Four Elements - Air

Saturday 25 January


£ 15/10

Concession: Students and under 18s

Join us for the second of our 'Four Elements' season and enjoy a lively programme of air-inspired pieces.

The concert opens with ‘Short Ride in a Fast Machine’ by Adams which evokes the excitement and terror of a ride in a sports car. Discussing the inspiration for this piece, Adams said, "You know how it is when someone asks you to ride in a terrific sports car, and then you wish you hadn’t?".
Next, we're delighted that Leonardo Pinho is joining us as the soloist for Glière's Horn Concerto. (Naturally, we're showcasing the wind section in a concert dedicated to air.)

The concert ends with Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony which has a famous swan motif in the third movement, inspired by the flight of 16 swans.


  • Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

  • Glière: Horn Concerto in B-flat major

  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Conductor: Thomas Payne
Soloist: Leonardo Pinho

Tickets are on sale now. Our last performance at Cecil Sharp House sold out quickly, so do book now to reserve your place.

Future concert - Four Elements - Earth

Saturday 4 April


£ 15/10

Concession: Students and under 18s

Join us for the third of our 'Four Elements' season and enjoy a lively programme of earth-inspired pieces.

The concert opens with Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen  Suite”, the opera’s first act reworked for orchestra. The tale is one of a vixen Sharp-Ears living surrounded by forest, nature and faune. Sharp-Ears is captured by a forester, but then flees after bringing much disruption to its fellow captivity companions.


The concert continues and ends with the wonderful Symphony Number 4 by Mahler, centred around a song composed earlier by Mahler, “Das himmlische Leben”, which presents a child’s vision of Heaven. The symphony explores several deep topics such as nature, mountains, animals, humanity, love, life and death. The second movement depicts  the contrast between Earth and hell, and is followed by a beautiful finale exploring the contrast between Earth and heaven.



  • Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen Suite

  • Mahler Symphony No 4

Conductor: James Ham

Soloist: TBA

Tickets are on sale now, do book now to reserve your place.

About the Orchestra


The London City Orchestra was formed in January 2013 since then has worked itself to the foreground of the classical music scene in London. Run by a Board of Trustees and its elected Committee, the orchestra’s mission is to nurture aspiring musicians and non-professional music making throughout London, the Southeast and the UK.

The orchestra performs a minimum of three concerts per season, and rehearses weekly on Mondays from 7pm - 9.30pm, in the City of London.

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