MUSIC / Upbeat

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WHAT'S in a name? A new lease of life, it seems, where the Docklands Sinfonietta is concerned. Now rechristened Sinfonia 21 (though why exactly no one seems quite sure), the orchestra will be branching out in all sorts of new directions under its newly announced principal conductor Martyn Brabbins. First port of call will be the Midlands, where the orchestra will be resident at next year's Lichfield Festival, before moving on to Sussex to launch its own festival of ancient and modern music at Michelham Priory in August. Sinfonia 21, though, remains firmly anchored in Docklands, where it will be tailoring a three-year education project to the building of the Jubilee line extension and taking up residence at Canary Wharf for a series of lunchtime concerts in the summer.

SEEING double? You will be on 10 November, when the Multiple Births Foundation presents a gala concert of classical chamber music at St John's Smith Square. All the performers are twins.