Firmly established as one of the UK's leading chamber orchestras, City of London Sinfonia (CLS) was founded in 1971 by the late Richard Hickox. Led by Stephen Layton (Artistic Director & Principal Conductor) and Michael Collins (Principal Conductor), the Orchestra has earned a reputation for strong, distinctive programming, outstanding performances and recordings, and a passion for music featuring the voice.
Performing throughout the UK and abroad, CLS makes regular appearances at all the major London concert halls and venues, as well as St Paul's Cathedral and other venues in the City of London. It has been resident orchestra at the capital's popular Opera Holland Parksince 2004 and holds a long-standing residency in High Wycombe, as well as being a regular guest at major UK festivals. In addition the Orchestra performs lively Crash, Bang, Wallop! family concerts offering young listeners an exciting and interactive introduction to classical music.
CLS has made over one hundred recordings including a series of operas by Benjamin Britten on the Chandos label and won a Grammy Award for Best Opera for its recording of Peter Grimes.
The Orchestra's Meet the Music education and outreach programme, founded in 1988, was one of the first established by a UK orchestra. CLS musicians spend approximately 100 days a year making music with a wide range of groups, young and old, throughout the country, including a long standing residency at the world famous Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Extending their innovative reach and approach, CLS musicians deliver professional skills training for corporate businesses, offering a creative approach to supporting achievement and performance. Founded in 2000, Development through Music is a pioneering programme and one of the first of its kind in the country.
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