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01 December 2015
Written by jess
posted: Tuesday 1 December 2015

Give back to our charity this #GivingTuesday


For this #GivingTuesday give the gift of exclusive access with our City of London Festival Gift Membership. Not only will you be donating to our charity and supporting our ever-expanding work, you’ll also be incredibly popular this Christmas with this fantastic present for culture lovers.

#GivingTuesday is inspired by the huge frenzy of spending that takes place during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As a result, Tuesday 1 December has been established as a day in which we should celebrate how good it is to give back and support brilliant charities.

By buying a City of London Festival Gift Membership, from as little as £30, your donation helps us continue to stage hundreds of performances across the City that are completely free to attend. As well as supporting new and emerging artists you’ll also be helping to develop our Learning and Participation programme, which delivers specialised art and music workshops to schools and community groups across Greater London.


This generous gift will allow the recipient to gain access to an exclusive Member’s only priority booking period for the 2016 Festival (and get first dibs on all the best seats in the house) as well as insider information and offers with our Festival Members E-newsletter. The recipient will also receive the full Festival Diary of Events delivered to their door so they can see all the incredible music and theatre we have on offer. Find out more about all of the benefits that come with a Festival Gift Membership.


To give a City of London Festival Gift Membership please download this form. The gift recipient will receive a welcome letter to the Festival, a Christmas card (or Birthday card if applicable) and a Membership card.

Find out about how to become a Festival Member through our Support Us page.

If you have any questions about Gift Membership please contact our Development Coordinator, Grace, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at the Festival office on 020 7583 3585.

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12 October 2015
Written by jess
posted: Monday 12 October 2015

From Trainee to Employee - Meet Grace!

Here at the Festival we run a trainee programme that enables entry level applicants to gain that all important experience working in the arts, and help them on their way to employment. There are various departments you can work in, including; Marketing and PR, Development and Fundraising or Events and Production Management. Our Arts Management Trainee, Grace Armitage, worked for the Festival for six months and has now been employed full time as our new Development Coordinator. We caught up with her to find out about her journey...

Why did you apply for the trainee programme?

I’ve always loved festivals ever since I went to Brighton Festival when I was younger. I wanted to know more about the different departments and jobs within a festival organisation and how I might be able to get involved. The Arts Management Traineeship at the City of London Festival gave me a perfect way to explore how the Festival is run as well as the opportunity to explore different areas such as festival administration, the membership scheme, managing guest lists and running different events. I’m also a bit obsessed with history so I loved the idea of exploring the City of London’s different buildings and its heritage.

What advice would you give someone about to start the trainee programme?

1.You only get as much out as you put in, so make sure you take every opportunity offered to you and give it your all.
2. Ask questions. The traineeship is first and foremost about learning and is the perfect place to find out as much as you can. Gaining experience is what makes the traineeship valuable and will really help when it comes to applying for jobs.
3. Never underestimate a cup of tea. You will be working with lots of people who can give you advice, introduce you to useful contacts or generally help your career progression, so take the opportunity to have a chat.

Can you explain a bit about what you do at the Festival now?

Working as the Development Coordinator is an exciting challenge and usually involves juggling lots of tasks. I work with the Head of Development, Sara, to raise important funds to make the festival possible, as well as working hard to ensure that all our members and supporters get as much out of the Festival as they can. I really enjoy working on our individual giving membership scheme as this involves getting to know all our Festival members. I stay in contact regularly organising special events just for them (e.g. private receptions at venues like the Sky Garden or the Guildhall Great Hall) or updating them first with any hot off the press plans or exclusive discounts.  

What keeps you going when we’ve run out of biscuits in the office?

My key motivation is how much I really love the intense madness of being involved in putting on over 200 shows in over 50 venues in just three weeks, and I want to do whatever I can to make our Festival even better than the year before. The Festival is such a visual and physical representation of all the hard work you have put in over the year and is so rewarding to see so many people enjoying it. Being part of that big celebratory party atmosphere is brilliant.

What has been the most memorable performance you’ve ever witnessed?

I saw Spring Awakening in New York in 2007 and everything about it was amazing. It was so different from the usual musicals I had seen from the music to the much darker themes. The staging was so simple but had an incredible impact. Everything about the performance has stayed with me so much so that my step sister and I still talk about it to this day.

