Saturday 30th October 2010 sees conductor Stephen Layton’s first London appearance with the City of London Sinfonia in his new role as Artistic Director. Layton succeeded the late Richard Hickox as AD in September this year and his reign promises a wonderful musical journey for the orchestra and audience alike.

Layton is joined by a starry cast for his debut including pianist, Martin Roscoe; guitarist, Craig Ogden and one of Layton’s own choirs, the Holst Singers. The programme includes a new piece by acclaimed Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds for guitar and orchestra as well as Arvo Pärt’s atmospheric Cantus in memorium Benjamin Britten. The programme combines the forces of strings and voices to optimum effect and a rousing finale is promised with Constant Lambert’s The Rio Grande, complete with puppetry and dancing, directed by Thomas Guthrie.

The full programme is as follows:

Benjamin Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge
Eriks Esenvalds: Song of Silence (concerto for guitar and strings)
Britten: Hymn to the Virgin
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in memorium Benjamin Britten
Britten: Chorale after an old French Carol
Constant Lambert: The Rio Grande

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