meet us and each other before their work really begins. Before this however, CMF have to get the photoshoot done, the reception booked and the plans for each artist set in motion. Within the first few months they have their first professional development workshop with leading figures in the both the music industry and the City. Their mentors have to be organised and arranged so that each artist can get started as soon as possible.

That is where we are at right now, here at CMF, so keep an eye out here, Twitter and Facebook and join our mailing list here for the official announcement of the new 2016 City Music Foundation Artists. Each one unique and ready to start the next stage of their professional career, we are very excited to be welcoming them to City Music Foundation.

City Music Foundation joins The Wallace Collection to invite 5 CMF Artists and ensembles to perform an eclectic programme of lunchtime concerts in the glorious surroundings of the Great Gallery in the Wallace Collection.

As part of the Artistic Mentoring Programme CMF, particularly the Artist Manager, work to expand CMF Artists’ horizons; booking concerts, recording CDs, organising professional photo and video shoots, as well as organising the professional development workshops for the Business Mentoring Programme.

So we thought it would be exciting to expand our own horizons too. This week long residency is a celebration and promotion of the talent CMF encourages. 5 different CMF Artists including a string quartet, accordionist, saxophone quartet, violin and piano duo and classical guitarist will perform a programme curated themselves.

The programme can be seen below, admission is free and we hope to see you all there!

Monday 25th – Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

  • Grieg – Holberg Suite (1884)
  • Jenni Watson – Tinged (2015)
  • James MacMillan – Intercession (1991)
  • Django Bates – My First Scooter (1996)
  • Paul Patterson – Diversions (1976)

Tuesday 26th – Andrey Lebedev

  • Giuliani – Grand Overture (1809)
  • Bach – Lute Suite-Number 2 (1740-1881)
  • Villa-Lobos – Preludes (1940)

Wednesday 27th – Foyle-Štšura Duo

  • Schubert – Sonata for piano and violin in A major D574 ‘Grand Duo’ (1817)
  • Prokofiev – Five Melodies for violin and piano Op. 35a (1920-25)
  • Gabriel Fauré – Sonata No. 1 in A major for violin and piano Op. 13 (1877)

Thursday 28th – Bartosz Glowacki 

  • Scarlatti  – Sonatas in E minor K.98 and A major K.208 (1685-1757)
  • Arvo Pärt:  Pari Intervallo (1996)
  • Trojan – The Destroyed Cathedral (1958)
  • Petri Makkonen – Flight Beyond The Time
  • Viatcheslav Semionov –  S.O.S (2011)
  • Piazzolla – History of the Tango (1986)
  • Piazzolla – Libertango (1974)

Friday 29th – Gildas Quartet with Sholto Kynoch 

  • Haydn – Op. 20 No. 6 in A major (1772)
  • Schumann – Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44 (1842)

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City Music Foundation, along with the Royal Albert Hall, are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a box for 10 people to see a completely sold-out BBC Proms concert on 6th September! Full information here.

BBC Proms programme notes describe the concert as “Bruckner, but not as we know him”.

In the Sixth Symphony, gone is the composer’s typical heft, his long-drawn crescendos and his archetypal brooding introduction. Instead, this symphony gallops into life, crackling with vitality. Bruckner’s rich and individual Sixth Symphony is heard in the second of the Staatskapelle Berlin’s two Proms after a piano concerto by Mozart that boasts similar rarity and individuality. Mozart’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 26 was performed by the composer in Frankfurt during festivities in 1790 for the coronation of Leopold II as Holy Roman Emperor; tonight Daniel Barenboim gives its first Proms performance in over 40 years.

Daniel Barenboim directs Staatskapelle Berlin performing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 andBruckner Symphony No. 6

Click here for more information on the concert.

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Last night CMF Artists Joseph Shiner, Yelian He and the Foyle-Stsura Duo performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Deal Festival. This morning we stumbled across these lovely photos from Music Director, Paul Max Edlin, who described the performance as ‘deeply special’ and ‘astonishingly good playing’


You can find out more about the Deal Festival of Music and Arts, which runs until the 16th July here

And you can find Paul Max Edlin on Twitter here!



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 a wide selection of fantastic beers, with jazz and folk music throughout the day from CMF Artists; Kansas Smitty’s, Misha Mullov-Abbado and Tir Eolas.

Below are a few videos of their work just to get a taste for what’s to come this Wednesday!

To skip the queue, get advance tokens here.

If you wish to buy on the day, no problem. Click here for the prices.

