What’s on this winter: Seasonal staff picks

Where can you see intercultural improv followed by the best of Benjamin Britten? Read on to find out more.

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Our new programme is brimming with exciting things to see and hear. Members of the Spitalfields Music team share with you what they’re most looking forward to at our Winter Festival 2013:

I’m really looking forward to our project with Opera North – Crows’ Bones. I think Shoreditch Church looks beautiful during the winter time and will be the perfect setting for a spine-tingling evening listening to ghostly ballads performed by several of the folk world’s most prolific artists. I’ll be sipping warm apple juice and soaking up the eerie but no doubt magical atmosphere with a mince pie from Leila’s bar.

Who knew selecting an event could be so difficult! I’m flicking through our festival brochure and am torn between Takeover! at Shapla Primary School and the Market Live Sessions.  I can’t wait to see what the Year 3s at Shapla Primary School have created while I’m also very excited by the prospect of doing my Christmas shopping in the market to the sounds of folk and jazz.

Geraldine Pilgrim’s installation at Toynbee Hall/Studios called TOYNBEE: Fragments of Other Lives & Times is going to be a must-see. I’m excited to see how she transforms the space and responds to the rich history of the building and the work that goes on there.

I can’t wait to experience Claudia Molitor’s ‘desk operaRemember Me. I know that it won’t be like any previous opera experience I’ve ever had and Claudia’s music as I’ve heard it before is utterly beguiling. With just 24 other people in the audience for each performance this event promises to be a really special experience.

Clarinettist Arun Ghosh’s Winter Rasa promises to be something really special as he combines jazz, blues, Indian ragas and Andalucían music. His multi-genre music constantly defies definition, and the ensemble line-up sounds equally as diverse with tabla, oud, taiko drums, piano, and vocals.

As a lifelong fan of both Benjamin Britten and the festive season, I cannot wait to hear Britten’s Ceremony of Carols performed by The Sixteen and the Opera North Children’s Chorus on Tuesday 17 December. Taking place at the exquisite Christ Church Spitalfields, I can’t imagine a better place to hear the work’s haunting harp solo, and alongside a programme of Poulenc and medieval carols, this really is a Winter Festival must.

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