New classical orchestra makes its debut on kids’ TV show

THE new Docklands Sinfonia orchestra set up in London’s Canary Wharf at the beginning of the year has landed a break with its first TV appearance. It performs on the new BBC1 series Clash tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4.35pm, while its next live’ concert is at Limehouse on July 17

THE new Docklands Sinfonia orchestra set up in London’s Canary Wharf at the beginning of the year has landed a break with its first TV appearance on a kids’ talent show.

It performs on the new CBBC series Clash tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4.35pm, on CBBC kids’ channel, while its next live’ concert is at Limehouse on July 17.

The orchestra was asked to film for the show just a few weeks after its formation in January.

Clash’ is a new series in which Radio 1 DJs Bobby Friction and Nihal join musically-talented children in a head-to-head contest to turn two well-known classical pieces into pop tracks.


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“It was incredible being asked to film for the BBC just a few weeks after our first rehearsal,” said conductor and founder Spencer Down. “It has given us a fantastic goal to aim for.”

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The TV show follows the orchestra’s appearance at last month’s Canary Wharf Docklands Discovery’ festival and its sell-out first concert in March at Limehouse.

The Docklands Sinfonia is staging a Summer Loving evening concert on July 17 at St Anne’s Church in Limehouse at 7.30pm, with guest performers Raven all-female string quartet, in a programme featuring Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

Tickets, �10 (box office), �12 (door) and �8 (concessions), available by email here or 24-hour phone line on 07827-568992.

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