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 marimba and percussion.

Doors will open at 6.30pm with the concert beginning at 7pm.

Tickets are £15 including a free CD!

Click here for tickets.

If you would like any more information, please email us at

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. As part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Roald Dahl, the Magnard Ensemble is joined by actress Rebecca Kenny to tour XX UK festivals from 14 May 2016, bringing to life the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs as imagined by Dahl in his collection of 1982 poems Revolting Rhymes.


The music has been adapted especially for the Ensemble by one of the leading British composers, Paul Patterson, from his orchestral works of the same name. The programme is completed by Martin Butler’s setting of Dahl’s collection of poems, Dirty Beasts.

A day of workshops, discussions and performances on 1 June at the Camden Forge, London serves as a launch for the project. In the morning, the Magnard Ensemble will host a family workshop, drawing on the work of Patterson and Butler, to encourage families to delve further into Roald Dahl’s characters and create their own works for wind and percussion. The afternoon sees a discussion of the development of the music with both composers, as well as Donald Sturrock, head of Roald Dahl Music. The launch day is completed with a full performance of both works.

Many of the dates on the tour carry a similar format with workshops and opportunities for crafts. A series of education events compliment the tour, both in local schools and arts organisations, using the works as the basis for compositional workshops, education sessions and children’s concerts.

The Magnard Ensemble have recorded Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music, due for release on 18th September 2016, on Orchid Classics. It is the first time chamber arrangements of Patterson’s settings of Dahl’s work have been recorded and will form the centrepiece of a disc.

Please see below for performance listings and for more information click here.


  • Saturday 14 May Gambier Parry Hall, Higham, Carducci Festival, 11:30am – Tickets here
  • Tuesday 31 May The Drill Hall, Hereford, Hay Festival, 10:00 – Tickets here
  • Project launch Wednesday 1 June, Camden Forge 11am-4.00pm – Tickets here
  • Friday 23 June, St Nicholas Church, Chipping Norton, Dean & Chadlington Summer Festival, 1:30pm – Tickets here
  • Saturday 2 July, Thaxted Parish Church, Thaxted Festival, 11am – Tickets here
  • Friday 15 July, Jam on the Marsh, Marsh Academy Theatre, 2pm – Tickets here
  • Friday 23 – Friday 30 September, MusicFest Aberystwyth – More info here
  • September 21 – 22, Penarth Pavilion – Tickets here
  • Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 October, Wells Cathedral School – More info here
  • Sunday 27 November, National Centre for Early Music, 2:30pm – More info here



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 range from; marketing, setting aims and objectives, organisational skills, managing finances, negotiating fees, contracts, presentation and communication skills, networking, and dealing with stress. From this KSQ have been able to understand that to be successful in an ensemble requires them to function effectively as a self-sufficient business. The CMF Business Mentoring Scheme provides the tools and insights needed for this.

Consequently, through the support of CMF KSQ have chosen to embark on a pivotal part in any musician’s life, the creation of their first album, Oil. KSQ have worked with CMF to commission new works by young professional artists as part of their album. As well as that they have been given the opportunity to compose, perform and record the type of music that they want to play. Owing to the support of CMF, they have been able to curate their own album, exploring new sounds and textures in order to push their artistic boundaries and create something that is entirely theirs.

As part of the CMF Artistic Mentoring Scheme, CMF Artists are also assigned an artistic mentor, someone within the music industry itself who can guide them. Their artistic mentor, saxophonist John Harle has played a huge part in the making of this album and has, not only been a great guide artistically but also with the intricacies of the business.

Being a CMF Artist has allowed all this to be possible, it has allowed KSQ to have artistic control over, not only what and how they play, but down to the design and overall aesthetic of their album. Two members of the quartet, Ian Dingle and John Rittipo-Moore have collaborated on a number of tracks on the album, including the titular Oil with music by Moore accompanied by a newly-commissioned film by Dingle. For the lead up to their album launch, KSQ performed as part of the CMF 2016 concert series on Friday 13th May incorporating image and music in a truly innovative performance, the likes of which CMF has not seen before. The concert was a success with many commenting on Moore’s and Dingle’s original works and the performance of the quartet as a whole including Sally MacTaggart and Guy Passey.

KSQ will officially launch their album on 4th July at Islington Metal Works, for more information and tickets please click here.

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 Papadakis for an evening of words and music. From the onset, the Shakespeare Cocktail Concert was a way to celebrate both the bard, and the role City Music Foundation plays in the lives of our young professional artists.

