A musicians perspective: Fruit of Silence

Close up of Violinist Jane Carwardine standing playing the violin in a cathedral

Ahead of the Fruit of Silence Concert on 17 October, City of London Sinfonia's Principal Second Violinist Jane Carwardine talks about the up and coming performance and visiting Cornwall.

Have you been to Cornwall before?

I don't know Cornwall well; I've only been to Truro a few times before, but I have always had fond memories whenever I’ve visited. I have an old friend who has recently moved to Truro, who I’m excited to see during this tour – he loves and is involved in the local music scene (and is very interestingly an oceanographer who does frequent trips to the Antarctic!).

What is special about playing in Truro Cathedral?

Playing in all cathedrals is very special as they are remarkable buildings. My first occasion playing in Truro Cathedral was when I was a student and I was asked to do a concert; to play the Brahms Requiem conducted by Richard Hickox, who was of course the original founder of City of London Sinfonia (originally named the ‘Richard Hickox Orchestra’).

I also remember having a free morning nearby and sitting by a creek at the time of my finals. It was the most beautiful summers’ morning and that moment really helped to destress me.

How does the roaming experience of CLS concerts feel – does it give a different connection between you, the musicians, and the audience?

The roaming experience of our concerts—when we're playing in different parts of the building—gives us a sense of how the building works, as well as its beauty, and I think the audience also recognise this, making it a more immersive experience for everyone.

What do you like about performing with cathedral choirs?

The existence of all cathedral choirs is something to really cherish. They are part of a unique tradition that we have in this country that has continued over centuries, so it is really wonderful to be able to work with and make music with them.

For more information and to read about the up and coming concert given by City of London Sinfonia and Truro Cathedral Choir visit our What's On page.