In the House… with a flute

In our final stop on the tour of last Winter’s In the House project, which saw student composers and performers from the Royal Academy of Music collaborate on brand-new site specific works, we reach 10 Folgate Street. The building has had a colourful history of inhabitants and the compact upstairs sitting room, along with the unusual nature of the In…

Gettin’ to know you: Cathy

This time it’s the turn of our swashbuckling Programme Manager: Learning & Participation, Cathy to bare her soul for the blog! What was the first gramophone cylinder you bought? * Sadly my penchant for a nice charity shop bargain hasn’t yet stretched to a phonograph, though I did once have a tinkle on a player…

In pictures: the award-nominated ‘We are Shadows’

As many of you may have heard, we’ve been fortunate enough to be shortlisted twice(!) for this year’s RPS Music Awards. In the RPS Music Award for Learning & Participation category is last Summer’s fantastic We are Shadows – our opera project that was two years in the making and involved over 300 participants of all ages…

CLoSer: Jazz Finale

So we’re just over a week away from the last instalment of the current CLoSer series, aptly titled Jazz Finale. The City of London Sinfonia and conductor Clark Rundell will be joined by the celebrated jazz pianist, Gwilym Simcock in a programme showcasing his improvisation skills alongside musical gems by Darius Milhaud, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. If you…

Spitalfields Speaks returns

Spitalfields Speaks is making a return! A couple of years ago we worked with five extraordinary local characters, who along with sound artist Duncan Chapman created five very different downloadable audio works which offered unique alternative perspectives into the East End of London that we love. I’m excited to announce that it’s time for Spitalfields Speaks…

Midsummer Street Party – the main stage

A riotous collection of artists representing the variety of colourful cultures in and around the Spitalfields area will be gearing up to take to the main stage at our Midsummer Street Party. The performances kick off with a veritable gaggle of schoolchildren from local schools showcasing their singing talents. Next up brass group is the…

A ‘Fire’ starter

If you passed by the Attlee Youth & Community Centre last week you may have wondered – as did the guys who turned up for their usually quiet Tuesday evening football match – what was going on as scores of people poured in through the door. This was the first gathering of the “Fire choir”,…