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L&P Project Snapshot #8: Circulate

This year our Learning & Participation programme celebrates its 25th birthday, and in the next of our Project Snapshots we’re taking a look at Circulate, a 2010 project in which we worked with young people to programme and produce their own live events.   In 2010-11 Spitalfields Music worked with a small group aged between 14…

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Interview: composer Sam Hayden

This Winter Festival French quartet Quatuor Diotima are bringing a programme of new music to Spitalfields. Alongside music from Gérard Pesson, and Bartók, they’ll present Jonathan Harvey’s String Quartet No.3 and give the premier performance of Transience, a new work by Sam Hayden. We caught up with Sam to ask him more about the piece ahead of its premiere. When did you first write a piece of music,…

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Festival Firsts: Introducing Siglo de Oro

This year we’re welcoming festival newcomers Siglo de Oro to our Winter Festival. We’ve caught up with Patrick Allies, their founder and director to find out more about the group and what to expect when they come to Spitalfields this December. You’re coming to Spitalfields for the first time this December, who are Siglo de…

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L&P Project Snapshot #7: On Spital Fields

Throughout this year we’re celebrating 25 years of our award-winning Learning & Participation programme and exploring some of the highlights since 1989. This time we’re looking back to 2005 and Clare Stevens’s interview with Jonathan Dove, composer and former Artistic Director about his community cantata written for Spitalfields Festivals.   On Spital Fields was devised by…

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Winter Festival 2014 video trailer

Still not sure what to come to in our Winter Festival this year? Not to worry! Our Programme Director: Festivals, Kate Kelly, takes you through some of the festival’s highlights, from early music performances by The Sixteen, Iestyn Davies and The English Concert, to contemporary works from Quatuor Diotima and Scanner. There’s also an elements…

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Video: What is an auditory hallucination?

  This winter The Clerks are returning to Spitalfields with a programme that explores musical memory in a new work of live and recorded sounds which goes from music by JS Bach to Webern and back again. It’s been put together by Edward Wickham with Music by Christopher Fox. In it they’ll look at the way we hear, remember and recall…

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Clare Salaman on Nine Daies Wonder

We can’t wait to welcome The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments to Spitalfields this December, and intrigued by their name, we thought we’d talk to their director Clare Salaman to find out more about the society and Nine Daies Wonder. “It’s a bit of a riot at times, but there are moments of reflection too.”   The Society…