Five facts about Purcell

Dido & Aeneas, Purcell’s classic operatic love story, comes to this year’s Summer Festival with the Armonico Consort and soprano Elin Manahan Thomas. Inspired by this, we thought we’d surprise you with five facts you may not know about English baroque composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695): According to rumours, Purcell could compose well at the age…

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…

Toddling around the East End

In a change to my traditional morning commute, on Wednesday last week I found myself heading deep into London’s East End to visit the Altmore Children’s Centre in Newham for the penultimate performance of our Musical Rumpus: A Fairy Queen in the Forest tour. As a member of the Development team, it is both inspiring…

In Pictures: Musical Rumpus

Our hit event series for the toddling audiences is currently sprinkling some musical fairy dust around libraries and community venues in our neighbouring boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Newham. Musical Rumpus: A Fairy Queen in the Forest takes Henry Purcell’s opera The Fairy Queen and adapts it especially for 0-2 year-olds. To celebrate the…