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Interview: composer & performer John Barber

We’ve worked with John Barber for many years, from his magnificent composing of community opera We Are Shadows with librettist Hazel Gould to his work on the Big Sing in 2008. John is now joining us as both a performer and composer at our Summer Festival, so we took a moment to talk to him…

Spitalfields Music Summer Festival 2012

The greatest song of all time?

After their sell-out performance at last year’s Winter Festival, The Sixteen return with a sacred and sensuous set of Palestrina, Victoria and new works by John Barber all inspired by the Song of Songs. The Song of Songs is an immensely influential biblical text which has remained a vast source of inspiration for composers from…

In pictures: the award-nominated ‘We are Shadows’

As many of you may have heard, we’ve been fortunate enough to be shortlisted twice(!) for this year’s RPS Music Awards. In the RPS Music Award for Learning & Participation category is last Summer’s fantastic We are Shadows – our opera project that was two years in the making and involved over 300 participants of all ages…

EXCLUSIVE: Opera in Pieces update

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 from our Neighbourhood Schools, and…

Update: Opera in Pieces

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 commission Opera in Pieces, our…