Also, I often think about when I saw Of Monsters and Men at Glastonbury in 2013. The whole performance was great, but the experience is what made it. The sky was completely clear and I was standing with one of my friends in the crowd near the front just thinking that this moment was perfect Glastonbury. I’m pretty sure it rained very soon after, of course.


If you'd like to find out more about our trainee programme or how to get involved volunteering at the Festival take a look at our Working at the Festival page.

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15 June 2015
Written by editor1
posted: Tuesday 16 June 2015

Win 2 VIP Saturday tickets to Love Supreme Festival with a behind the scenes pass to see Jazz FM broadcast live

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Love Supreme Jazz Festival is returning to the glorious setting of Glynde Place near Brighton from 3rd to 5th July 2015 for another weekend of world-class jazz. Love Supreme has quickly became one of the summer’s must-go festivals thanks to its beautiful setting in the heart of the Sussex Downs, friendly atmosphere and 3 days of jazz, soul and funk.
On Saturday, soul diva Chaka Khan tops the bill. Joining Chaka for Saturday’s proceedings is the effortlessly cool Neneh Cherry; the legendary Sly & The Family Stone’s Larry Graham, who will be bringing his Graham Central Station to the main stage for the now customary Love Supreme Saturday funk workout; Soul man Omar and Rebecca Ferguson.

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In The Big Top, there’s GRAMMY award winning vocal powerhouse Dianne Reeves; Jazz FM Award Winner Bill Laurance; international jazz giants The Bad Plus Joshua Redman and Blue Note rising star Ambrose Akinmusire. In The Arena, beautiful chilled beats come courtesy of Submotion Orchestra before UK Jazz Act of the Year Jazz FM Award winners Gogo Penguin take to the stage.


Jazz FM will be broadcasting live from the festival with guests stopping by its purpose built routemaster bus studio all weekend – and you could join them for a behind the scenes look at the broadcast, meet the Jazz FM presenters and sit in on live artist interviews.

To enter the prize draw send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your name, address and phone number. If successful you will be contacted by Friday 26 June.

Competition T&Cs
• The prize is 2 adult VIP Saturday tickets for Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2015.
• No travel costs, parking or accommodation is included and we accept no responsibility for the same.
• The prize is non-exchangeable and non-transferable.
• You will need to abide by all instructions whilst on site in particular in the Jazz FM broadcasting unit.
• Jazz FM reserves the right to prohibit access to the Jazz FM recording area where necessary.

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23 March 2015
Written by editor1
posted: Monday 23 March 2015

Jazz with a View 2015

Kit Downes Trio at the Gherkin in 2014

(Kit Downes Trio at the Gherkin in 2014)

 Here at the City of London Festival we are really fortunate to have access to brilliant venues across the Square Mile. Unique to the Festival, is our ‘Jazz with a View’ series, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Expect to see some incredible performers against breath-taking City skylines. It’s a feast as much for the eyes as the ears!

This summer we are thrilled to announce a brand new set of some of the best venues in the City. These include the breath-taking Sky Garden (aka Walkie Talkie), the elegant Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, the riverside Nomura and coming back for a second time the beautiful Unilever House.

Sky Garden

(Sunset from the Sky Garden, Fenchurch St)

Sky Garden
Singapore’s ‘King of Swing’ Jeremy Monteiro is kicking off our ‘Jazz with a View’ series in London’s inimitable Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, this unique public space spans three storeys and offers 360 degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. The Sky Garden is the highest rooftop garden in London and the Sky Pod bar where we will be hosting the concert is offering an exceptional Prosecco and food platter combination.

Monteiro will be performing with musicians from Singapore and the UK, catch a glimpse of what to expect from him here.

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(View from the TĪNG Lounge in the Shangri-La Hotel)

The Shard
Anita Wardell will be performing Ella in London in the Shangri-La Hotel, which is on the 34th to 52nd floor of the iconic Shard. Wardell will be revisiting songs from one of Ella Fitzgerald’s live albums and chatting to some of the people who witnessed the recording (in London) first hand. You can watch her in action here.

To add to these already remarkable concerts you can also enjoy a 3 course dinner before the show in the elegant TĪNG Restaurant in the Shangri-La.


(Nomura Angel Lane)

With its green roofs and grassy terraces Nomura is wonderfully energy efficient and offers spectacular views of the Southbank including sights of the London Eye and Tower Bridge. In a tucked away room on the 11th floor you’ll be able to witness astonishing trumpet music all the way from Trondheim with Arve Henriksen. The small city of Trondheim in Norway is labelled as having one of the most distinctive and thriving jazz scenes in the world and where better to experience Arve Henriksen’s ‘flute-like’ sound than from the top of this great location.

