My first two weeks… as a MAASer

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The six MAASers (Music Animateur Apprentices) came together for the first time for our training day last week. Phil Mullen, our incredible leader for group work and leadership, described us as “the Marines of music leadership”, which is a bit scary! Phil’s session made me think about lots of aspects … Continue reading “My first two weeks… as a MAASer”

Songs in the wires

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One of our more unusual concerts, Songs in the wires, boasts an impressive and varied line-up bringing together performers and composers from Fables – A Film Opera. Taking Melanie Pappenheim, Rebecca Askew and Mara Carlyle – three incredible contemporary singers, who draw on a wide range of musical styles – … Continue reading “Songs in the wires”

Update: Opera in Pieces

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Learning & Participation Programme Director, Clare Lovett, gives us a slice of the action from the Spitalfields Music extravaganza Opera in Pieces. Back from my much needed summer holiday and incredible trip to Japan and right back to work with a bang… the first set of auditions for our new … Continue reading “Update: Opera in Pieces”

Artist Focus: Retrospect Ensemble

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Unlimited in their choice of historical repertoire, Retrospect Ensemble is on a journey to explore a vast range of music with a fresh approach. Founded and directed by Matthew Halls, they enjoy an annual Wigmore Hall series, international concert engagements and a relationship with the Korean National Opera. Not only … Continue reading “Artist Focus: Retrospect Ensemble”

Intern Diaries: My first two weeks… Part II

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And so I arrived at Spitalfields Music on a bright sunny day towards the end of September to begin my six month Learning & Participation internship. The first week whizzed by – meeting staff, gradually learning how the organisation works and more particularly, scratching the surface of the many projects … Continue reading “Intern Diaries: My first two weeks… Part II”

Artist Focus: Carmina Chamber Choir

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We’re very excited to be hosting Iceland’s Carmina Chamber Choir at the Winter Festival. With a name easier to pronounce than Eyjafjallajökull, they will be making their London debut in Spitalfields with an all-Icelandic programme. Founded in 2004, by their director, Árni Heimir Ingólfsson, they specialise in the undiscovered but … Continue reading “Artist Focus: Carmina Chamber Choir”

What does Spitalfields Music mean to you?

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During this year’s Summer Festival we asked members of our audience, the local community and others with close links to us, what Spitalfields Music meant to them. Here’s a little of what came back: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuE-8Z33zuI&w=500] [video by Andy Weir] See more videos about and by Spitalfields Music on our YouTube … Continue reading “What does Spitalfields Music mean to you?”

Intern Diaries: My first two weeks…

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I was coming up the narrow staircase to the Spitalfields Music office. The tube strike had meant that I’d been given an extra hour off work, a luxury I was more than willing to take! I walked in to gatecrash the Team … Continue reading “Intern Diaries: My first two weeks…”

Artist Focus: La Nuova Musica

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Among the many Monteverdi inspired concerts on offer at this year’s Winter Festival is La Nuova Musica, one of Europe’s newest and most exciting early music ensembles, is joining us once again! Lead by counter-tenor and conductor David Bates, La Nuova Musica have performed in various settings including a late … Continue reading “Artist Focus: La Nuova Musica”