Connaught Brass and Echéa Quartet to play at Cambridge Summer Music festival

City Music Foundation Artists Connaught Brass and the Echéa Quartet will join a fabulous line-up of performers at this year’s Cambridge Summer Music festival. Running between 15th and 31st of July across the city, Cambridge Summer Music festival features two CMF artists alongside concerts from Guy Johnston & Tom Poster, Imogen Cooper, and a performance […]

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Ensemble Hesperi embark on a royal time-travel to Queen Charlotte’s 1760s

Saturday 20 August 2022 19:00 2021 City Music Foundation artists Ensemble Hesperi are teaming up with soprano Rowan Pierce and fortepianist Nathaniel Mander for an immersive royal experience this summer, recreating one of Queen Charlotte’s famous musical evenings in the 1760s, with period-appropriate tea, cake, and card games! To find out more about Ensemble Hesperi, […]

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Online Auction is Open for City Music Foundation Funding Gala

City Music Foundation is delighted to announce that the online auction for our Fundraising Gala is now live! With an exceptional selection of ten exclusive lots to choose from, all proceeds from the auction go towards supporting City Music Foundation’s fabulous artists. Generously donated by friends of City Music Foundation, the auction prizes include a […]

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Helen Charlston New Album Features CMF Commission

2018 CMF artist Helen Charlston’s brand new CD with Toby Carr, ‘Battle Cry: She Speaks’, features music of the seventeenth century alongside a City Music Foundation commission from composer Owain Park. Released on Delphian Records, this world premiere recording of Owain Park’s song-cycle has been described in the Guardian as an “outstanding disc”, praising “Charlston’s […]

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City Music Foundation Fundraising Gala – Wigmore Hall 5th July 2022

Our grand summer Gala at Wigmore Hall is drawing closer on 5th July with the soloists and string orchestra preparing to converge for an evening of Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Bach and Handel. To mark 10 years of City Music Foundation, and in memory of Sir Roger Gifford, we are bringing together our Alumni, Patrons and other world-class performers to […]

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Cellist Joy Lisney at SMITF this Friday 27th May

2021 CMF Artist Joy Lisney performs this Friday 27th May at 1pm with her unaccompanied recital pairing Bach and Britten. This concert has been rescheduled from February this year, before Storm Eunice decided that it wasn’t possible to perform that day! The concert takes place in the gorgeous acoustic of one of central London’s most prestigious venues St Martin-in-the-Fields, as […]

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Helen Charlston joins York Festival of Early Music as Artistic Adviser 

Helen Charlston (2018 CMF Artist), who won First Prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition, has joined the York Festival of Early Music as Artistic Adviser.  “Helen has a long association with York and we are looking forward to working with her. We are sure she will bring some brilliant and fresh ideas as we […]

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CMF Artists Nishla Smith & Misha Mullov-Abbado announced as part of latest Talent Development Scheme

Live music producers Serious to announced last week the participants for the seventeenth edition of their prestigious talent development scheme Take Five – an annual programme that offers mentorship and opportunities to eight of the finest emerging jazz and improvising musicians from across the United Kingdom, funded by the PRS Foundation, Arts Council England and Serious Trust. 2020 CMF Artist […]

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Pianist George Fu at Southbank Centre

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 […]

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Echéa Quartet at SMITF Friday 29th April, 1pm

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 […]

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Guitarist Giacomo Susani Wins Top Prize!

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 […]

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Helena Kay Launches New Album Campaign

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 […]

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Soprano Olivia Boen – Barts Great Hall 20th April

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 […]

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Ludlow English Song Weekend 8th-10th April

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 […]

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Victor Lim Lunchtime Concert – Watch Again

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!