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(Unilver House and Blackfriars Bridge)

Unilever House
We are tremendously excited to see the return of Unilever House with it’s notable curved façade on Victoria Embankment and gorgeous views overlooking Blackfriars Bridge and the Thames. This year we have the Parliamentary Jazz Awards ‘Vocalist of the Year’ Norma Winstone MBE performing for us. You can see her ‘superb’ vocals through the link here.

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(Julian Joseph performing in the Masonic Temple in 2014)

Masonic Temple
Also having a comeback this year is ‘Jazz in the Temple’, a small series of Jazz performances in the Masonic Temple which can be found in Liverpool Street’s Andaz Hotel. The temple was hidden within the hotel for decades and rediscovered during a refurbishment in the 1990’s. This decadent space creates an intimate experience for a truly unique performance from Grammy nominated fingerstyle guitarist Martin Taylor and also Grammy nominated pianist/vocalist Judy Carmichael.

Make sure you keep an eye on our website and look out for the Preview programme, both of which are being published with the latest events in April.

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10 February 2015
Written by jess
posted: Tuesday 10 February 2015

Our staff’s top picks for Valentine’s day in the City of London

Here at the City of London Festival we’ve collected a list of fun and romantic things to do in our lovely Square Mile this week in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. So whether it’s a first date, a night out with your pals, or even proposal territory, we’ve got you covered.

Overnight stay
Grange Hotels, Valentine’s Day Package

If you’re looking for an extra special treat then our friends at Grange Hotel have just the thing. This Valentine’s, they’re offering everything you can imagine to create the most romantic love-fest ever. You can get accommodation in a superior room for two, a candle lit three-course dinner, spa treatments, chocolates, roses and even a full English breakfast! Prices start at £132 and this offer is available right up until 28 Feb, so even if you miss Valentine’s altogether this might help you redeem yourself… Click here for more information on this deal.

Verdict: “Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you.”


Old School Romantic
Love Classics - Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS

For the seasoned romantics among you we recommend a visit to the Barbican Centre. This year to celebrate this romantic day, conductor David Corkhill leads the London Concert Orchestra for a night of Love Classics from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture to Strauss’ Roses from the South Waltz. For more information on this classical delight, click here.

Verdict: “If music be the food of love, play on.”

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First date
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

If roses and romance make you go scarlet then maybe the Museum of London’s special Valentine’s Late London is more for you. There’s a multitude of events and workshops, which celebrate London’s bohemian side. These include an absinthe mixology lesson, participatory art installations, performances from circus artists and a high energy 13-piece Balkan Brass ensemble, that have played the likes of Bestival and Secret Garden Party. There’s also a chance to check out the epic Sherlock Holmes exhibition after hours. Click here to book.

Verdict: “I found myself in Wonderland”

Relationship recharge
Proud Cabaret City, No.1 Mark Lane, London, EC3R 7AH

If you’re looking for something fun and glamorous then we definitely recommend Proud Cabaret City. The venue is modelled on a 1920’s speakeasy and offers a high end dining and entertainment experience. Located in an underground haven that's reminiscent of the illicit glamour of a bygone era, beautiful girls in full burlesque will welcome guests upon arrival. This Valentine’s Proud Cabaret City are hosting an indulgent 3 course meal with delicious cocktails while you sit back and enjoy an evening of Burlesque and Cabaret performances. Click here for more.

Verdict: “I’ve got you, under my skin.”

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Fine Dining
1901, Andaz Liverpool Street, 40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN

For those of you looking for a refined dining experience for two, 1901 is a hidden gem found in what was once the Great Eastern Hotel’s original ballroom. The stained glass dome is a visual spectacle to behold. 1901 provides a fresh and dynamic approach to fine dining with the best and most diverse home grown produce that Britain has to offer. To book your evening click here.

Verdict: “By the time this night is over…”


Drinking Buddies
Lodge D’Argent, No.1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ

Haven’t been able to book a ski lodge holiday this year? Not to worry until Saturday 28 February Coq D’Argent have transformed their venue into a traditional French ski chalet complete with vintage ski props and furry blankets to snuggle under. The heated and covered terrace serves special “Winter Warming” Cocktails and indulgent holiday favourites like tartiflette and fondue. Perfect for a cosy afternoon retreat or a romantic evening for two. To book your escape click here.

