Emily Hall

Emily Hall’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!). First up is composer Emily Hall, who’s new opera Folie à Deux receives its London premiere on 6/7 June, alongside a weekend of curated…

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Playlist: Baroque Horn Concertos

Associate Artist and rising stars of early music La Nuova Musica are heading to East London this summer. In their final performance they’ll be joined by virtuoso horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill, whose sensitivity and technical wizardry dazzled crowds during our Winter Festival 2013. So you don’t have to wait until June, we’ve put together a playlist of their…

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Festival Firsts: Introducing Armonico Consort

This year you can catch the Armonico Consort at our Summer Festival for the first time. As they’ll be making their festival debut, we thought we’d introduce them to you. Who are the Armonico Consort? Armonico Consort started out in 2001, founded by their conductor Christopher Monks. They’re an unusual group, not just a choir they are also an…

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Five facts about Purcell

Dido & Aeneas, Purcell’s classic operatic love story, comes to this year’s Summer Festival with the Armonico Consort and soprano Elin Manahan Thomas. Inspired by this, we thought we’d surprise you with five facts you may not know about English baroque composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695): According to rumours, Purcell could compose well at the age…

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Unexpected Places: Geffrye Museum

This summer we’re heading back to the Geffrye Museum, East London’s amazing museum that explores homes and 400 years of how we live. It’s an unique opportunity to spend an evening exploring its beautifully crafted interiors and hear music from some of the Royal Academy of Music‘s most exciting performers matched to the rooms you’ll be in.…

Ghosts of the Tower of London

The Ghosts of the Tower of London

This summer we’re heading back to the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London. It’s an amazing place and is resting place to some of the most famous names in English history. Who are they? We’ve put together a quick fire rogue’s gallery of some of the Tower’s famous names  …

Musical Rumpus

Listen: A Fairy Queen in the Forest

This summer we’re bringing Musical Rumpus: A Fairy Queen in the Forest back to Spitalfields. Enter a world of fairies and fantastic animals in a magical forest, full of sounds and colours to explore. June’s a long way away though, so we’ve put together a playlist of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, performed by The Sixteen, so you can…