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We are hiring! Assistant Artist Manager

We are seeking a part time Assistant Artist Manager to start immediately for a part time, fixed term 6 month appointment in the first instance. DEADLINE: Monday 18th April 2022 The role is wide ranging, with involvement in every stage of the development of our artists on the two year CMF Artist Programme. The post-holder […]

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James Larter at St Martin in the Fields – 1st April

We are excited about this Friday’s concert with Percussionist and 2021 artist James Larter performing at St Martin in the Fields Lunchtime Concert this Friday 1st April. This concert is part of City Music Foundation’s ongoing partnership with St Martin in the Fields which began earlier this year. You will see a number of our […]

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2021 Artists Connaught Brass winners of ROSL Mixed Ensemble section

Huge congratulations to Connaught Brass for winning this year’s ROSL Mixed Ensemble prize including £10,000 prize money! Audiences were thoroughly entertained as they performed a programme Gallo and Three Norwegian Dances by Modens Andresen. The ensemble will be performing at Wigmore in July as part of their prize.

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Listen again to Siân Dicker on BBC Radio 3

2020 Soprano Sian Dicker appeared on In Tune with Katie Derham a few weeks back for the first time and had a wide-ranging conversation about her time with City Music Foundation, concerts coming up in her role as a Britten-Pears Young Artist and being a Boosey and Hawkes SingFinzi2021 Finalist, a competition created to celebrate the composer’s 120th birthday year. Her repertoire choices featured […]

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Antoine Préat – Wiltshire Music Centre 23rd March

2020 CMF Artist, Franco-Belgian pianist Antoine Préat presents a lunchtime concert defined by intensity and air for long-standing partner of CMF, Wiltshire Music Centre. Liszt’s staggering one movement sonata inspired by Dante’s Inferno stretches pianists to the very edge of virtuosic technique, whilst Albéniz’s first book of scenes on Iberia culminates in a festival of colour with […]

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Slava Ukraini – Tuesday 22nd March, Royal Festival Hall

Featuring CMF Artists Dinara Klinton and Rozanna Madylus Buy tickets here Join in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and London’s Ukrainian community at a speciallycurated night of music, poetry and spoken word at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Slava Ukraini features writers Olesya Khromeychuk, Andrey Kurkov and Serhiy Zhadan, music from Jon Hopkins with […]

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CMF Welcomes New Patron – John Gilhooly CBE

We are delighted to announce that Artistic and Executive Director at Wigmore Hall John Gilhooly has become one of City Music Foundation’s Patrons. Our Artists, both past and present, have appeared at Wigmore in increasing numbers in recent years. John was awarded a CBE for his contribution to music in the 2022 New Year Honours […]

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2022 Applications NOW OPEN

We’re delighted to announce that applications to become a 2022 CMF Artist are now open. Now calling for our tenth consecutive intake, we welcome applications to join our innovative two-year programme from musicians early in their professional classical, jazz, folk and world music careers, both soloists and ensembles. Starting in autumn 2022, those selected for […]

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CMF 2021 Advent News 🎄

Despite the strictures imposed by the continuing pandemic at the start of 2021, both the CMF Team and Artists have been incredibly busy! We are so proud of the CMF family that we would love to share, or even re-share, with you some of the top highlights of this year, so come back each day in December […]

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2021 City Music Foundation Artists Announced

City Music Foundation is pleased to announce the eleven artists joining the CMF Artist Programme as ‘2021 CMF Artists’ Connaught Brass, Ensemble Hesperi (baroque group), Harriet Burns (soprano), Helena Kay (saxophone), James Larter (percussion), Joy Lisney (cello), Laura Perešivana (soprano), Olivia Boen (soprano), Sirius Chau (flute), Victor Lim (piano), Yume Fujise (violin) Chosen from a […]

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Vacancy: Part-time General Assistant

City Music Foundation, a charity offering career development and management to emerging professional musicians (mostly classical, some jazz), is seeking a part time General Assistant to start immediately for a fixed term appointment in the first instance. We are looking for someone educated to at least degree level with a real knowledge of and passion […]

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CMF Awarded Culture Recovery Fund Grant

City Music Foundation is pleased to announce their successful application to the Government’s latest Culture Recovery Fund. This crucial grant will support CMF’s day-to-day costs for the next three months as we continue to support their artists at such a vital time with the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on their careers.