Verdict: “I got chills. They’re multiplying.”

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Rooftop Romance
Madison, Rooftop Terrace, One New Change,

The Madison Bar is a must see spectacular location; enjoy stunning City views with your other half or a group of friends. The bar has in house DJ’s and a cocktail list to die for. You can even book a sofa with a view in advance for small or large groups. For more information click here.

Verdict: “Love lifts us up where we belong.”

Anti- Valentine’s
Bounce, 121 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD

For those of you who are anti-Valentine’s, Bounce is offering a party just for you. Over the previous two years the tremendously successful ping pong bar Bounce has hosted a mandatory romance free zone. That includes no roses, no pet names and no holding hands. But you can enjoy the in house DJ Mighty Atom, UV ping pong and various games made by the Bounce Game Makers. So to avoid the holiday of yuk book your tickets here.

Verdict: “Down with Love.”



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23 January 2015
Written by editor3
posted: Friday 23 January 2015

Top tips for starting an Office Choir


1. Find a conductor You'll need a musical director to lead the choir, this could be a colleague or someone through a company like our partner – Music In Offices.
2. Get a room Speak to your building management to find a space you can use regularly.
3. Fix a time Make the rehearsal time convenient and not too long e.g. 5.30pm on a Tuesday for 45 mins
4. Choose some music Start with easy and accessible songs, so everyone feels comfortable.
5. Recruit your singers Put notices around your office and ask your comms team to send out emails, spread the word as far as you can.
6. Be welcoming Don't scare people with auditions. Maybe offer a taster session in case people aren't sure at first.
7. Take it easy Don't be too ambitious with harmony or complexity at first, build confidence with easy songs people can enjoy.
8. Perform Find an event (Christmas office do?) where your choir can show off a bit and sing to your colleagues
9. Don't stress about equipment While it would be lovely to have smart music folders, a choir outfit and a grand piano, none of these things are necessary. A sheet of lyrics sent through the printer is fine.
10. Have fun Most of all, this should be a fun experience for everyone. The benefits of singing are there to be enjoyed.

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14 March 2014
Written by editor3
posted: Friday 14 March 2014

Win dinner at The Fable for a year

We’ve teamed up with The Fable to offer one lucky reader the chance to win dinner at The Fable for a year!


Inspired by the fantasy world of fairy tales & the fabulous fables of Aesop, The Fable offers seasonal cuisine & sensational cocktails alongside bespoke events, fascinating masterclasses & unique customised experiences.

From the Ever After gift shop and library lined with leather-bound storybooks to the wine room brimming with bottles and florist featuring a roll-top bath overflowing with blooms, expect to be enchanted & enthralled.

To enter, answer the question: the fairytale character Dick Wittington is based on former Lord Mayor Richard Wittington. True or false?

Send your answer with your name and address to us by 28 March. Either email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or send a postcard to Fitz Eylwin House, 25 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2BP.

Terms & Conditions
The prize is for lunch or dinner up to the value of £150 once a month.
Additional items ordered must be paid for.
Visits cannot be transferred to different months. No cash alternative.
Table must be booked in advance.
The prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
The prize is non-transferrable and has no cash value.
Subject to availability.
Prize expires March 2015

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31 October 2013
Written by jess
posted: Thursday 31 October 2013

Children’s Parade 2014: Off the Page!

Children's Parade

Applications now open!

The Children’s Parade promises to be even bigger and better next year – we will have a record number of 1500 children taking to the City’s streets! We’re asking groups to choose their favourite classic children’s stories and recreate them using costumes, puppets, song and dance.

Don’t miss this spectacular event - get your group involved! The Parade will be held at 12:45pm on 27 June.

Contact Phillipa at the Festival for more details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or download the application form by clicking the link below...

Click here to download the 2014 Parade Application Form

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29 July 2013
Written by jess
posted: Monday 29 July 2013

That's it for another year!

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As the Festival artists head home and the rain settles in we are already preparing for next years Festival.

There are several ways you can make sure you're ahead of the game and find out first about next year:

Become a Festival Friend

Benefit from

  • priority booking and advance information to make sure you always get the best seats in the house
  • invitations to exclusive events
  • opportunities to meet Festival artists
  • dedicated newsletters and special offers
  • and much more!

If that's not for you then why not sign up to our Festival e-newsletter - you'll receive our monthly email whcih contains all the latest news and information about the coming Festival and any other special events we have planned throughout the year.



