Category: Festival

Interview with Abigail Pogson

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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”

A Songs in the wires teaser

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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.

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

Artist Focus: EXAUDI

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Former Associate Artist James Weeks returns to Spitalfields this winter, this time with his extraordinary ensemble, EXAUDI. Co-founded with the fantastic soprano Juliet Fraser, this group are whipping up a storm in Britain’s contemporary music scene, showcasing exciting talent in both upcoming performers and composers. EXAUDI draws inspiration for its … Continue reading “Artist Focus: EXAUDI”

Fables – A Launch Party

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The Winter Festival is drawing ever nearer, and one particular milestone was the official launch of our collaboration with Streetwise Opera, Fables – A Film Opera. From a brisk walk through the cold, the Spitalfields Music staff arrived at Toynbee Hall to catch the end of a typically animated Streetwise … Continue reading “Fables – A Launch Party”

Songs in the wires

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One of our more unusual concerts, Songs in the wires, boasts an impressive and varied line-up bringing together performers and composers from Fables – A Film Opera. Taking Melanie Pappenheim, Rebecca Askew and Mara Carlyle – three incredible contemporary singers, who draw on a wide range of musical styles – … Continue reading “Songs in the wires”

Update: Opera in Pieces

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Learning & Participation Programme Director, Clare Lovett, gives us a slice of the action from the Spitalfields Music extravaganza Opera in Pieces. Back from my much needed summer holiday and incredible trip to Japan and right back to work with a bang… the first set of auditions for our new … Continue reading “Update: Opera in Pieces”

Artist Focus: Retrospect Ensemble

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Unlimited in their choice of historical repertoire, Retrospect Ensemble is on a journey to explore a vast range of music with a fresh approach. Founded and directed by Matthew Halls, they enjoy an annual Wigmore Hall series, international concert engagements and a relationship with the Korean National Opera. Not only … Continue reading “Artist Focus: Retrospect Ensemble”

Artist Focus: Carmina Chamber Choir

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We’re very excited to be hosting Iceland’s Carmina Chamber Choir at the Winter Festival. With a name easier to pronounce than Eyjafjallajökull, they will be making their London debut in Spitalfields with an all-Icelandic programme. Founded in 2004, by their director, Árni Heimir Ingólfsson, they specialise in the undiscovered but … Continue reading “Artist Focus: Carmina Chamber Choir”

Artist Focus: La Nuova Musica

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Among the many Monteverdi inspired concerts on offer at this year’s Winter Festival is La Nuova Musica, one of Europe’s newest and most exciting early music ensembles, is joining us once again! Lead by counter-tenor and conductor David Bates, La Nuova Musica have performed in various settings including a late … Continue reading “Artist Focus: La Nuova Musica”