What is an Electromagnetic Harp?

This summer Emily Hall’s new work Folie à Deux will be premiered in London. In words and music by Björk collaborator Sjón and Associate Artist Emily Hall we’re led on a journey of love and madness. ‘Folie à Deux’ literally means ‘a madness shared by two’. It follows a couple who live next to an electricity pylon who share the delusion…

Teaser Tales from the Ditch

  Ever wondered what makes a true cockney? Join BAFTA Award-winning writer Alan Gilbey for an old-fashioned knees-up in The Ditch 5-7 December at Shoreditch Town Hall. But beyond the whelks and pearly buttons, below the streets of Shoreditch other tantalising stories wait to be discovered.​ ​Created by a large cast of local storytellers, authors and…

Illustration: Kieran Moore

Winter Festival 2014 video trailer

Still not sure what to come to in our Winter Festival this year? Not to worry! Our Programme Director: Festivals, Kate Kelly, takes you through some of the festival’s highlights, from early music performances by The Sixteen, Iestyn Davies and The English Concert, to contemporary works from Quatuor Diotima and Scanner. There’s also an elements…

Video: What is an auditory hallucination?

  This winter The Clerks are returning to Spitalfields with a programme that explores musical memory in a new work of live and recorded sounds which goes from music by JS Bach to Webern and back again. It’s been put together by Edward Wickham with Music by Christopher Fox. In it they’ll look at the way we hear, remember and recall…

Listen: Orgelbüchlein at the Tower of London

Listen to curator William Whitehead talk about The Orgelbüchlein Project This Winter Festival we’re heading back to the chapel at the Tower of London for the third instalment in the Orgelbüchlein Project. If you haven’t heard of it before, we thought we’d take a look at what the Orgelbüchlein is and what the project’s about. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein is a set of…

In video: Death Actually

Today GOTcompany will be joined by soloists Gillian Keith, Elin Manahan Thomas, Sofie Almroth, Clare Wilkinson, Sam Boden, Robert Murray, Jakob Bloch Jespersen, Matthew Brook, Sarah Dowling Dance Company and lively baroque sessioners Barokksolistene for Death Actually at Toynbee Studios. In a life-affirming celebration of all things baroque, this is anything but the typical early music concert. See a theatrical recreation of…

Listen: Global folk minimalism

Firefly Burning are bring their summery sounds to Wilton’s Music Hall in June. The 5-piece ensemble from East London combines art-folk song, minimalism and Javanese Gamelan to create intricate melodies and pulsing rhythms. Originally coming together as a free improv group, Firefly Burning moved towards collaborative writing in 2009 with their latest album Lightships being…