Sinfonia Cymru & Kabantu: Close to Folk

Sinfonia Cymru & Kabantu: Close to Folk

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Saint Matthias Church

Wordsworth Road, London, N16 8DD
Quand ?

samedi 15 juin de 18:30 à 21:30

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À partir de £9

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Blurring boundaries and borders, inspired by the music and poetry of Britain

World music collective Kabantu joins forces with innovative Welsh chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymru to blur the boundaries between genres, taking inspiration from the music and poetry of the British Isles. Playing brand new
music, written and devised by the players from both ensembles, Close to Folk is a stunning celebration of people and culture.

The two ensembles forge in this new collaboration to unravel new marriages of music from around the globe, celebrating the space where different cultures meet. This is autonomous music, bridging orchestral and traditional folk music with an open book of genres and countries. An egalitarian, collaborative and creative process, bypassing the conductor and composer to give the music back to the musicians, this new sound world defies genre and embraces sheer joy in music from all over the globe.


Reinventing Global Sounds, Throwing Away the Rulebook, Kabantu is a quintet from Manchester who unravel new marriages of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures collaborate.

"An exciting future ahead" – Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3

"Kabantu" means "of the people" - stemming from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu - "I am what I am because of who we all are". This is autonomous music bridging countries and cultures. An egalitarian creative process to defy genre and embrace sheer joy in music from all over the globe.

"Utterly brilliant" – Georgia Mann, BBC Proms

Highlights so far include performing at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, live sessions for BBC Free Thinking Festival, BBC Radio 3 In Tune, World on 3 and an array of prestigious festivals and venues across the UK including The Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Celtic Connections, Musicport, Spitalfields Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. Kabantu are the winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition 2017.

Sinfonia Cymru

Sinfonia Cymru is a mould-breaking chamber orchestra from Wales.

“First-class music-making” – Wales Arts Review

Sinfonia Cymru musicians are some of the best and most talented young professionals of their generation, passionate about performing and programming music for audiences throughout Wales and beyond. The orchestra regularly presents orchestral tours, chamber concerts and concerts in unusual places and spaces, creative learning projects, and cross-genre collaborations with musicians and composers across the wider musical spectrum.