The City Music Foundation is back up and running with live performances during June and July. That means we can get back to live classical music gigs. No more streaming them live – your computer and television can never match the experience of being in the same room as a live orchestra. So book some tickets to their next three performances before they’re gone!
Barts Heritage and City Music Foundation Partnership Launch Concert
29 June, 7pm, The Great Hall at St Bartholomew’s Hospital
In autumn 2020, a new partnership was formed with Barts Heritage and CMF. And they are only now able to celebrate this partnership with an in-person launch event. It includes music from CMF Artists the Echéa String Quartet, Anna Cavaliero (soprano) and Giacomo Susani (guitar) including music commissioned for the occasion by Paul Edlin and Giacomo Susani.
The Harrison Frank Family Foundation has also commissioned the Hill and Sons workshop in Hampstead to make a set of instruments for the Echéa Quartet. This is a wonderful opportunity for the quartet to create consistency in the sound they are producing as the instruments are made from the same workshop. It is also thrilling for the Echéas to grow with their instruments together.
CMF Free Lunchtime Concert Series – Flautist Marcos Nicholas Sos, Mexican International Scholar
14 July, 1pm, free, The Great Hall at St Bartholomew’s Hospital
As part of the City Music Foundation International Artist Programme, Marcos Nicholas Sos from Mexico will take over the free CMF Lunchtime concert at Barts Great Hall. This concert will have both an in-person audience as well as live streamed to those at home. And even though it’s free, you still need to book tickets.
Beethoven 251: Foyle Stsura Duo (violin & piano)
21 July, 7pm, The Great Hall at St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Michael Foyle and Maksim Stsura took on a project in July 2020, during the pandemic, to record the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano and Violin Sonatas on the Challenge Classics Label. This was a special project, recorded in the middle of the international lockdown in Mechelen, Belgium, the home of Beethoven’s ancestors. Beethoven’s ‘struggle to victory’ narrative archetypes and emotional scope speak to us now with greater intensity than ever.
Join them in person on Wednesday 21 July for a programme of a selection of Beethoven Sonatas to celebrate 251 years of Beethoven with the Foyle-Stsura Duo and the release of 2nd volume (of 3) of this project. Volume 1 (of 3) was released in November 2020.
As Beethoven’s 250th year wasn’t celebrated quite how they wished, the CMF are going all out with his 251st year – to mark this, there will be exactly 251 tickets available for the audience to purchase.