The Spitalfields Music Winter Festival 2013

The Spitalfields Music Winter Festival will transform this cold winter into a magical thing with sounds that will definitely capture your ears. In the area’s iconic and hidden spaces you will discover early masterpieces, contemporary music, intimate performances and events for all ages.

Spitalfields Music began as a classical music festival 36 years ago, inspired by Christ Church, Spitalfields. Hawksmoor’s masterpiece was under threat of demolition but even in its run-down state, it was a wonderful space in which to hear music.

From a single event in 1976, the Festival soon began to grow and expand into a range of venues programming early and new music. None of the venues were formal concert halls and a characteristic informally emerged. In 1989 work with local schools began and a learning programme was founded and in 1996 a Winter Festival was added in December each year.

This winter the festival will run from 6th – 17th December 2013.

So let’s enjoy the cold season with performances that will bring joy to our hearts!

 

 

A Tale of Two Seasons

When: 6th December, 6pm – 8.50pm

La Serenissima explores two sides of Vivaldi: The energetic young man and the older, craft composer. It’s a sparkling opening to the Winter Festival starting with a discussion with Adrian Chandler about Vivaldi and the music behind the myth.

 

Where: Shoreditch Church, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is between £5 and £25.

 

Join the Crowd

When: 7th December, 2.30pm – 6pm

Come and join a free afternoon workshop of Crowd Out, a new piece for 1000 voices.  It’s a free afternoon workshop exploring the piece ten onto the bandstand for wintery singing.

Where:  Shoreditch Church, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street

The entry is free.

 

Lights on Arnold Circus

When: 7th December, 5.30pm – 6.30pm

It’s a wintery celebration of music-making and mulled cider, plus the Bandstand Switch On with lights by Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread.

 

Where: Arnold Circus Bandstand, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street.

The entry is free.

 

Orgelbuechlein at the Tower of London

When: 7th December, 7pm – 8.30pm

The intimate performance of Bach’s “Orgelbuechlein” following a short talk, tranquil and impassioned hymns by Purcell.

Where: Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, the nearest Tube Station is Tower Hill.

The ticket price is between £25 and £18.

 

Market Live Sessions

When: 8th December, 3pm – 8pm

In partnership with a selection of popular eateries there will be offers of dining deals alongside performances throughout the afternoon.

 

Where: Leon from 3pm – 4pm, Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street; Bedales from 5pm – 6pm, Tube Station is East Ham; Canteen from 7pm – 8pm, Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street

Entry is free by ordering food and drinks.

 

Sound Explorers: Frederick the Bold

When: 9th December, 11am – 12pm

This musical adventure is especially crafted for young ears.

Where:  Shoreditch Church, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street.

The ticket price is £5.

 

Remember me: A Desk Opera

When: 9th – 10th December, different starting times

It’s an opera which tells the story of an imagined friendship between doomed opera heroines, Dido and Eurydice. Complete with film, orchestral pit visit, interval refreshments and a live performance, this playful and imaginative operatic curio celebrates every aspect of opera.

Where: Rivington Palace, the nearest Tube Station Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is £12.

 

Insight: Arun Ghosh: Winter Rasa

When: 10th December, 6pm -8.45pm

Arun Ghosh uses the spirit and language of jazz with different styles from across the musical spectrum. In Winter Rasa he combines melody and mysticism as he travels through the pagan and folk origins of seasonal music from Jerusalem to Andalusia. The concert will start with a short discussion

Where: Shoreditch Church, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is between £5 and £15.

 

Toynbee: Fragments of other Lives & Times

When: 10th – 15th December, different starting times

Geraldine Pilgrim creates a journey through the past and the present at Toynbee Hall and Studios.

Where: Toynbee Studios, the nearest tube Station is Aldgate East

The ticket price is £12.

 

Musical Rumpus: Mudlark Dances

When: 11th December, starting at 10.30am and 12pm

It’s a special opera for babies (0-2 years old) following the adventure of a young east London boy.

Where: Rich Mix, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is £5.

 

The Hilliard Ensemble’s 40th Birthday Party

When: 11th December, 6pm – 8.45pm

The Hill Ensemble celebrates their birthday with music spanning 500 years. Before the concert, you are invited for a short talk to get a view inside.

Where: Shoreditch Church, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch high Street

The ticket price is between £5 and £25.

 

Crows’ Bones

When: 12th December, 7pm – 8.45pm

Murdered lovers and kisses that kill; an evening of ghost songs and melancholic ballads that will send shivers down your spine.

Where: Shoreditch Church, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is between £5 and £15.

 

La Nuova Musica with Lawrence Zazzo

When: 13th December, 7pm – 9.10pm

Countertenor Lawrence Zazzo joins La Nuova Musica to perform songs of love, war, death and passion. First will be a talk to get a view insight.

Where: Shoreditch Church, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is between £5 and £25.

 

The City of Rebellious Delight

When: 14th December, 1.15pm – 2.30pm

Women sing East and the Tubthumping Chorus explore protest songs from the Bishopsgate archive.

Where: Bishopsgate Institute, the nearest Tube Station Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is £5.

 

Britten Sinfonia and Stian Westerhus

When: 14th December, 7pm – 8.45pm

Stian Westerhus re-imagines his critically-acclaimed album with Britten Sinfonia. You can visit the talk about it too which is taking place before the concert.

Where: Shoreditch Church, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is between £5 and £15.

 

A Musical Feast

When: 15th December, 7pm – 10pm

The Musical Feast is a seasonal treat of fine food and fine music in the award-winning Galvin La Chapelle. The ticket price includes a two-course meal with coffee and petit fours.

Where: Galvin La Chapelle, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is £55.

 

A&O Singers

When: 16th December, 1pm – 1.50pm

Take a delightfully different lunch break with musicians from Allen & Overy.

Where: Christ Church Spitalfields, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is £5.

 

Messiah

When: 16th December, 7pm – 9.30pm

Handel’s masterpiece receives The English Concert treatment in Christ Church Spitalfields.

Where: Christ Church Spitalfields, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street.

The ticket price is between £5 and £35.

 

Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients

When: 16th December, 8pm – 9.15pm

Follow the lives of some everyday heroes in Kate Tempest’s award-winning new production. Kate Tempest is a poet and spoken word artist.

Where: Shoreditch Church, the nearest Tube Stations is Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is between £5 and £15.

 

Takeover

When: 17th December, 2.30pm – 3.15pm

A festival in a day programmed and run by seven-year-olds. Come and hear more.

Where: Shapla Primary School, the nearest Tube Station is Tower Hill

The entry is free.

 

The Sixteen

When: 17th December, 6pm – 8.45pm

The Sixteen close our Winter Festival with a short talk followed by the soaring harmonies of Britten and Poulenc.

 

Where: Christ Church Spitalfields, the nearest Tube Station is Shoreditch High Street

The ticket price is between £5 and £35.

 

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