Category: Festival

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”

Artist Focus: Arte dei Suonatori

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Baroque orchestra (or rather “an orchestra in a baroque manner” as they describe themselves) Arte dei Suonatori has a prolific concert schedule averaging on nearly one hundred concerts a year, performing in various settings and instrumental combinations. Formed in Poland in 1993 the group originally consisted of Polish string and … Continue reading “Artist Focus: Arte dei Suonatori”

All smiles!

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One of our newest staff members, Camille shares her first experiences of a Learning & Participation workshop! Having only very recently joined the Spitalfields Music family, I am honoured to write my first blurb for the blog! This week I visited a singing and composition workshop at a primary school, … Continue reading “All smiles!”

Spitalfields Music recommends…

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We asked the team if they could only recommend one of our Summer Festival 11 events to a friend which one would it be and why? Here are a few of the answers they gave us: The event I can’t wait to see this summer is Michel van der Aa … Continue reading “Spitalfields Music recommends…”

Artist Focus: Joyful Company of Singers

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Now that booking has opened for the Summer Festival 2011 we’re going to crack on with our regular Festival blog features. This week we introduce the Joyful Company of Singers for the first Artist Focus post of the Summer Festival! The Joyful Company of Singers is one of Europe’s finest … Continue reading “Artist Focus: Joyful Company of Singers”

Summer Festival 2011

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Our Summer Festival 2011 events are now all online so take a look and see what takes your fancy! Highlights include Associate Artist series by The English Concert and Mica Levi, including an intimate dining-room performance and secret event at a rather unexpected location, the premiere of We are Shadows … Continue reading “Summer Festival 2011”

EXCLUSIVE: Opera in Pieces update

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We are very excited to announce the official name of the work which marks the culmination of our Opera in Pieces project. John Barber and Hazel Gould’s opera, which draws together performers from across the entirety of Spitalfields Music’s output, including our choirs Women sing East and Spitalfields Singers, performers … Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Opera in Pieces update”

Winter Festival photographs are here!

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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

A Volunteer’s View

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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”