A riotous collection of artists representing the variety of colourful cultures in and around the Spitalfields area will be gearing up to take to the main stage at our Midsummer Street Party.
The performances kick off with a veritable gaggle of schoolchildren from local schools showcasing their singing talents. Next up brass group is the Gold Digger’s Brass Band who’s musical arrangements are completely original and not necessarily of tunes you would expect a brass band to play. The band draws its influence from legendary pop and soul artists such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, performing in the style of some of today’s outstanding ‘second line’ and ‘street’ brass bands such as Youngblood Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band and The Hackney Colliery Band. Expect quirky pop and funk covers with a New Orleans infused brass band twist!
She’Koyokh then takes to the stage in a stampede of sound – hailed as “Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music band” (Songlines) and winners of the Netherlands’ International Jewish Music Festival competition, the band’s evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London’s Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe. She’Koyokh is a Yiddish expression meaning “nice one!”
Spitalfields Music’s very own vocal group Spitalfields Singers will sing highlights from their repertoire – a busy day for them as you will also be able to see them perform later in the evening in our final event in Bishop’s Square. A huge event aptly named Fire involving 150 singers, fire artists and a new work by David Bruce – definitely an unusual spectacle not to be missed!
Just as you think you should be winding down Rhythms of the City blaze onto the stage in a riotous explosion of sound and energy. One of the UK’s premier samba percussion squads the group perform not only authentic carnival samba, but many other funky styles (salsa, soca, reggae, funk, hiphop…) with the same passion and energy. Rhythms of the City is the beating heart of London’s multi-award winning jazz community the F-IRE Collective. Drummers, singers, dancers, horns and guitars combine in a unique spectacle to get you up and moving!
Our final event of the day is Street Dance the Maypole, produced by East London Dance. It’s a swirling, twirling, funky maypole fusion – you’ll be able to learn a funky street dance routine, mix it with folkie maypole moves all to the sound of an English bagpipe player and a beatboxer. Sound intriguing? We look forward to seeing your fancy footwork!
Programme Director: Festivals
Posted in Festival, Local Area & Community
Tagged aretha franklin, Bishops Square, brass band, david bruce, East London Dance, f-ire collective, fire, Gold Digger's Brass Band, kate kelly, michael jackson, Midsummer Street Party, rhythms of the city, She'Koyokh, Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields Singers, stevie wonder, street dance the maypole, Summer Festival, Summer Festival 2012
Two months have passed since my last post and I’m now just over half way through my internship. The L&P calendar for Spring 2012 is super busy, full of really interesting and enjoyable projects. I was recently at a session in Osmani Primary School with a Year 3 class and they were starting work on a joint project with the Royal Academy of Music. I’m enjoying the variety of work that I’m experiencing as part of my internship and all the lovely people I’m getting to meet!
Neighbourhood Songs at the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival 2011
Recruitment has started once again for the two community singing groups, Spitalfields Singers and Women sing East. I’m really looking forward to working with both these choirs again and will be very sad to say goodbye to them at the end of this term! The Women Sing East concert in our Winter Festival was a definite highlight for me. With the support of Clare I was project managing this concert. As a musician I have played in many concerts, but this was the first time that I had been on the other side – managing the musicians! The concert was a huge success – the choir sounded absolutely fantastic and Laka sang a wonderful arrangement of the ‘Christmas Song’ to get us all in the Christmas spirit. This was a truly magical concert – my face muscles ached from smiling so much!
Kathryn Allnutt Learning and Participation Intern
Posted in Intern Diaries, Learning & Participation, Spitalfields Music
Tagged christmas, christmas song, Community Choirs, intern diaries, Intern diary, kathryn allnutt, laka d, learning and participation, Spitalfields Singers, women sing east
Our Learning & Participation Programme Director, Clare Lovett shares with us some of her favourite places in the area.
For thinking, meetings and catching up with friends: Skylight Cafe
I’m always on the lookout for great meeting spots, and I’ve recently discovered the fantastic Crisis Skylight Cafe on Commercial Street. The cafe is just beyond the hustle and bustle of the market, and has plenty of space to spread out! They have amazing coffee and cakes; lunch here is also delicious! Recent meetings have included discussions with potential Associate Artists and there’s usually a whole bundle of folks catching up and planning projects. It’s an inspirational space, which also happens to provide on-the-job training and experience for homeless people and ex-offenders. If you’re in need of a still point in a mad world of shopping, sightseeing or planning your next project, then Crisis Skylight Cafe is your thinking place.
For people watching, chilling out at lunch and spotting interesting Art: Bishops Square
There’s always something going on at Bishops Square. On the rare occasion that I can pause for lunch, it’s my top place to sit and watch the world go by. Recent activity has included a new installation of butterflies in jam jars, with confuses city workers and tourists trying to work out whether they’re real or not (they’re not)…the wonderful Spitalfields E1 Routemaster is often parked outside and there’s a real sense of relaxation before the onslaught of the afternoon stint of work. Grab a falafel wrap from Pilpel, or a hot sandwich from Golds and watch the world in microcosm!
Posted in Favourite Places, Local Area & Community, Staff Picks
Tagged Bishops Square, Bishopsgate Sq, comunity event, favourite places, my favourite place for..., neighbourhood songs, spitalfields music, Spitalfields Music winter festival, Spitalfields Singers, staff pick, winter festival, winter festival 2011
Joining the vibrant team at Spitalfields Music during the month leading up to the Summer Festival is an experience like no other. I have been able to observe, and participate in, the final yet critical stages of the work that goes into finalising this massive musical event. Many of the projects that are happening at the festival have been going on for a long period of time and are finally coming to the pinnacle of performance, as is the case with the premiere of the opera We are Shadows, which has been in the making for two solid years.
Wednesday evenings and Thursday lunchtimes are the times for choirs to be tended to, and of course, also participate in as well. Women sing East and Spitalfields Singers each have their own very distinct style, and both are wonderful examples of flourishing community choirs where the participants can create music whilst having a lot of fun. My time in the office has been one of learning more about the ‘’ins and outs’’ of running various education projects, with all of them at different stages in their development.
While the days here at Spitalfields Music are underlined by the constant and almost inaudible hum ‘Festival, Festival, Festival, Festival’, I also find it very exciting that several of my projects focus on what happens after the Festival ends. Being involved in the work that allows the Festival the flourish, as well as the projects that are sustained throughout the year has been the highlight of my time so far at Spitalfields Music. I can tell that each day gets more intense and exciting and I am eagerly anticipating my first Summer Festival; experiencing the events from the inside out. I’ll see you there!
Learning & Participation Intern
Image credit: Women sing East by Suke Driver
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 former Associate Artists The Sixteen, will be called:
We are Shadows.
Watch this space for more exclusive information on the project as we draw nearer to the Summer Festival!
Posted in Festival, Learning & Participation
Tagged Community Choirs, Hazel Gould, john barber, Learning & Participation, neighbourhood schools, Opera in Pieces, Spitalfields Singers, Summer Festival 2011, The Sixteen, We are Shadows