Vibrant Vivaldi

Our Summer Festival features a wide range of early music. A highlight is hearing one of Vivaldi’s lesser known works, La Senna Festeggiante, performed by renowned baroque orchestra The English Concert. Babies get the opportunity to hear this wonderful music too, at Musical Rumpus, a fun-filled journey down the River Seine. We have created a playlist to give you a…

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…

Listen: Sound Among Sounds

Electrify your senses as Emily Hall is joined by friends for a weekend of performances and installations inspired by her new opera Folie à Deux. Artists include cellist Oliver Coates, singer/songwirter Mara Carlyle, viol player Liam Byrne, composer/artist Mira Calix, organist James McVinnie and songwriter Puzzle Muteson. Check out some of their music and head to Spitalfields in June to see…

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…

Listen: John Tavener’s Lament for Jerusalem

This winter the Choir of London are coming to Christ Church Spitalfields with a late-night performance of music by John Tavener, one of the leading composers of our time. Choir of London performed Lament for Jerusalem in their first concert in 2004, and we’re so excited that ten years later they’re returning to share it with us in an…

Festival Firsts: Kwartludium with Scanner

This December we’re welcoming festival newcomers Polish ensemble Kwartudium to Spitalfields for the first time. They’re coming together with previous associate artist, electronic musician Scanner in a unique collaboration. Discover what comes out of the creative melting pot when we bring together two radical and experimental artists for an evening of music made from visual/graphic…