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Line Up for Spitalfields Music Summer Festival announced

8-23 June 2012

Artistic Associates:  Matthew Barley, the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Talvin Singh

Guest Artists include:

The Sixteen in a special Samuel Beckett premiere with theatre company Jericho House and composer Alec Roth  * London Sinfonietta and The Opera Group in Birtwistle’s Bow Down * Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra conducted by Ton Koopman * John Eliot Gardner and Monteverdi Choir * Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment * EXAUDI * Britten Sinfonia * London Handel Players * Night of the Unexpected *

La Nuova Musica * Melvyn Tan * Heath Quartet * Schubert Ensemble * Florilegium & Arakaendar Bolivia Choir * Mike Harding, Touch Records and Charles Matthews * Caroline Dale and Karen Jones.

Box Office: 020 7377 1362  (Mon-Fri  10am-6pm)  (24 hours)

Spitalfields Music Summer Festival returns in June with a series of concerts and events that reflect and are inspired by one of London’s most adventurous areas:  London E1. 

The Festival boasts some of the Capital’s most distinctive venues – from the splendour of Hawksmoor’s Christ Church E1, to the evocative Shoreditch Church, Bishopsgate Institute, Shoreditch Town Halland St Botolph without Aldgate, through to the edgier vibe of the Village Underground; from more intimate spaces, such as the 18th century English Restaurant and Liverpool Street’s long- forgotten Masonic Temple to the vibrant open air settings of Old Spitalfields Market and Bishop’s Square.

The programme, which features music drawn from 500 years, includes:

A focus on the lively Dutch musical scene includes a rare visit from the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, under its conductor (and founder) Ton Koopman and London’s first taste of the cult Amsterdam music mash-up ‘Night of the Unexpected’. 

Spitalfields Music commissions by Huw Watkins, Nicola LeFanu and Alec Roth feature alongside a new work by Tõnu Kõrvits.

 The music of JS Bach features prominently, from an all-Bach programme by the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra to a special night of organs and electronica in St Botolph without Aldgate, the world premiere by Melvyn Tan of 11 new piano variations of JS Bach’s

Each year Spitalfields Music’s award-winning Learning and Participation Programme reaches over 30,000 people.  Music rooted in Spitalfields finds particularly strong voice in the 2012 Summer Festival through a special series of events, including:

Contemporary choir EXAUDI leads a John Cage-inspired composition project at two local primary schools, with a performance of new works as part of the Festival

The Gabrieli Consort introduce Purcell’s Fairy Queen to toddlers in a special concert for younger audiences (with leading music animateurs Sam Glazer and Zöe Palmer

Festival performance of new compositions by young people with special educational needs, the culmination of a six-month long Spitalfields Music project with Phoenix Secondary School

Spitalfields community choir Women sing East in concert

The work of Tower Hamlets Music Education Services is highlighted in a showcase concert of Tower Hamlets young talent

Public Booking is now open, with a third of tickets available for as little as £5.


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