Idea Store Reflections

Zoë Palmer works with us regularly on our Learning & Participation programme. Over the past year she has been working with library staff from Idea Stores across Tower Hamlets to develop singing and storytelling skills specifically for engaging early years (0-2s) audiences. Sitting in a yurt as part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, Raju…

A ‘Fire’ starter

If you passed by the Attlee Youth & Community Centre last week you may have wondered – as did the guys who turned up for their usually quiet Tuesday evening football match – what was going on as scores of people poured in through the door. This was the first gathering of the “Fire choir”,…

Fire – A Festival Finisher

200 singers, horn ensemble, fire-artists and pyrotechnics in the open air of Spitalfields – it’s our Festival Finale, Fire! Fire is an exciting new work by David Bruce, and is the second of our PRS for Music Foundation New Music 20×12 performances this Summer. The piece uses texts from Vikram Seth and Yannai to revel…

What makes you think that you can sing?

Arlene Adair shares her experiences of being a singer, performing in Women sing East and rehearsing for the world premiere of our community opera We are Shadows: “Do you honestly think that you can sing?” The words of my eldest, my first born, daughter pierced my brain bringing what I believed to be the “song…

Artist Focus: La Venexiana

La Venexiana are the Italian Madrigal Group. Founded by soprano Rossana Bertini and counter-tenor Claudio Cavina, they are some of the most experienced performers in the early music field. They open the second half of our Winter Festival with a beautiful programme of highlights from Monteverdi’s Books Five to Nine of Madrigals on Wednesday 5 January 2011.…

The Lullaby Diaries (Part 3)

In February 2010 Vital Arts and Spitalfields Music worked together to bring live music to families and new born babies on the maternity ward at the Royal London Hospital. The musicians performed and taught a selection of lullabies from around the world. With the help of willing families they also wrote simple songs in Arabic, Bengali, Somali and English.