31 March is here and what do Papa Haydn, Rene Descartes, Diaghilev and Al Gore have in common? Birthday cake! For me though, it is the end of my six-month internship. I cannot believe how the time has flown since my arrival at the end of September. I’ve seen the … Continue reading “Intern Diaries: My time as an L&P intern!”
We had a fantastic time during the Winter Festival, and we hope those who attended did also. Here are a few photos of our favourite festival moments and events: [slideshow] Photograph credits: Celine Smith and Sabine Tilly
As a newcomer to Spitalfields Music, I was a little nervous but all of the staff and volunteers were very welcoming. Being a festival steward involved a variety of tasks each night. I welcomed people outside the church, sold programmes and showed people to their seats. There were some pretty … Continue reading “A Volunteer’s View”
As we head in to the New Year, Acting Executive Director, Sarah Macnee shares with us the highlights of the remaining Winter Festival concerts. In the New Year we have two more wonderful Monteverdi concerts as well as Paul Agnew’s exploration of Monteverdi, Opera & Beyond on Thursday 6 January. … Continue reading “Winter Festival Highlights”
The Winter Festival starts today! We cornered Programme Directors Kate Wyatt (Festivals) and Clare Lovett (Learning & Participation) and asked them about what goes into programming the Winter Festival and Learning & Participation events. Listen for a sneak preview of Winter Festival artists, Club Moxie (Aspirations programme students) and Fables – … Continue reading “Winter Festival Webcast”
Today we have the next installation of our 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…David Bates”
Today we have the next installation of our 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…Paul Sartin”
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”
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.
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
This Friday evening was different though, this Friday three quarters of “Team Comms” were heading out on a mission to find out more about Streetwise Opera!