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2021 Applications now open!

We’re delighted to announce that applications to become a 2021 CMF Artist are now open. Now, calling for our 9th consecutive intake, we welcome applications from musicians early in their professional careers in classical, jazz, folk and world musicians, both soloist and ensembles, to join our innovative two-year programme. Starting in autumn 2021, those selected […]

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2021 Lunchtime Concert Series at Bart’s Great Hall

At a time where the country is feeling deflated by the ongoing news, City Music Foundation presents the new 2020 CMF Artists (and some former artists) in a series of free monthly lunchtime recitals at Barts Great Hall throughout 2021, in partnership with Barts Heritage. These concerts are intended for an in-person audiences alongside live […]

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CMF Advent News 🎄

It’s certainly not news that 2020 has been an unusual year, however here at CMF we wanted to share, or even re-share, some of the top highlights of this year. Come back each day in December to re-live some fantastic videos, reviews, articles, announcements and more as we count down to Christmas! 24th DecemberWe come […]

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CMF takes part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020

We’re delighted to announce that CMF is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020, a national matched funding campaign. ***CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW*** 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 […]

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New 2020 CMF Artists Announced

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Messiaen – Quartet for the end of time

By Alexander Soares – Pianist at St Paul’s Cathedral 23rd October 2020 This peculiarity mirrors the astonishing gestation of the work: Messiaen was summoned for military service at the start of World War II, captured in May 1940 and taken to the prisoner-of-war camp at Görlitz, with the first performance given in front of a […]

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A New Partnership

Picture: Emile Holba City Music Foundation announces a New Partnership with Barts Heritage Barts Heritage is an organisation formed in 2019 for the preservation, restoration and maintenance of the unique and historic buildings at Barts Hospital. Its new CEO Will Palin started in November 2019 and is in overall charge of the project to repair […]

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St Pancras Clock Tower concert series – live broadcasts

In spring 2020 in reaction to the lockdown, City Music Foundation announced a brand new series of live concerts broadcast from the St Pancras Clock Tower every Wednesday at 6pm which started on 17th June. Find the full list of concerts on the CMF Presents page here. These concerts are of very high quality, both […]

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The Hidden City Project

CMF was one of twenty organisations selected to be portrayed in the Culture Mile’s Hidden City Project, alongside key Culture Mile partners Barbican, LSO, Museum of London, GSMD and the City of London Corporation itself. Culture Mile is the City of London’s vibrant cultural quarter stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate and including CMF’s home in Smithfield. Photographer Emile […]

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Toby Hughes at the vanguard of the ‘solo double bass movement’

2020 is looking to be a busy year for double bassist and CMF artist Toby Hughes… Having recently recorded his debut album with Champs Hills Records, which is due to come out later this year, and an imminent solo recital performance on Thursday 16th January at St John’s Smith Square, Lucy Thraves of Classical Music […]

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Rokas Valuntonis announced Prizewinner of the Osimo International Piano Competition

Yesterday, the CMF pianist Rokas Valuntonis won the 2nd Prize of the Osimo International Piano Competition in Italy. Congratulations to Rokas for this wonderful achievement which we want to celebrate with the video of his performance at St Bart’s the Great last May!