Simon, Joan, Roger and Raphaela all worked together with City Music Foundation’s Managing Director Dr Clare Taylor to create a truly engaging and exceptional evening. Combining songs and lieder by composers from Schubert to Strauss along with extracts from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, the audience were guided through this rousing marriage of two artistic mediums. As if that wasn’t enough, audience members were treated to delicious cocktails and nibbles as they sat surrounded by the incredible works of art within the Guildhall Art Gallery’s main hall.

The concert itself was entitled ‘Music, ho!’ which Simon revealed was the phrase uttered when music was required during Shakespeare’s life. Titania, the Queen of the Fairies herself in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream exclaimed “Music, ho! Music such as charmeth sleep!” after she was awoken from her deceiving spell by her husband Oberon.

Music not only pervades the words of Shakespeare’s works but also the performance and stage direction. Music and drama have been inextricably linked for years from Greek theatre all the way to modern film. For Shakespeare music and its traditional associations, its divine power, often play an integral part of his works driving and seeping into the narrative. Music lulls unsuspecting lovers to sleep in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ariel ‘the airy spirit’ in The Tempest is instructed to enter ‘invisible, playing and singing’ and Duke Orsino famously opens Twelfth Night with the words.

“If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die”

The City Music Foundation’s Shakespeare Cocktail Concert was a celebration of the unique place music holds in Shakespeare and, as today marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s burial, it is exciting to see what the rest of this year has in store to honour and celebrate England’s greatest literary artist.

See the gallery below.
Photographs taken during rehearsal and the interval.
Photography by Sara Lejon.

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 couple of months, ensuring our artists’ successes and progress are told in the national media. Following her album release on 4th March, and ahead of her Wigmore Hall debut on the 11th April, RDMR secured Dinara Klinton a prime time slot on BBC In Tune on Tuesday 22nd March.

The week prior saw discussion floating around of repertoire, interview talking points, press releases, the panic of needing a page turner or not and endless listening of earlier examples of artist interviews on In Tune, all in order to prepare Dinara for her time on the air.

There are two things to note about being on In Tune, is that it goes very quickly (you’re in and out of there in under an hour!) and the other is that the BBC lifts are completely ridiculous. The 8th floor is serviced by only one lift in the building, and clearly on this day, the most in demand. A rather nervy 4 minutes was spent repeatedly hitting buttons while Dinara fixated on her watch and stretched her fingers.

Twenty five minutes before she was due on, Dinara was whisked straight in to the studio, known for its unforgiving acoustics but rather nice piano, for a sound test while Murray Perahia’s recording of J.S. Bach was broadcast live to the nation. Myself and Ruth Knight from RDMR, helped ourselves to tea and reclined in the green room, whilst reading all the breaking news from the ENO.

Given In Tune’s tranquil and calm radio appearance, the production box is the proverbial swan’s legs, a team of people endlessly typing production notes, syncing trail links advertising other BBC Radio 3 shows and, for a good portion time, haranguing the news team for not yet sending through Gill Johnson’s (the newsreader) notes, which eventually arrived 12 seconds before she was due to be live on air.

Following the news, Dinara performed No. 5 of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes “Feux Follets”, receiving a round of applause from the team and tweets of admiration from listeners, before sitting with Sarah Walker to talk about how she practises this piece like she would brush her teeth “every morning, for five minutes” to remove its scariness. Dinara spoke excitedly about how she recorded the album in the Leipzig Gewandhaus and her happy memories of her first performance there in 2008, as well as the emotional range that Liszt expresses throughout the pieces, before finishing her experience on the show with the stunning Etude No. 10 “Allegro agitato”


You can listen again to Dinara on BBC In Tune here (she begins at 1:23:45)

You can purchase tickets to her next performance at Wigmore Hall here and pick up her new album Liszt: Etudes D’Execution here

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 for her by Sir Karl Jenkins, in a London studio with it broadcast on Classic FM.

Emma Halnan Arts Club-Karl Jenkins Award winner

Emma was in talented and competitive company, beating five other finalists for first prize by a judging panel consisting of high-profile figures in the arts such as Clarinettist Emma Johnson MBE, Carol Barratt (composer of educational music), Patrick Lemanski (Head of Warner Classics) Sam Jackson (Managing Editor for Classic FM) and former CEO of ABRSM, and a past Master of The Musicians’ Company Leslie East OBE alongside Chairman Sir Karl Jenkins.

