Our Winter Festival returns in December with a mix of old and new interpretations of Monteverdi’s nine books of madrigals, polyphonic singing from all around Europe and Fables – a new collaboration with Streetwise Opera.
We are pleased to welcome back La Nuova Musica who will open the festival and previous Associate Artist, James Weeks with leading contemporary choir EXAUDI to give a modern-day take on Book Three of Monteverdi’s Madrigals. World class interpreters of Monteverdi’s works – LaVenexiana –make their Spitalfields debut and leading British tenor Paul Agnew makes a rare London appearance in a programme showcasing the birth of opera.
We are also excited to present a fantastic joint commission with Streetwise Opera, thanks to our support New Music Commission Fund. Fables – A Film Opera is Streetwise Opera’s second venture into film following the incredible success of the multi-award winning My Secret Heart. Fables is a collection of short film operas, each created by Streetwise performers from across the UK, working with film-makers, visual artists and composers. The teams have created four striking seven-minute films spanning across the genres of opera, folk, electronica and film and each based on fables from the classic to the folkloric and the literary to the contemporary.
Spitalfields Soundings, our outdoor stage, will be returning to Spitalfields market featuring the best young talent from Tower Hamlets and our superb community choir Women sing East will also close the first part of the festival with a medley of contemporary, jazz and popular folk music sprinkled with festive songs to celebrate the season.
We hope to see you there!
Spitalfields Music Winter Festival
13-18 Dec 2010 & 5-7 Jan 2011
General booking opens Tuesday 28 September
020 7377 1362
[Photo credits: Winter Berries cr. Alys Tomlinson; Fables Nightingale cr. David Caines]