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15 July 2013
Written by editor1
posted: Monday 15 July 2013

BBC Radio 3 - Ian Ritchie Interview

If you weren't lucky enough to snap up a ticket for Metamorphoses at the Andaz Masonic Temple you can still get a flavour of the inspiration behind it. Follow the link below to listen to Festival Director Ian Ritchie discuss the themes and inspirations of this truly unique event, as well as a chance to hear two movements from Britten's Six Metamorphoses after Ovid played live by saxophonist Simon Haram.

Ian also takes time to reflect on his time at the helm of the Festival, drawing on personal highlights from the past eight years.



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04 July 2013
Written by editor1
posted: Thursday 4 July 2013

Festival Photo Highlights

It has been a glorious start to the of the Festival, with a spectacular array of classical music, contemporary circus, exhibitions and fantastic free events.  Take a look at these photo highlights from the first two weeks of the Festival:


Barry Douglas at Stationers' Hall

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The Blue Trees in Festival Gardens


Brodsky Quartet in Drapers' Hall


Circa present How Like An Angel at St Batholomew-the-Great

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CBSO & CBSO Chorus perform Britten's iconic War Requiem at St Paul's Cathedral

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Irish Dancing on Hampstead Heath

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Irish Roots on the Heath - Family Day at Hampstead Heath

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Fun for all the family on Hampstead Heath


The Children's Parade begins at Guildhall Yard



Festival Children's Parade

Stephen Raw Expo

Stephen Raw at the opening of his exhibition Was It For This The Clay Grew Tall?

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Urban Playground at Devonshire Square


Photo credit: Robert Piwko

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22 May 2013
Written by editor1
posted: Wednesday 22 May 2013

Festival artists win at RPS Music Awards

Many congratulations to Festival artists Britten Sinfonia and pianist Steven Osbourne, who won prestigious accolades at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music awards last week. Britten Sinfonia was awarded the coveted Ensemble award, and Steven Osbourne took the Instrumentalist award. Both of these award-winning artists can be seen as part of this year's City of London Festival – tickets are selling fast for Britten Sinfonia, presenting a stunning programme of Stravinsky, Vivaldi and Britten at Mansion House on Thursday 27 June at 7:30pm, and Steven Osbourne accompanies violinist Alina Ibragimova in their sell-out performance at Goldsmiths' Hall on Tuesday 9 July at 7.30pm.

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24 April 2013
Written by jess
posted: Wednesday 24 April 2013

Former Edinburgh Festival Fringe Director appointed as new City of London Festival Director

Paul Gudgin announced as City of London Festival Director

The City of London Festival today announced the appointment of Paul Gudgin to succeed Ian Ritchie as Festival Director.

Paul’s expertise spans all corners of the festivals world. He was appointed Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in April 1999, where he oversaw a considerable expansion and international growth, with ticket sales doubling from 800,000 to 1.6 million during his eight year tenure. Following his time at the Fringe, Paul went on to establish his own consultancy working on a wide range of festival projects internationally with organisations such as the British Council, the Australian Centre for Event Management, Ontario Arts Council and Events Tasmania. Previously, Paul has also held posts at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Bury St Edmunds Festival where, over five years, he extended the event from a small cluster of productions into a busy sixteen-day festival described by The Times as “one of the best small Festivals in Britain” and one of the regions’ cultural highlights.

Paul Gudgin said:

It is a real privilege to be a part of this great festival, which annually reflects on the extraordinary history, architecture, people and ambition of this city. I am excited to be given the opportunity to develop a vision to take the Festival into the future.” “As we explore the numerous possibilities offered by the post-Olympic cultural legacy there has never been a better time to build on the potential offered by the Festival’s incredible 50 year history to showcase the very best that the City has to offer.

The 2013 Festival - Director Ian Ritchie’s final edition after eight years at the helm – takes place between 23 June to 26 July and will offer another entertaining, innovative and thought-provoking programme reflecting on the ideas of war and peace and also the theme of trees. The creation of major projects and new works has been inspired by significant anniversaries, notably the 400-year relationship between the City of London and Derry~Londonderry and the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht; and the Festival also celebrates the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten – one of Britain’s most important composers. For further information please visit our what's on page here.

Image credit: Paul Gudgin at Grange St Paul's Sky Bar

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16 April 2013
Written by jess
posted: Tuesday 16 April 2013

Help us bring the City to life this summer!