The judges had the support of a consultation panel consisting of internationally renowned soloists including Alison Balsom, Nicola Benedetti, Catrin Finch and Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Congratulations again Emma!


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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 cold to perform an exhilarating rendition of Kapustin’s dynamic ‘Burlesque’.

Yasmin and Yelian of Y-Squared during filming

The chapel was later filled with beautiful cream candles creating a softer, more elegant feel for their second recording of the day, the second movement of Frédéric Chopin’s Cello Sonata.

The day was filled with music, biscuits, a lot of tea and coffee, and not enough heaters for us all. Be sure to keep checking our Facebook, Twitter and website for more information and the eventual unveiling of Y-Squared’s videos which are set to be truly brilliant.



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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 Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and will see him perform a further concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic on the 9th October 2016, as well as many festival appearances across the Netherlands.

The competition final from Saturday night, as well as Spiegelzaal appearance with Maksim the next morning, are available to re-listen to on NPO Radio 4 website here.

Watch the full video below, and for more information, visit the Foyle-Stsura Duo website here.



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Alastair Penman’s Electric Dawn has received wonderful reviews from musical magazines and blogs.

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“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 for a masterpiece of programming.”
Review by Peter Fay of Electric Dawn Live Performance at the RNCM Saxophone Day 2015

“Throughout, Penman’s saxophone playing is exemplary and the whole makes an appealing and intriguing disc which successfully mixes Penman’s live saxophone with the electronics to create something rather different. Displaying Penman’s virtuosity, the music on the disc encompasses a wide range of style.”
4-star review of Electric Dawn by Robert Hugill, (Full review here)

“Penman is a pioneering instrumentalist and writer who is creating music that explores new territory. The use of electronic programming teases out new sounds within the conventional solo-saxophone canon, creating ethereal soundscapes and an all together surprising interplay throughout the record…He could go in many different directions from here, and the jazz/electronic/music world will be all the richer for it….There’s much to extract from this record, and equally much to enjoy as a cohesive and triumphantly experimental debut.”
Review of Electric Dawn by The Prickle (Full review here)

“…it really is a wonderfully eclectic mix of genres, moods, instrumentation and effects, all centred around the unmistakeable sound of the saxophone.”
Jim Paterson,


You can pick up copies of the album on Alastair’s website and on Amazon

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 recitals in important venues and festivals in Spain.

Congratulations Samson!


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 recitals in important venues and festivals in Spain.

Congratulations Samson!



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 is this Sunday at the Barbican as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

You can also see him perform as part of our concert series on the 9th December.



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Giacomo Smith and his Kansas Smitty’s House Band independently released their album in November and have been touring the album in basements around London.

You can catch them tonight and tomorrow at Ronnie’s and at their bar every Wednesday and Friday. Full details on their website:


Read more about the Telegraph’s Best Jazz Albums of 2015 here

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 in Wigmore Hall

What is coming up in the diary that you are most looking forward to?

Our new CD launch

Do you have a favourite performer? What type of concerts/gigs do you regularly attend?

Daniil Shafran, Russian cellist. I usually attend classical music concerts.

How did you find out about CMF and why did you decide to apply?

I was nominated through the RNCM to apply for CMF. It seemed like an exciting opportunity and it certainly turned out this way!

The concert on the 9th is also the launch of your new album, 60 Degrees North, where did the concept come from and how did you select the repertoire?

The concept of 60 Degrees North for our new album came from a discussion we had with Ian Ritchie, who was my CMF mentor. He used to have a music festival with the similar name where the music from this geographical altitude was featured. We really liked the idea which Ian kindly let us use and choosing of repertoire happened naturally as we included the pieced we really like and enjoy playing. We thought that it would be cool to include Elena’s piece too and I am very glad it worked very well.

What has CMF done for you since being a CMF artist?

CMF has been really supportive and provided us with some excellent opportunities and in particular making it possible to record our new  CD. We are very grateful to CMF for the great support.

What are your hopes for the future?

We are hoping to have more regular performances, have a manager who would help us to find more opportunities to play and get around more.

Finally, your 3 desert island discs?

Lully opera “Bourgeois gentilhomme”, Menuhin – Bach violin solo partitas and sonatas, Tchaikovsky 4,5,6 symphonies


Come and see Mikhail perform at St Lawrence Jewry on the 9th September. You can buy tickets here.

