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First time in thirteen years: City of London Sinfonia performs at Leeds Town Hall

The City of London Sinfonia returns to Leeds for the first time in thirteen years to perform a special programme of English music and Beethoven at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 18 February

Under the leadership of clarinettist and conductor Michael Collins, the City of London Sinfonia will perform Britten’s enchanting Suite on English Folk Tunes, which opens with an exhilarating take on the folk tune Cake and Ale. “With an irresistible exuberance that I’ve not heard equalled" (Gramophone Magazine), Michael Collins performs Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto, a magnificent work by the lyrical English composer. The orchestra also performs Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending starring violinist Alexandra Wood, and Beethoven’s Symphony No 7, which features in the 2010 Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech.

Clarinettist and conductor, Michael Collins is Principal Clarinet of the City of London Sinfonia, as well as leading his own ensemble London Winds, and performing with musicians all over the globe including the Borodin Quartet and Takács Quartet, András Schiff, Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. As well as performing at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Festival, Edinburgh Festival, City of London Festival, and Bath Mozartfest, Michael was Artist in Residence in 2015/16 at The Wigmore Hall and now records exclusively for Chandos.

Violinist and leader of City of London Sinfonia, Alexandra Wood gave her South Bank debut back in 2001 where she was described in The Observer as “a fiery violinist” and in The Times as “highly charged yet imaginatively refined”. Alexandra has since led orchestras and ensembles under the batons of Sir Colin Davis and Pierre Boulez, and regularly leads Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with whom she appeared in Carnegie Hall in 2008, and teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

City of London Sinfonia is an English chamber orchestra based in London which performs regularly across the city of London in venues from East London clubs to traditional Central London concert halls. City of London Sinfonia was one of the first orchestras to establish a programme dedicated to making music in schools, hospitals and communities. The orchestra’s Meet the Music programme spends over 170 days in the community every year making music with over 14,000 people. Current projects include Wellbeing through Music in healthcare settings, where City of London Sinfonia musicians deliver performances often at patients’ bedsides, and facilitate projects for young children in major London teaching hospitals including Great Ormond Street.

Tickets for this concert are priced £12.50-£33.50 and are available from the Box Office on 0113 376 0318 or book online at Don’t forget that 50% discounts are available for students, under 18s and jobseekers. Plus, if you’re under 26 you can purchase tickets for an orchestral concert for just £5 in the seven days before the concert.

Alexandra Wood