Category Archives: Through the Lens


This season, for the fourth consecutive year, we are working with emerging photographers from the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course at London College of Communication (UAL). Each of the student photographers will be mentored by Briony Campbell, as they attend rehearsals throughout the London Sinfonietta season and document the ensemble in their creative working environment, capturing special moments between the players and the music.

On Friday 18 November, we were thrilled to welcome each of them to their first session of the season with us, at our general rehearsal with Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset and his quartet in the beautiful LSO St Luke’s at Old Street. Have a look below at a selection of their work from the rehearsal.

Meet the photographers:

domizia-salusest-headshot-2Domizia Salusest is an Italian photographer based in London. As a storyteller, she uses her camera as her passport to discover stories and people. She participated in ECCE HOMO for Caritas, a photographic book and exhibition project for an Italian NGO. Here, she had the opportunity to photograph different aspects of the integration process for women that came from war-torn countries in Italy as political refugees. This project challenged her way of understanding reality and strongly influenced her later works. Today, her new challenge concerns the effects of the unpredictable event of “Brexit” on the new generation.

claudia-greco-headshot-2Claudia Greco was born in 1996 in Milan, Italy. She is focused on social and political themes such as the development and change of political parties around the European Union, particularly in response to the EU referendum in the United Kingdom.

She travels around Italy and Britain taking photos, and aims to expand her project to many other countries around the EU in the next few years.



Xingkun Yang is an international student studying photojournalism at the London College of Communication.

Xingkun sees photography as an extension of his thoughts and views and is really looking forward to documenting the London Sinfonietta through his own eyes this season.

You can view more of his work via his online portfolio here.






Last week we celebrated the end of a season long collaboration with photojournalism students from London College of Communication; capturing the life of the London Sinfonietta backstage.

To showcase the students’ hard work we held an exhibition at The Warehouse near Waterloo, raising over £400 in our silent auction! A live performance of Inside Colour by Deborah Pritchard was given by our Principal Violinist Jonathan Morton, paired with much consuming of Prosecco from our attendees. We’d like to thank everyone who came along to the evening for their support and enthusiasm. If you’d like to see the full array of images taken in our 2015/16 season, click here.


On Sunday 3 April we performed a night of experimentation at The Coronet Theatre, collaborating with many exciting artists including Fred Frith, George Lewis, Christian Marclay and Cassandra Miller.

Rehearsals for the eclectic event were photographed by London College of Communication student Ted Lamb, as part of our Through the Lens project. Throughout the season students will work with professional photographer and mentor Briony Campbell to document the life of the London Sinfonietta backstage.


On Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February, we performed the UK premiere of Michel van der Aa’s The Book of Disquiet.

The set up and rehearsals for this impressive piece were photographed by Ted LambMartin Cervenansky and Elena McDonough from London College of Communication, who are taking part in our Through the Lens project. Throughout the season they will work with professional photographer and mentor Briony Campbell to document the life of the London Sinfonietta backstage.


This season students from London College of Communication – Ted LambMartin Cervenansky and Elena McDonough – take part in our Through the Lens project. Throughout the season they will work with professional photographer and mentor Briony Campbell to document the life of the London Sinfonietta backstage.

Their next session took place at rehearsals for The Journey Between Us, at Southwark Playhouse on Thursday 11 February. Music from Samantha Fernando was conducted by Geoffrey Paterson and interspersed with short stories read by actress Lisa Dwan:


This season we welcome three new students from London College of Communication – Ted Lamb, Martin Cervenansky and Elena McDonough – to our Through the Lens project. They will work with professional photographer and mentor Briony Campbell to document the life of the London Sinfonietta in rehearsal, performance and backstage.


I am a documentary photographer doing work based around travel and experiences, and was recently awarded runner up in The Guardian’s travel photographer competition on the theme of colour. I have worked closely with live performance and theatre on several occasions with my father having worked as stage manager for The Old Vic in Waterloo. I would consider my work to be bright and colourful, focusing on a variety of subjects and looking particularly at the different ways people make a living and how they get by, no matter the location.


Martin Cervenansky

My name is Martin Cervenansky and I’m a freelance photographer based between London, UK and Bratislava, Slovakia. I was born in 1993, got my first camera in 2000 and moved to London in 2013, where I’m currently studying Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. I have worked on a wide array of projects ranging from editorial coverage of top level sporting events to documenting daily life in an impoverished, segregated community. My work has been published by several nationwide media outlets in my home country of Slovakia. My professional accomplishments include being shortlisted for Slovakia’s 2015 Picture of the Year Award, multiple Junior Awards at the international photojournalism competition Czech Press Photo, and my 2014 Slovak Press Photo came third place in the category of Sport Stories.


Elena MacDonough

Elena McDonough is a Scottish-Caymanian documentary photographer and artist based in London. With a focus on ecological issues she hopes to fuse her art and photography with conservation efforts and environmental education. Much of her work explores the relationship between man and nature.

The first Through the Lens photography session took place at rehearsals for our Stockhausen & Boulez concert on Saturday 5 December 2015 at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Conducted by Wolfgang Lishke, our photographers captured players from London Sinfonietta and the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble in action:


This season, three photojournalism students from London College of Communication – Aylin ElciClelia Carbonari and Tamara Craiu – have been working with us to document the life of the London Sinfonietta backstage. On Saturday 9 May, just after the General Election, they joined us at rehearsals for Notes to the New Government. We commissioned 16 composers to express their hopes for the future of society, in collaboration with poets, writers and performance artists.

As we reach the end of this season-long collaboration with the students, we celebrate their work on Thursday 28 May at our Through the Lens Exhibition. Pop into The Warehouse, near Waterloo, between 6-8pm to meet the photographers, enjoy a free glass of wine and view their best images. There is also the opportunity to take a print home through our silent auction, the proceeds of which will go towards the continuation of the project and to the students themselves. Click here to book your free ticket.

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