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Samson Tsoy at Wigmore Hall

The City Music Foundation piano Samson Tsoy is coming back to Wigmore Hall on Monday 2nd December at 1.00pm to perform Bartok’s Sonata for two pianos and percussion with Colin Currie – percussion, Sam Walton – percussion and Pavel Kolesnikov – piano. https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/colin-currie-sam-walton-pavel-kolesnikov-samson-tsoy-201912021300 Ahead of the concert, you can listen to his imaginative interpretation of Schumann’s […]

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Vacancy: Communications and Events Officer

We’re recruiting for a Communications & Events Officer to join our team based in Smithfield, EC1. We are looking for someone educated to at least degree level with a real knowledge of and passion for classical music (and jazz, if possible), as well as a love of social media and experience in marketing and publicity. […]

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Bartosz Glowacki Debut Album Release

Bartosz released his album 22 November following an extremely successful launch at The Old Church Stoke Newington. The evening included artists who performed on Genesis including guitarist Rob Luft, as well as the newly created sand animation film which Bartosz commissioned of Magdalena Suszek-Bąk to accompany his live performance of Vlasov’s Five Views on the […]

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New 2019 CMF Artists

PRESS RELEASE October 2019 City Music Foundation announces 2019 CMF Artists City Music Foundation (CMF) is pleased to announce the seven artists joining the CMF Artist Programme as ‘2019 CMF Artists’: Anna Cavaliero (soprano), Echéa String Quartet, Iona Fyfe (folksinger), Mingyuan Ruan (accordion), Iyad Sughayer (piano), Giacomo Susani (guitar) and Rosalind Ventris (viola). Chosen from […]

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CMF Proms Auction: bid to win box for 10 people at Prom 46

Prom 46: Thursday 22nd August 2019, 7.30pm We’re delighted to announce that we are auctioning a box (for 10 people) at one of the most sought-after concerts at this summer’s BBC Proms! Already sold-out, Prom 46 (Thursday 22nd August, 7.30pm) features 2016 BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor […]

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2019 Summer Residency at The Wallace Collection

CMF returns to The Wallace Collection for our 4th annual Summer Residency. Monday 22nd – Friday 26th July 2019 Featuring six CMF Artists, 2019 sees the residency expanded beyond the popular free lunchtime recitals to include a children’s concert, a performance for dementia sufferers, and an evening concert centred around Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’ with guest performer, […]

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Sound Unbound: full schedule

This weekend City Music Foundation is partnering with Barbican and Culture Mile for Sound Unbound, a free music festival taking place in the City of London. This weekend-long classical music festival will explore unexpected spaces across Culture Mile, which stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate in the north-west of the Square Mile, celebrating fantastic music alongside the history and […]

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Reviews Round-up for Alexander Soares’s debut album: Notations & Sketches

Notations & Sketches, the debut album from Alexander Soares was released on Rubicon Classics in January 2019 and features solo piano works by Boulez, Dutilleux, and Messiaen. City Music Foundation is proud to have funded this album, one which has now garnered plaudits from both of the UK’s most prestigious classical music magazines. Gramophone Magazine (Editor’s Choice, May 2019)“Although […]

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Vacancy: Communications & Events Officer

We’re recruiting for a Communications & Events Officer to join our team based in Smithfield, EC1. We are looking for someone educated to at least degree level with a real knowledge of and passion for classical music (and jazz, if possible), as well as a love of social media and experience in marketing and publicity. […]

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CMF partners with Barbican and Culture Mile for Sound Unbound

We’re delighted to announce that City Music Foundation is partnering with Barbican and Culture Mile for Sound Unbound, a free music festival taking place in the City of London Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 May 2019. This weekend-long classical music festival will explore unexpected spaces across Culture Mile, which stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate in the north-west of the […]

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A4 Brass Quartet depart on Scotland tour

Continuing a busy year of concerts throughout the UK, A4 Brass Quartet (2018 CMF Artist) begin a five-date tour of Scotland starting Friday 22nd March. Supported by The Tunnell Trust, the multi-award-winning brass group will travel to Melrose Music Society (22nd March), Ayr Music Club (23rd March), Gatehouse of Fleet Music Society (24th March), Biggar […]

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We’re hiring: Artist Manager

We’re recruiting for a new Artist Manager to join our team based in Smithfield, EC1. The role is wide-ranging, with involvement in every stage of the development of our artists while they are on the two-year CMF Artist Programme. The post-holder will get to know the artists personally over this period, supporting them from the […]

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