So unfortunately Summer seems to be fast-fading… Three-and-a-half days left of the Paralympics, children back to school soon, and it seems to be dark by 9.00pm.
However, we’ve just put the finishing touches on a 2 minute round-up of this year’s Summer Festival, giving you a flavour of what we got up to during 16 crazy days in June. Press play below to find out more (and to enjoy snippets of footage from The Opera Group, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Matthew Barley, La Nuova Musica & Vignette Productions, Alan Gilbey and more)
(And if that’s whet your appetite, we’ll being announcing full programme details for our Winter Festival 2012 on Monday 10 September, with booking opening on Monday 24 September at 10.00am)
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Tagged alan gilbey, associate artists, Gabrieli Consort & Players, la nuova musica, Matthew Barley, Summer Festival, Summer Festival 2012, The Opera Group, video, vignette productions
Hopefully many of you will be familiar with our ongoing audio exploration project inspired and generated from the local area, Spitalfields Speaks. (If you aren’t, you can find more information here on the blog, and also on our website.)
Toynbee Hall’s Inspire group (image by Joanna Moore)
This year’s incarnation saw three dynamic individuals take us on journeys around their own lives, working with Duncan Chapman. The fourth journey asked for members of the public to contribute their own sound suggestions alongside sounds gathered by young people from Toynbee Hall’s Inspire group at our Midsummer Street Party on Saturday 23 June. At the end of the day, these sounds were gathered together and transformed into a final collective journey in a live mixing session at the Water Poet’s Underground Cinema.
You can hear the outcome below and find further details about the project (including the other three journeys) on the Spitalfields Speaks page on our website.
Posted in Festival, Learning & Participation, Local Area & Community, Sounds
Tagged audio, duncan chapman, electronic music, Midsummer Street Party, Spitalfields Speaks, Summer Festival, Summer Festival 2012, toynbee hall, toynbee hall inspire, underground cinema, water poet
You may remember reading Rus Pearson’s blog (and if not you can here!) about working with pupils at Phoenix School earlier this year. With the project over and the performance done, Programme Manager Cathy Birch went back to school to talk over their memories and experiences – a visit from which has emerged this audio blog.
In it you’ll hear comments from students, workshop leaders & audience members; all accompanied by a piece Rus put together from recordings of our sessions.
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Tagged A Fairy Queen in the Forest, Amongst Friends, amsterdam baroque orchestra, An Immortal Legacy, Anne Garner, associate artists, bishopsgate institute, chaos & creation, christ church spitalfields, East London Dance, EXAUDI, fire, Gabrieli Consort & Players, gamelan lila cita, Harry Christophers, helen-jane howells, hidden gems, idea store, James Berry, laka d, Matthew Barley, maypole, Midsummer Street Party, musical rumpus, neighbourhood schools, new esperance morris dancers, nicholas collon, Old Spitalfields Market, Reviews, rhythms of the city, Royal Academy of Music, sankorfa ensemble, shoreditch church, Sounds of Spitalfields, Spire, Spitalfields City Farm, Spitalfields E1, st botolph without aldgate, Summer Festival 2012, super critical mass, tabla rasa, Talvin Singh, the fairy queen, The Opera Group, the protecting veil, The Sixteen, ton koopman, Undiscovered Spitalfields, women sing east
We’ve been speaking to the cast of The Opera Group’s Bow Down about their experiences of the production ahead of their performances in the Village Underground tomorrow. In the final instalment, Benjamin Mahns-Mardy tells us how different it has been to working on other projects.
Working on this piece has been an incredible experience. Not only due to the fact that Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s music is so different from anything I have worked on before, but also that the disciplines practiced by the ensemble (varying from being instrumentalists, actors, dancers and singers) allow for a really interesting interdisciplinary performance. If one then adds to this, the fact that each venue we are performing at is almost completely different, each venue adds another dynamic to the piece. For example, being at the Municipal Market in Brighton gave the piece, in my opinion a very industrial feel. However, at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, the venue being a clearing in a forest, with naked flames to light the performance space gave the piece a tribal, almost animalistic air. The feel of the piece will mostly likely change again at the Village Underground and at Latitude Festival. I also feel that the piece itself can alter the ‘mood’ of the venue for the audience due to its ritualistic nature.
Working with The Opera Group has also been fantastic. They have a well deserved reputation for commissioning and producing new Opera works. Now, although Bow Down is not an opera, it fits perfectly within the catalogue of works that this incredible company has performed. I very much hope to be able to work with The Opera Group in the future.
Wednesday 13 June, 6.30pm & 8.30pm
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Tagged benjamin mahns-mardy, Bow Down, brighton festival, contemporary music, harrison birtwistle, latitude festival, music & theatre, norfolk & norwich festival, Summer Festival 2012, The Opera Group, tony harrison, Village Underground