Latest news from the City Music Foundation - September 2014
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From our Patron Simon Callow
Last year I received the exceptional honour of the Freedom of the City of London. Since boyhood I have been haunted by the City, its history, its imagery, its traditions. One of the most vital of those traditions is the City's association with music. Since at least 1350, The Worshipful Company of Musicians has proudly celebrated the noble art. I vividly remember a City of London Festival when I was a youth, in which The Yeoman of the Guards was performed with full son et lumière effects at the Tower of London, and Sir William Walton was specially commissioned to write a splendid piece for the City – A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table. Since then the Barbican Concert Hall has opened, and the London Symphony Orchestra has become resident orchestra. Music is everywhere in the City, as it should be. So when last year's Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Roger and Clare Gifford, asked me become a Patron of their new charity, the City Music Foundation, I said yes straight away - not only because of the ancient association of the City with music, but because it looks so keenly to the future. Its raison d'être is to help young musicians at that critical difficult early point in their careers, right at the beginning, after their training, when they attempt to launch themselves into the world. The Foundation nurtures, encourages, and supports them at a vulnerable moment in their lives. I know very well what that feels like - young actors face exactly the same problems; sometimes really gifted, exceptional artists fall by the wayside. The CMF exists to make sure that that doesn't happen. Countless talented musicians will owe their subsequent success to it; what a fantastic contribution. I am very proud to be associated with it.
September sees our inaugural Professional Development Workshop for all CMF Artists. This two-day event features speakers from all areas of the music industry: from managers and promoters to media execs and acclaimed actors, all connecting with our musicians about their area of expertise. The informal sessions will give our musicians the opportunity to learn more about the business side of the music industry and to ask for advice directly from a team of experts. Stay tuned for more details following the event! 
CMF is delighted to be helping St Mary-le-Bow Church celebrate the 50th anniversary of its rebuilding with an evening of opera in St Mary-le-Bow Churchyard on Wednesday 24 September at 6.00pm. Our thanks go to Aberdeen Asset Management and Blüthner Pianos for their generous support of the event. All are welcome to join the celebration - more information here.
In the next CMF Newsletter...
Meet our 2014 CMF Artists!
Where to see our Artists in September and October: 

Mari Poll
26 September: Bartok Violin Concerto No.2 with Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Norwegian Radio House, Oslo

16 October: Recital with Mihkel Poll at Estonian Concert Hall

Tir Eolas
1 October: Purcell Room, supporting Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker 

13 October: Royal Albert Hall, as part of Music for Youth's Primary Proms

21 October: Sage Gateshead 

28 October: Kings Place

Cordelia Williams
11 October: Recital at Salisbury Cathedral 

29 October: Recital for Kendal Midday Concert Club

Alastair Penman
1-6 October in Serbia with Borealis Sax Quartet

7 October: Borealis Sax Quartet  album launch at Forge Camden 

Claire Iselin
27 September: Sidney Nolan Trust Concert at The Gallery, Presteigne (Powys)

Bridie Jackson and the Arbour
Autumn Tour 2014 starting on 12 September and taking in Manchester, Ramsbottom, Allendale, Stockton, Whitstable, Northampton, London, Gateshead, Aylesbury, Bristol, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow, Berwick and Darlington!
Our 2013 Artists: Miriam Nerval, Mikhail Nemtsov, Mari Poll, Alastair Penman, Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, Claire Iselin, Cordelia Williams and Tir Eolas 
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