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We are looking for bright and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer as stewards for the City of London Festival 2013. As a volunteer steward you get fantastic opportunities to enjoy a wide range of indoor and outdoor performances, including dance, classical and contemporary music, walks and tours. You’ll also have a chance to get a sneak peek into some of the City’s most beautiful and unique venues that are usually closed to the public. The shifts are flexible and can suit your availability.

If this sounds like an opportunity that you don’t want to miss, please contact Kathryn on 020 7583 3585 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 17 May 2013.

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25 February 2013
Written by jess
posted: Monday 25 February 2013

Festival Conference - Worlds in Collision: Music & the Trauma of War

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Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June – Mansion House

As part of the 2013 programme, we are delighted to announce the Worlds in Collision conference, in partnership with The Musical Brain.

Placed at the heart of the Festival – and the City itself – this two-day conference will address a number of important questions. What is the relationship between art and war? How are emotional experiences reflected in music and poetry? Is human creativity itself therapeutic?  The event brings together musicians, music therapists, arts practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, philosophers, historians and soldiers to examine these important questions that are central themes to this years City of London Festival programme.

The conference falls naturally into two inter-related parts, over two days:

Friday 28 June - The Application of Music to the Trauma of War considers Music Therapy and its use in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other disorders as a result of conflict. The day will also address the potential application of music in the rehabilitation of returning troops from the current theatres of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with their attendant PTSD problems.

Saturday 29 June - The Response of Music to the Experience of War examines music and creativity from the other direction, through artistic works that have been influenced by the pity of war, before concluding with a concert by military band and solo singers in the Mansion House’s glorious Egyptian Hall at 6.00pm (this event is also open to the general public)

Booking opens for the conference on Tuesday 12 March (visit or call 020 8404 1327 to book) ahead of the full Festival programme on Tuesday 11 April (tickets available here).

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05 February 2013
Written by jess
posted: Tuesday 5 February 2013

City of London Festival 2013

Festival Procession

The City of London Festival begins its next half century after a hugely successful 2012 season, which saw record audiences attend our Golden Jubilee events. Festival Director Ian Ritchie, recently awarded for his 'imaginatively themed festival programmes' (Evening Standard), has curated a 2013 Festival that promises to excite, in what will be his final Festival after eight years at the helm. Read more about the 2013 Festival themes by clicking here.

Booking opens for the full programme on Thursday 11 April, with priority booking for Festival Friends from Thursday 4 April. Click here to find out how to become a Friend.

If you can't wait until then, visit our Book Now page to book your tickets for some of the summer's highlight performances.

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06 December 2012
Written by jess
posted: Thursday 6 December 2012

Sign up now for the Festival Children’s Parade

The Festival Education team is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers.

The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers have kindly offered to donate a pair of fruit trees to three schools who they feel have best responded to the theme “A Forest in the City – Fruit Trees” as part of the Festival Children’s Parade on Friday 28 June 2013. This is an exciting chance to win some very special trees to be planted at your school so we’ve decided to open applications early for the Parade – download your application form here.

The procession itself will weave through City streets and feature forest-inspired artworks, costumes and banners, with a centrepiece project involving a number of local schools and artist-led workshops using tons of the City's recyclable waste.

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06 December 2012
Written by jess
posted: Thursday 6 December 2012

Brodsky Quartet world première – details revealed

On 27 November, Festival Patrons enjoyed a special evening at Gresham College with the Brodsky Quartet's Paul Cassidy.

Paul talked about a new song cycle which the Brodskys will première at next year's Festival with the mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg, before taking it to other walled cities including Derry~Londonderry, Utrecht and Jerusalem. The concert will take place at Drapers' Hall on 24 June.

Trees, Walls and Cities will feature songs by local composers and poets, brought together in a suite composed by the international humanitarian, Nigel Osborne.

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06 December 2012
Written by jess
posted: Thursday 6 December 2012

Alina Ibragimova returns to the Festival

If you weren't lucky enough to see the amazing violinist Alina Ibragimova in the Festival this summer, you’ll be delighted to hear that there is another chance to see her perform at our 2013 Festival.

Following her sell-out concert with the OAE at Mansion House this summer, Alina, accompanied by the gifted pianist Steven Osborne, will play a programme including works by Prokofiev and Arvo Pärt (9 July, Goldsmiths' Hall).

In a recent feature about Alina in The Guardian, her playing was described as ‘compulsive’ and ‘electrifying’.

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