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City Summer Sounds Festival line-up announced

City University London’s annual free music festival will run from 23rd May – 13th June 2014

City University London is delighted to announce the line-up of performers and artists for its annual free music festival.

The festival comprises three weeks of music featuring City's wealth of talented performers and composers alongside guests and friends of the Department of Music at City University London.

Festival highlights include: City's Symphony Orchestra performing Saint-Saëns' Egyptian nullConcerto and Grieg's Symphonic Dances, The Department's Ensemble in Residence, Plus-Minus, will present new works by student composers and, City's student-led Big Band will bring the curtain down with a classic repertoire from the 20th Century.

Professor Stephen Cottrell
, the Head of City's Department of Music, said: "We are thrilled at the festival programme we have organised. It demonstrates the rich talent of our students and the incredible range of musical interests that exist in the Department."

Week 1 - The City University Symphony Orchestra with soloist Ben Schoeman (piano) and conductorAnthony Weeden will return to LSO St Luke's to launch the festival with Saint-Saëns 'Egyptian' Concerto. Audiences in the first week will be treated to concerts featuring works by student composers, a performance by the City Experimental Ensemble, Annie Yim (piano) and Ian Pace (piano), and the City University Chamber Choir, conducted by Tim Hooper, will perform at Wesley's Chapel on City Road.

Week 2
- The Department of Music's third year performance students take the stage in the second week of the festival, with concerts each night showcasing the range of instrumental and vocal talents within the Department. Jennifer Lee (piano) will perform for Wednesday's lunchtime concert, which will feature Unsuk Chin's Etudes and Schumann's Fantasie in C.

Week 3 - The City Opera Ensemble will open the third week, performing a collection of semi-staged scenes from classic operas. Plus-Minus, the department's Ensemble-in-Residence, will give the first performances of a range of undergraduate student compositions. Recitals by Jonathan Chen and Jennifer Lee (violin/piano) and Mark Knoop and Gwanaelle Rouger (piano duo) will include works by Benjamin Britten and Michael Beil. City's student-led Big Band will close the festival with an evening of classic repertoire from the 20th Century.

For full listings please download the festival brochure or visit the festival website

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