We’re delighted to introduce you to our three brilliant Associate Artists who are leading our Summer Festival programme this year: early music ensemble La Nuova Musica, composer, Emily Hall and saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings. Through their differing sound worlds they present a vibrant, refreshing and enticing series of events. We caught up with our artists during our Summer Festival photo shoot to find our more about them and the music they’re bringing to the Summer Festival.
La Nuova Musica
Led by charismatic conductor and keyboardist David Bates, ensemble La Nuova Musica has fast built a reputation for their compelling approach to baroque music. Their thoughtful programming and energetic performances have enraptured audience members at past festivals, and we’re delighted that they’re joining us as Associate Artists this year. In their series they present a range of experiences from bold and theatrical choral harmonies (Israel in Egypt) to the delicate and intimate with Couperin’s Leçons des ténèbres, as well as showcasing performers both internationally renowned and from the latest generation (Baroque Horn Concertos).
Saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist known for his imaginative ways of blending music from across the globe into a unique sound. In his Associate Artist series he investigates how we listen to the world around us and transforms our natural environments into music. Throughout the year he is collecting sounds from the local area to form an online sound archive (Spitalfields Re-Sounded Blog), which he turns into a new composition (Spitalfields Re-Sounded). He then unwraps elements of this piece on a journey through the places where the sounds were found (Spitalfields Re-Sounded Tour).
Composer Emily Hall’s music is acclaimed for clarity and directness, taking as much from classical music as it does from folk. Having delighted audiences at past festivals with inventive soundworlds, we’re thrilled to welcome her this June. Much of Emily’s work is forged through close relationships with singers and writers, and this series is no exception. This festival two new works see her collaborate with Icelandic writer Sjón to explore love and madness (Folie à Deux) and visual artist Caroline Bergvall in a new work for choir (Women sing East). Emily also welcomes a number of artists and friends to Rich Mix in Sound Among Sounds.