We’re delighted to announce our full 2017 festival line-up. We’re thrilled to be working with André de Ridder, one of the most influential and daring conductors in music today, to curate this year’s festival. André first appeared at the Spitalfields Festival with Judith Weir in 1999 whilst a student at the Royal Academy of Music and it’s fantastic to welcome him back and share his festival vision with you.
This year’s festival is packed with extraordinary international artists and visionary collaborations. Drawing on our core founding values, we will bring together artists, audiences and communities to experience outstanding early music interpretations and ground-breaking contemporary work, in intimate and inspiring locations.
Check out the full programme here and as ever, the concerts will sell out, so book soon to avoid disappointment.
“With this festival we have ambitiously aimed at making each event, each evening a festival in its own right. No programme will be presented by just one ensemble or soloist, but by a gathering of different artists and line-ups, exploring musical worlds and ideas in a myriad of ways.
Creating a dialogue between old older masters and contemporary composers and performers, our major projects House of Monteverdi and Schumann Street are more than just pure representations of iconic works, building bridges between different musical genres and styles, and into the 21st century. Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner’s installation There will be two wars reflects some of the themes explored in these large-scale events in relation to the work and ethos of the seminal post-hardcore band Fugazi.
We welcome as our guest and featured composer the internationally acclaimed Anna Thorvaldsdottir and shine a light on young French-British composer Josephine Stephenson. We present new works by composers best known as members of cult bands Factory Floor (Nik Colk Void), Dawn of Midi (Qasim Naqvi) and Brandt Brauer Frick (Daniel Brandt), exposing and supporting their own independent creative output. We also collaborate with young creative voices in Tower Hamlets through Platform (Electric Counterpoint) and Schumann Street Reimagined to re-invigorate the relevance of this seminal music.
We invite you on this boundless musical journey of discovery and exploration throughout Spitalfields Music Festival 2017.”
André de Ridder, Artistic Curator
We look forward to seeing you this December!