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Festival: City of London Festival

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City of London Festival
City of London Festival

June 22 – July 10, 2015

“London’s premier music festival” – Evening Standard

Since 1962 the City of London Festival has animated the City with a rich and extraordinary programme of music, performance, events and installations. For three weeks each summer the Festival brings the monumental architecture, outdoor spaces, and ancient streets of the Square Mile to life with a dazzling array of music, dance, visual art and street performance.

The City of London Festival is one of the UK’s most significant and highly regarded artistic platforms, ranked among the world’s leading cultural celebrations. It has built a reputation for innovative programming, showcasing newly discovered and established artists, championing new work and presenting contemporary collaborations in beautiful surroundings, inspired by the history of the City and its communities. The Festival connects the communities of the City with the world’s most acclaimed musicians and performers, enlivening the City, its inhabitants and visitors through culture.

This summer the City of London Festival will shake up the City with a blast of culture. From 22 June to 10 July iconic spaces across the Square Mile will be animated with a dynamic programme of music, spoken word, theatre, dance and contemporary circus. As a programme of classical music animates the City’s historic churches and livery halls, the Festival’s knock-out Jazz with a View series returns to invigorate London’s skyscrapers, while the streets and gardens of the Square Mile below buzz with free musical and acrobatic street performances. The Bowler Hat theatre, the Festival’s own performance space, will return as a pop-up venue for live music, top-class comedy, theatre, dance and circus.

Highlights of the diverse programme include two spectacular symphonic concerts in St Paul’s Cathedral, as the eminent London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performs Haydn’s The Creation (24 June), and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment gives an authentic performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (2 July). This year the Festival celebrates Singapore through a multi-arts series, including a performance from the T’ang Quartet and pianist Melvyn Tan (29 June). The Festival’s ‘Choral Capital’ initiative will return with an inspiring line-up of participatory and performance led choral events.

Under the direction of Paul Gudgin, former Festival Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the 2015 indoor programme is expected to attract audiences of around 30,000. In 2014 an estimated 600,000 people attended the daily free events programme, and a similar amount are expected at this year’s Festival.

“Super fresh, with events as diverse as the capital itself” – Sunday Times

The alumni of contributing artists over the Festival’s 53 year history reads like a Who’s Who of the world’s most accomplished artists, featuring the likes of Jacqueline du Pré, Sir Willard White, Yehudi Menuhin and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf to name only a few.

Priority booking for these City of London Festival events opens on 20th January, for Festival supporters. General booking for these Festival events opens on 27th January. Tickets for the full Festival programme will go on sale in April.

For full information, visit the City of London Festival website.

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An enlightening Creation from the LSO

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After quartets by Nielsen and Beethoven, Nordic folk song arrangements brought the first day of the 2015 City of London Festival to a festive close.
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