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Spitalfields Music celebrates classical music in its widest sense, creating unforgettable live music experiences that bring unusual East London spaces to life. Alongside a series of pop-up events, we run an annual Festival, which started as a summer festival in 1946.
In 2017, we relaunched our festival model to bring in a guest artistic curator each year, starting with genre-defying conductor André de Ridder, whose programme celebrated classical music in its widest form. His festival centred on a core group of outstanding artists from across Europe, performing in varying set-ups across the nine days and creating a sense of each night being a festival within a festival. It also placed artists in cross-genre programme settings, creating new opportunities for contemporary music-creators and performers from different musical contexts to work together, and opening up new experiences for audiences. This Year our festival will build on the successes of 2017, examining the connections that span many centuries and genres of quintessentially English music, discovering a deeply innate sense of melancholy, lyrically and musically.
In a unique blending of old and new, we feature the greatest early music and pioneering contemporary pieces and musicians, all in some of the most exciting old and new venues across the borough of Tower Hamlets.