My Favourite Place: Rebecca

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Our new regular spot, featuring choice places around Spitalfields from the team. This week,  Rebecca Steel, Marketing & Box Office Assistant, shares hers: I absolutely love Thursday lunchtimes if only for the chance to browse the fascinating Antiques Market in Old Spitalfields Market. I love looking through all the random … Continue reading “My Favourite Place: Rebecca”

Interview with Abigail Pogson

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We caught up with our Executive Director, Abigail, at the launch party for ‘Fables – A Film Opera’, our collaboration with Streetwise Opera. Here she is telling us all about  Fables, the Winter Festival 2010 and our ongoing project, Opera in Pieces. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnOHiotPPJk] For more interviews & video clips check … Continue reading “Interview with Abigail Pogson”

60 seconds with… Árni Heimir Ingólfsson

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Welcome to the first installation of our new feature ’60 Seconds with…’! Over the coming weeks we will be posting quick and quirky interviews with the people behind the music at the Winter Festival. There’s no hard and fast rule with what we ask – most questions come from members … Continue reading “60 seconds with… Árni Heimir Ingólfsson”

My Favourite Place: Caroline

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We asked our staff to come up with their favourite places in the Spitalfields area  and why they would recommend them to others.  Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting their selections – you’ll be surprised at where they chose! This week it’s the favourite place of Caroline Went, Learning … Continue reading “My Favourite Place: Caroline”

A Songs in the wires teaser

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As promised in our last post about the deliciously enigmatic Winter Festival concert, Songs in the wires, we will be posting some teasers and exclusive information about the programme being crafted by the composers of brand-new production Fables – A Film Opera. This time, we have a little more on what song composer Emily Hall is planning:

Emily’s section of the programme displays some of her extraordinary song writing talent. Since 2006 she has worked with the writer and poet Toby Litt, whose beautiful words provide all the texts to Emily’s songs in our concert. Here’s one of the song texts, his poem, Lyric.

Lyric

What gentle kind of love is this,
a kind I have not known before,
which will not break its promises
or rip what it would repair?

A love not furious with itself
or with its object but concerned.
A love which when it gives itself
creates the love which is returned.

This love, both kind and be

Artist Focus: EXAUDI

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Former Associate Artist James Weeks returns to Spitalfields this winter, this time with his extraordinary ensemble, EXAUDI. Co-founded with the fantastic soprano Juliet Fraser, this group are whipping up a storm in Britain’s contemporary music scene, showcasing exciting talent in both upcoming performers and composers. EXAUDI draws inspiration for its … Continue reading “Artist Focus: EXAUDI”

Intern Diaries: Week Nine

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So since I last wrote for the intern diaries, at lot has been going on in the Spitalfields Music office. If you’ve read my previous post (if not, you should!) you’ll know that we officially launched Fables – A Film Opera almost a fortnight ago. Not only was this a … Continue reading “Intern Diaries: Week Nine”

Fables – A Launch Party

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The Winter Festival is drawing ever nearer, and one particular milestone was the official launch of our collaboration with Streetwise Opera, Fables – A Film Opera. From a brisk walk through the cold, the Spitalfields Music staff arrived at Toynbee Hall to catch the end of a typically animated Streetwise … Continue reading “Fables – A Launch Party”

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”