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Festival Firsts: Bridie Jackson and the Arbour

For the first time on June 11th, Bridie Jackson and the Arbour will be performing at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival. We thought we’d tell you a bit more about the band and introduce you to some of their great songs. Who are Bridie Jackson and the Arbour? Mixing traditional folk and classical influences, Bridie Jackson…

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David Bates’s Festival Picks

This Summer Festival is packed full of intriguing events. To help you navigate the programme, we’ve asked our Associate Artists to share what they’d like to come to (excluding their own events!). With just a month to go until our Summer Festival, we’re hearing from director of risings stars of early music La Nuova Musica, and Summer Festival…

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Shabaka Hutchings: Spitalfields Re-Sounded

This summer, Associate Artist Shabaka Hutchings is creating a new piece of music from the sounds around us. Over the last few months he’s been collecting the everyday sounds of Spitalfields and re-imaging them in a new piece for his band The Comet is Coming. At the start of the project we asked Shabaka to explain a…

Bawdy ballads: Meet The Carnival Band

This summer The Carnival Band bring the Big Ballads Project to East London telling the stories of a cast of unusual characters through the songs of the day, 17th-century ballads. Full of scandal, gossip and intrigue, balladeers were the tabloid journalists of their time, so come and get behind the headlines 1600s style. We’ve been…

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What is an Electromagnetic Harp?

This summer Emily Hall’s new work Folie à Deux will be premiered in London. In words and music by Björk collaborator Sjón and Associate Artist Emily Hall we’re led on a journey of love and madness. ‘Folie à Deux’ literally means ‘a madness shared by two’. It follows a couple who live next to an electricity pylon who share the delusion…

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Listen: Couperin Leçons des ténèbres

Couperin’s Leçons des ténèbres was a remarkable piece for its time. It combined the drama of the opera house with sacred devotional texts heard in church. Originally performed in a candlelit Parisian abbey, as the music unfolded, lights were gradually extinguished until darkness submerged the building. This summer Associate Artist La Nuova Musica share this mixture of the…

Field Notes

The Making of Field Notes

Possibly the most useful thing about collaborating with an artist is realising that the problems are the same whatever the discipline…art is the integration of all the elements in play so it doesn’t really matter whether it’s colour or whether it’s sound, whatever you take you somehow have to weald everything together. Howard Skempton, composer…