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 debut album, demonstrates gifts that are uniquely his own and is full of unusual colours, leaps of imagination and a strong sense of character. New Ansonia clearly defines the path Misha intends to follow both as a composer and performer of exceptional ability. As Kenny Wheeler Music Prize judge Evan Parker put it, this is ‘the beginning of a journey of an outstanding individual’.

To achieve his musical goals Misha has brought together a wealth of young talent from the vibrant and creative London jazz scene with a front line of alto saxophonist Matthew Herd and trombonist Tom Green and alongside him in the rhythm section YouTube sensation & Quincy Jones protégé Jacob Collier on keys and drummer Scott Chapman.

Described by the London Jazz Website as ‘a hugely promising talent’, Mullov-Abbado showcases his diverse and wide-ranging skills as a bandleader and composer on New Ansonia. Listen to the opening track and you’ll be introduced to the melodic, widescreen ‘Circle Song’ followed by the rhythmically bristling and upbeat, ‘Lock Stock & Shuffle’. The title track ‘New Ansonia’ is exuberant and joyful while ‘Heal Me on This Cloudy Day’ introduces a sombre note – Mullov-Abbado wrote this song for his father’s funeral, demonstrating the emotional maturity and strength of character that suffuses this fine debut.

With a strong sense of song, evolving with dramatic twists, shifting dynamics and moods, New Ansonia is an exceptional debut – colourful, bursting with character, grooves, melody and inventive soloing.

The album will be launched at Kings Place on the 12th September
You can pre-order the album here.

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MATTHEW HERD alto saxophone
TOM GREEN trombone

Additional musicians:
JAMES DAVISON trumpet and flugelhorn (tracks 3 and 4)
NICK GOODWIN electric guitar (tracks 4 and 5)
VIKTORIA MULLOVA violin (track 7)
MATTHEW BARLEY cello (track 7)


1. Circle Song 7.07
2. Lock, Stock & Shuffle 7.22
3. Real Eyes Realise Real Lies 7.56
4. New Ansonia 7.52
5. Satan, Oscillate My Metallic Sonatas 8.18 6. Ode To King Michael 4.30
7. Heal Me On This Cloudy Day 5.06
8. September 8.47
9. Just Another Love Song 10.44

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 Mayor and raised over £20,000 for City Music Foundation, the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the City of London Festival. More information about the event is at

Our special thanks go to our colleagues at the Worshipful Company of Brewers, the Guildhall, the City of London Festival and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal as well as to headline sponsor Gensler and our further sponsors Daniel Watney, Hempsons, Brown Shipley and Wirefield.

We are already looking forward to next year…..!

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 just one performer.

The show will pay respect to traditional and world music drumming styles as well as introducing audiences to the world of contemporary solo percussion music; from traditional Indian and African drumming through to Xenakis, improvisatory jazz, John Cage and newly commissioned works from Goncalo Gato and Dave Maric.

Be prepared for a show that will forever change your conception of drums and percussion.

Solo Segundo premieres at St James Studio on the 25th September 2015 before holding a residency as part of the London Jazz Festival in November of the same year.

Find out all about Solo Segundo here…


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 characters from his unfinished 1831 novel, Davidsbündler (the League of David). The pieces are not true Dances but more musical dialogues about music between Schumann’s characters Florestan and Eusebius. These respectively represent the impetuous and the lyrical, poetic sides of Schumann’s nature. Each piece is ascribed to one or both of them. Schumann’s wife Clara was practically his sole motivation for writing this work, an expression of his passionate love, longings and dreams. It remains one of Schumann’s greatest achievements.

Schumann composed the Fantasie Op. 17  in 1836 and dedicated it to Liszt. It consists of three movements in loose sonata form. The first movement is rhapsodic and passionate followed by a grandiose rondo in the second movement and ending with a slow and meditative third movement. The Geistervariationen lies at the other end of Schumann’s life – it was, in fact, his very last solo piano piece, completed in 1854 just before he was admitted to a mental institution. The ‘Ghost Variations’ are very rarely heard (Schumann said the theme was given to him by an angel) and constitute a hauntingly beautiful work.

On the evidence of this new recording it’s not hard to understand her success. Her playing has a warmth and finely judged flexibility that are immediately attractive. The spontaneity of the performances as well as the beauty  of the piano tone, … linger in the mind… ”
Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine, September 2013 **** (SOMMCD 0127, Schubert Impromptus)

Williams’ brilliantly fluid technique and unassuming mastery of the piano is to the fore on this recording, which promises much for the future.”
Classic FM Radio Review (Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 15-19 July 2013).


