In review: our 40th anniversary Summer Festival

This year’s Summer Festival came to a close with eight nights of immersive circus and music in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, bringing together world-class artists and local performers for an ethereal journey through the underworld. We’re please to share some photo festival highlights of our favourite moments with you.

We also stacked up some great reviews. Mark Berry of Seen and Heard International praised Peter Wiegold and Martin Butler – musical directors of King Arthur – for their witty reimagination of Purcell’s masterpiece: “Peter Wiegold and Martin Butler have worked some wondrous, never-to-be-quite-repeated magic with Purcell here”. Tom Stewart from The Cusp enjoyed Multi-Story Orchestra’s handling of Bryars’ minimalist classic Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet: “The orchestra’s sound was perfect for the pensive harmonies, and the alto flute and vibraphone lent the work an otherworldly sweetness”. For Medium, Giuseppe Marasco heralded DEPART as “an incredibly rich experience” highlighting the acrobatics piece in the finale in which “lives seem like rare and dancing flames”.

We’ve had some great feedback on Twitter too:

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A big thank you for all those who came to celebrate 40 years of music-making and we hope you can join us again for our 40th anniversary this Winter!