Festivals & Commissions

Our two music festivals have very different characters. The Summer Festival in June is the bigger and more eclectic in its programmes and locations. The Winter Festival in December is more intimate and heart-warming for the end of the year. But they have much in common – esteemed professionals perform alongside local people, remarkable venues give events an informal and personal character, programmes are very much of the area, often made by or with our local neighbours – and above all they celebrate music at the heart of Spitalfields.

Spitalfields Music has always placed an emphasis on new music, both by commissioning new work and presenting premieres. Alongside our tradition of showcasing early music, our prolific commissioning and championing of new music represents a belief that an art-form must live and constantly reinvent. In 2000 as outgoing Artistic Director, Judith Weir started a New Music Commission Fund to ensure that the charity could commission each year without having to apply for funds.