You can buy her new album via Somm Recordings here!

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 SmithPedro 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!




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 the semi-finals and finals here.

Congratulations Samson!

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 performance highlight in your career so far?
My biggest career highlights so far have been recording my digital debut for EMI Classics – now known as Warner Classics and also playing Bartok 2nd violin concerto with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

What is coming up in the diary that you are most looking forward to? 
In September 2015 I will be performing Arvo Part’s “Tabula Rasa” for two violins and orchestra together with Viktoria Mullova, Paavo Järvi and Orcheste de Paris in the new Paris Philharmonie.

Do you have a favourite performer? What type of concerts/gigs do you regularly attend?
I like different performers, depending also on the repertoire hey perform and what suits who. Some of my favorite violinists are Christian Tetzlaff, Janine Jansen, Hilary Hahn.

How did you find out about CMF and why did you decide to apply?
I found out about CMF from my pianist in London. It seemed like they had the right opportunities and values for career development.

What has CMF done for you since being a CMF artist?  
So far my highlight in CMF has been playing in the BBC In Tune programme last year.

What are your hopes for the future?  
I would like to have regular solo and chamber music  recitals and organize my own festival.

Finally, your 3 desert island discs?  
Collection of pieces by Ginette Neveu, Beethoven and Bernstein by Hilary Hahn and Schubert and Schumann by Ally Ameling.



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 Segundo and the Kansas Smitty’s – an innovative ensemble of young professional jazz musicians who specialise in performing traditional Parisian café jazz and 1940s New Orleans’ swing music. The Café Below will be open in the Churchyard for drinks, bar snacks and dinner.

The event is open to all and there is no charge to attend –  We look forward to seeing you there!

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: Clarinettist, country-bumpkin (turned city-dweller), and coffee-addict.

Who do you usually perform with?
I perform solo, often with pianist Frederick Brown; with my wind quintet ‘Magnard Ensemble’, or freelance with orchestras.

What has been a performance highlight in your career so far?
My final course as principal of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain was the most perfect three weeks imaginable – so many cherished memories. The principal’s ensemble played John Adam’s Chamber Symphony and Copland’s Appalachian Spring under Pablo Heras-Casado, and the full orchestra performed Copland’s monumental 3rd Symphony with Antonio Pappano live on BBC2 at the BBC Proms, with my closest friends. As formative musical experiences go, rehearsing and performing the Weber Quintet op. 34 during my final year at university with the Endellion String Quartet was thrilling, terrifying and enlightening in equal measure, as was performing the Copland Concerto in Wells surrounded by my family and friends (as well as my first piano teacher)!

What is coming up in the diary that you are most looking forward to? 
The YCAT public final! I’m not sure if ‘looking forward’ is the best way to describe my feelings towards that particular concert, but we’ll go with it.

Do you have a favourite performer? What type of concerts/gigs do you regularly attend? 
Three spring to mind (apologies!): Joyce Didonato, for her enthusiasm and advocacy of an utterly positive and healthy approach to her art; Mitsuko Uchida, for the depth of her musical thought; Edith Piaf, for the authenticity and power of her expression.  Most often I go to opera: I crave that moment when I am taken out of my theatre seat and into a completely new world; with characters and stories in whom I am completely emotionally invested. More often than not it doesn’t happen, but when it does, it’s all worth it.

You’re also an educator, how important is this role within your work? 
As much as I hope to inspire, challenge and advise – I myself am also continually inspired, challenged, and advised, and therefore I regard any educational work that I do – be it private teaching or larger-scale musical outreach as being a hugely important – if not the most important strand of my career.

How did you find out about CMF and why did you decide to apply?   
I think I had vaguely heard it mentioned through other word of mouth, but truthfully I think it popped up in a Google Search when I was browsing various arts organisations! I remember being frustrated at having just missed the auditions for their first intake, so CMF sat obstinately on my list as a ‘to-do’ item until applications opened for the following year.

What has CMF done for you since being a CMF artist?  
Plentiful opportunities for networking, skills development and engagements; a friendly, sympathetic and proactive support network; not to mention a whole new set of friends and colleagues!

What are your hopes for the future?  
To lead a happy life surrounded and saturated by music – and to make a living from it.

Finally, your 3 desert island discs? 
Jessye Norman singing Strauss’ Four Last Songs with Kurt Masur and Leipzig Gewandhaus, Claudio Abbado’s Daphnis et Chloe with the LSO, and Earth, Wind and Fire’s Greatest Hits.



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