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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!

Fable

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

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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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036j5nk

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:

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Barry Douglas at Stationers' Hall

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The Blue Trees in Festival Gardens

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Brodsky Quartet in Drapers' Hall

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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

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The Children's Parade begins at Guildhall Yard

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Festival Children's Parade

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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 www.themusicalbrain.org 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

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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.

0845 120 7502
colf.org

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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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