So here we are, at the point which five months ago looked so far away but has arrived more quickly than a speeding kangaroo. (Happy Australia Day!)
My final few weeks at Spitalfields Music has seen the wrapping up of the brilliant 2010 Winter Festival, with some truly amazing performances of Monteverdi’s madrigals. Since then, the office has become very reflective, evaluating all our activity since June. It got me thinking about all the things I’ve had to do while being an intern (which as it happens, was a lot!). Writing press releases, designing e-flyers, managing leafleters, formatting programme book text, learning how to use Twitter, lots of social networking, writing blog posts, engaging local press, distributing publicity, market researching, time on Facebook, creating Spotify playlists, website management, recording a webcast, planning sessions with big felt-tip pens, and engaging with all parts of Spitalfields Music’s programme. I guess I’ve been pretty busy!
It’s very sad to be leaving a team that is as brilliant and fun as Spitalfields Music’s. I’d like to thank everyone for the opportunities, advice, and laughs I’ve had since I sat down in that first team meeting, unsure of what exactly was going on!
Marketing & Communications Intern (Sept 2010 – Jan 2011)
We had a fantastic time during the Winter Festival, and we hope those who attended did also. Here are a few photos of our favourite festival moments and events:
Photograph credits: Celine Smith and Sabine Tilly
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Annabelle in action © Celine Smith
As a newcomer to Spitalfields Music, I was a little nervous but all of the staff and volunteers were very welcoming. Being a festival steward involved a variety of tasks each night. I welcomed people outside the church, sold programmes and showed people to their seats. There were some pretty big turn-outs at the concerts, so we were all kept busy beforehand!
The acclaimed Italian ensemble La Venexiana began the second half of the festival with Monteverdi madrigals. The sheer beauty of this Italian genius’ music and the blend of voices seemed to go down very well with the audience. Thursday was probably the highlight of the January concerts for me, the acclaimed tenor Paul Agnew gave a highly informative lecture-recital about the development of recitative. I didn’t know much about this topic, so it was interesting to hear from a specialist baroque singer. The programme was really varied and dramatic and made me realise how important recitative is in opera. Friday gave us two concerts, the first the exciting vocal group EXAUDI, who also sang Monteverdi madrigals. Again, another hit with the audience. The a capella sound certainly suited the acoustics of Christ Church Spitalfields. Then, the Retrospect Ensemble ended the Festival on a real high as they presented a selection of virtuosic instrumental works from Monteverdi’s contemporaries. I was totally amazed by the inventive writing of these composers and the skill of the performers.
So, all in all, three wonderful nights. Being a steward is very enjoyable and I would definitely recommend volunteering, if you’d like to do something good for the paying public and see concerts given by some of the best artists in the business. Roll on the Summer Festival!
Spitalfields Music Festival Steward
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Tonight we have the last two concerts of our Winter Festival. A fantastic double bill beginning with the wonderful EXAUDI in what will be a stunning rendition of Monteverdi’s Third Book of Madrigals at 6.30 pm followed by Retrospect Ensemble with a programme of Italian instrumental music exploring the styles and aesthetics of the Baroque era (8.30pm). There will be tickets available on the door for both of tonight’s performances (Cash & Cheque only).
We hope to see you there but if you’re unable to make it, don’t fret – we’ll be announcing our fantastic line-up for Summer Festival 2011 in February and we promise it won’t disappoint!
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For our final instalment of the Spitalfields Music staff’s picks from the Winter Festival and the rest of cultural London, we have Marketing & Communications Intern, Michael sharing his favourite forthcoming events.
The concert I’m most looking forward to this festival is Monteverdi, Opera & Beyond (6 January) being given by some of the most renowned names of the English early music scene. In addition to the superb tenor Paul Agnew, there is harpsichordist, Mahan Esfahani, gambist Jonathan Manson and lutenist David Miller – a truly great line-up! Their exploration of recitative (an unusual take on the Monteverdi madrigal strand running through this winter’s programme) also allows them to touch on some lesser known gems, such as Nicholas Lanier’s epic Hero and Leander, as well as some more well-known items from Henry Purcell.
After a well-earned rest following the end of the festival this week, I’m quite looking forward to mezzo-soprano Christine Rice and pianist Roger Vignoles in concert at the Wigmore Hall on Sunday 16 January. The programme includes some real musical gems, such as chansons by Debussy and Poulenc, and Britten’s brilliant Cabaret Songs.
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