City of London Sinfonia - Origin: An Authentic Voice

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    7:00 PM

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    £1.00 - £25.00

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Discover the authentic voices of the British Isles as the City of London Sinfonia explore how folksong has influenced composers, both past and present

Our ‘Origin’ series opener celebrates our Orchestra as a champion of British composers, through music for strings by Elgar and Holst – two of the most influential British composers of the early-20th century – as well as folksong-inspired chamber music from the present day. Baritone Roderick Williams OBE also joins the Orchestra to perform his own arrangement of Butterworth’s Six Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’, based on A.E. Housman’s collection of pastoral poems.

One of many new commissions in celebration of our 50th anniversary, Huw Watkins’ new duet for clarinet and violin is subtly influenced by Welsh folksong and written specially for our Leader (Alexandra Wood) and Principal Clarinet (Katherine Spencer). Watkins exclaims that he is “hugely excited about writing them a duo – I love the idea of combining these two players’ (and these two instruments’) distinct yet complementary characteristics”.

It’s unlikely that you’ll want to sit still in this concert as we encourage you to uncover some of the British Isles’ many voices around the Cathedral. We’ll invite you to go inside the evening’s music with personal perspectives from our musicians and you’ll also be able to take part in an immersive listening experience, as folksong-inspired solos and duets – by Sally Beamish, James MacMillan, Gerald Barry, Vaughan Williams and Maxwell Davies – are performed all-around.


ELGAR Introduction and Allegro
BUTTERWORTH Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad'
HUW WATKINS Untitled new work for Clarinet and Violin
HOLST St Paul’s Suite

City of London Sinfonia
Alexandra Wood Director/Violin
Katherine Spencer Clarinet
Roderick Williams Baritone