City of London Sinfonia returning to Southwark for socially distanced performances

Building on the success of their return to live indoor performance last month, City of London Sinfonia (CLS) will return to Southwark Cathedral this autumn with six socially distanced performances.

The Restore and Revive concert series features hand-picked favourites from CLS musicians across three concerts, in an uplifting and invigorating series that celebrates the long-awaited reconnection with audiences through the revival of live music performance.

The concerts have been designed in accordance with current safety guidelines around live public performances during the Covid-19 pandemic while retaining the familiar signatures of City of London Sinfonia’s seriously informal style.

Audiences will be able to experience the concert series in flexible and socially distanced seating configurations positioned in the nave or in-promenade taking in the architecture and acoustics throughout the cathedral.

Alexandra Wood, City of London Sinfonia’s orchestra leader, said: “Our autumn concerts are a reunion and a celebration of different parts of the orchestra: a string concert, a wind concert and, after many months, we will finally come together for a full-scale symphony.

“The winds have chosen music which is special to them.

“In the string concert, we explore two “staples” of the string repertoire: Serenades by Elgar and Tchaikovsky, filled with emotion, passion and drama.

“Haydn’s London Symphony is not just a chance for everybody to perform together again, but a nod to our name, and a chance to remember how culturally important and resilient London has been and will continue to be.”

Matthew Swann, City of London Sinfonia’s chief executive, said: “We were delighted to welcome audiences back for our first Southwark Cathedral performances in six months in September – both those who joined us in-person and those who experienced the concerts online, totalling more than 30,000 on Facebook and YouTube.

“Restore and Revive takes the vision of reconnecting with audiences further, inviting them into the concert going experience and the heart of the music in a safe but engaging way.”

Picture: Marilyn Kingwill


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