Category: Festival

Summer Festival 2016

Revealing our 40th Summer Festival Programme

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This year’s Summer Festival is a special one, marking our 40th birthday. We’re bringing extraordinary music to unexpected places in East London, from museums, cafés and churches to markets and gardens. Festival favourites The Sixteen and The English Concert return to Spitalfields alongside a late-evening choral pilgrimage from acclaimed choir … Continue reading “Revealing our 40th Summer Festival Programme”

Interview: Joseph Crouch

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Academy of Ancient Music’s Principal Cellist, Joseph Crouch, takes time to talk to us about his life, career and AAM’s exciting programme for this year’s Summer Festival. You started out in music as a chorister, why did you decide to change direction and pursue the cello?  Necessity. I was one … Continue reading “Interview: Joseph Crouch”

What makes you think that you can sing?

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Arlene Adair shares her experiences of being a singer, performing in Women sing East and rehearsing for the world premiere of our community opera We are Shadows: “Do you honestly think that you can sing?” The words of my eldest, my first born, daughter pierced my brain bringing what I … Continue reading “What makes you think that you can sing?”

New Event! – An Alehouse Session

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You may have already noticed an exciting new event slip into the Summer Festival line-up this month! An Alehouse Session is being brought to Spitalfields by early music ensemble Barokksolistene alongside members of I Fagiolini. Barokksolistene describe the music of Alehouse as “folk-songs and melodies played and sung at the … Continue reading “New Event! – An Alehouse Session”

Women sing East

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Watching Women sing East rehearse for their performance on Wednesday night was a joy and a revelation. Having heard so much about the all-female choir from my colleagues at Spitalfields Music I was interested to find out for myself what all the fuss was about! Coming into the performance hall … Continue reading “Women sing East”

60 seconds with…Rhodri Davies

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Today we have the first Summer Festival installation of our feature 60 Seconds with…! In the build up to the Summer Festival we will be posting interviews with a variety of Festival artists . This week we spoke to harpist Rhodri Davies. As well as the harp, Rhodri also plays … Continue reading “60 seconds with…Rhodri Davies”

Spaces of Blank

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We are very excited to be welcoming the BBC Symphony Orchestra to Spitalfields this summer for the UK premiere of Spaces of Blank by sort-after composer Michel van der Aa. The incredible mezzo-soprano Stephanie Marshall sings alongside orchestra and soundtrack in this beautiful and imaginative work. Bas van Putten has … Continue reading “Spaces of Blank”

Artist Focus: Polar Bear & the Neil Cowley Trio

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British experimental jazz quintet, Polar Bear have a long-standing reputation as one of the most exciting bands on the UK jazz scene. Led by drummer Seth Rochford, the band brings together tenor saxophonist Pete Wareham, Tom Herbert on double bass, second tenor Mark Lockheart and Leafcutter John on guitar and … Continue reading “Artist Focus: Polar Bear & the Neil Cowley Trio”