Song in the City is a registered charity that takes classical music out of its comfort zone.
Through the seemingly traditional genre of song, Song in the City revolutionises the relationship between classical musicians and their audiences through imaginative concerts and social projects. Since 2011, the charity has produced over 125 concerts, commissioned a new song cycle, released its world premiere CD and launched Creative Madness in Song; its flagship social project.
Song in the City is more than your average classical venue. We programme concerts around inventive and often challenging themes, bringing talented singers and pianists (many of whom come from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, as well as other London music colleges) to the heart of the Square Mile, in the intimate and beautiful setting of the Hall at St Botolph without Bishopsgate. We also seek to collaborate regularly with performers from other artistic disciplines, such as actors and dancers.
Our regular FREE concerts take place on Monday Lunchtime at 1pm (c45 mins). We design these concerts around a central theme, often with a cast of several singers performing in each concert, taking you on a week-by-week journey. We also stage occasional evening concerts.
We also believe in commissioning new music from young composers, and especially by them working with real-live performers directly. In 2012, we commissioned a new song-cycle called ‘Voices of London’ from 4 young composers, who wrote directly for 4 Guildhall School singers. The new songs set poetry inspired by London, and The World Première was held on 9 October 2012 at Christchurch Spitalfields. A CD of the song cycle was released in December 2015.
Continuing our commissioning work, we are currently expanding our ethos of stepping out of our comfort zone by undertaking a project called ‘Creative Madness in Song’.