In pictures: 25km for 25 years

On Saturday, we walked 25km around Tower Hamlets to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Learning and Participation programme and to raise money to help us continue our work. After a quick warm-up with workshop leader Julian West, we set off on our walk through Spitalfields and Whitechapel, around the Isle of Dogs, up to the Olympic Park…

L&P Project Snapshot #3: Takeover (2013-4)

Takeover Festival is a project which enables primary school pupils to become amateur producers with responsibility for the programming and production of their own miniature festival. Over several weeks, the children work with our music leaders to programme events, write and perform their own songs, and market the festival to the rest of the school.…

In pictures: Musical Rumpus on tour

Earlier this month Musical Rumpus returned with a bell-ringing, foot-stomping interpretation of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, The Mountain Shakers! We toured the new show in libraries and community centres across Barking & Dagenham and Newham reaching just under 800 babies and adults in two weeks. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! You can also…

Crowd Out: the journey begins

Earlier this month, we packed our bags and headed up to Birmingham for a weekend all about Crowd Out, a large-scale composition for 1,000 voices written by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang. This is our Director of Learning and Participation Clare Lovett’s account of the day: ‘Over the weekend, we met with Crowd Out partners Birmingham Contemporary…

Lullabies and their health benefits

Research published this week by Great Ormond Street Hospital suggests that lullabies can help reduce pain. This tallies with the findings of our own work on the wards of The Royal London Hospital.  For the past four years, Spitalfields Music has worked with Vital Arts, the groundbreaking arts and health organisation for Barts Health NHS…