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”
a filetta arrive at this year’s Winter Festival with their director, Jean-Claude Acquaviva who was just 13 years old when he founded this exceptional group! The group are known throughout Europe for their stunning performances of Corsican polyphony including folk songs and hymns. They’ve even dabbled in film soundtracks (including … Continue reading “Artist Focus: a filetta”
Our Winter Festival returns in December with a mix of old and new interpretations of Monteverdi’s nine books of madrigals, polyphonic singing from all around Europe and Fables – a new collaboration with Streetwise Opera. EXAUDI We are pleased to welcome back La Nuova Musica who will open the festival … Continue reading “Winter Festival Preview!”
Our Summer Festival ran from 11-26 June with over 65% of audience members making their first visit to the Festival and over 10,000 people attending!! That’s a record! We had a fantastic time, and we hope those who attended did also. Here are a few photos of our favourite festival moments and events: … Continue reading “Summer Festival 2010”
In February 2010 Vital Arts and Spitalfields Music worked together to bring live music to families and new born babies on the maternity ward at the Royal London Hospital. The musicians performed and taught a selection of lullabies from around the world. With the help of willing families they also wrote simple songs in Arabic, Bengali, Somali … Continue reading “Lullaby Diaries (Final Part)”
Spitalfields Music is very proud to be working with two extraordinary artists, John Barber and Hazel Gould, who have been commissioned to develop a brand new community opera that will premiere in our Summer Festival in 2011. Currently a work in progress the opera will involve singers from our Neighbourhood … Continue reading “Opera in Pieces”
The Summer Festival may be over but there is still plenty of exploring to be done through Spitalfields Speaks, our free, downloadable sonic guides. Working with artists Marcia Farquhar and Duncan Chapman, five local residents have created their own individual sound pieces that provide unique perspectives into the area, revealing … Continue reading “It’s time to throw out the guide-book and open your ears….”
In February 2010 Vital Arts and Spitalfields Music worked together to bring live music to families and new born babies on the maternity ward at the Royal London Hospital. The musicians performed and taught a selection of lullabies from around the world. With the help of willing families they also wrote simple songs in Arabic, Bengali, Somali and English.
am very fortunate to have been a steward for three events at Spitalfields Music’s Summer Festival this year – In the House and a couple of concerts with Harry Christophers & The Sixteen – and have enjoyed every minute of it!
The Xenakis Pavilion is still up in Old Spitalfields Market and is well worth a visit. We couldn’t resist playing on it during our lunch! The best thing about is that you don’t need to know anything about music and you can’t play it wrong (no persistent scales that you have … Continue reading “Xenakis Pavilion”