Summer Festival 2014 in reviews

Our Summer Festival came to a close on Saturday 21 June as 2,000 experienced Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s momentous and moving piece Crowd Out at the historic Arnold Circus. It was a fantastic end to 16 days of superb music-making across some of East London’s most unique spaces.

We’ve enjoyed the reactions from both audience members and the critics alike, with many of the events in this summer’s programme receiving praise.

Our Associate Artists, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, received four stars from theFinancial Times for their opening concert The Muses of Zion, while the Telegraph enjoyed their collaboration with fellow Associate Artist Arun Ghosh in The Night Shift E1, calling it “A dreamy procession of musical flavours”.

The Sunday Times gave praise to our early music concerts this festival, making special mention of the “…scholarship and performance brilliance makes them uniquely enjoyable”.

Our music/theatre events also attracted attention from the critics, with Opera Erratica’s Triptychreceiving four stars from The Times for hailing the work as “…haunting and desperately poignant. Superb performances.” GOTcompany’s debut Death Actually also received four stars from theEvening Standard, and praise for “Nearly four hours of exuberant musicianship”.