This line-up is on fire!

As part of our recently revealed Summer Festival 2016 programme, we’re welcoming back New London Chamber Choir to the beautiful Shoreditch Church in June. Premiering a flaming cantata, the choir will be charting the progress of the Great Fire of London on its 350th anniversary. Fire has long been a source of inspiration for artists, so to…

Interview: James Weeks

This summer contemporary vocal ensemble EXAUDI present James Weeks’s Mala punica alongside the world premiere of Walled Garden for instrumental sextet. Ahead of the performance we asked James about EXAUDI, their work and his music. For people who are new to you and EXAUDI, could you introduce us to your work? I’m a composer living in Gateshead, and…

Sleaze, lies and gossip. 17th-century style.

The Carnival Band are bring a colourful cast of 17th-century characters to life presenting ballads and songs from the times of Shakespeare. But what are ballads? Ballads were the tabloids of the day, peddling sensational stories of scandal, love and murder. It got us wondering what the red tops of the 1600s might look like, so…

Emily Hall’s festival picks

This Summer Festival is packed full of intriguing events. To help you navigate the programme, we’ve asked our Associate Artists to share what they’d like to come to (excluding their own events!). First up is composer Emily Hall, who’s new opera Folie à Deux receives its London premiere on 6/7 June, alongside a weekend of curated…

Playlist: Baroque Horn Concertos

Associate Artist and rising stars of early music La Nuova Musica are heading to East London this summer. In their final performance they’ll be joined by virtuoso horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill, whose sensitivity and technical wizardry dazzled crowds during our Winter Festival 2013. So you don’t have to wait until June, we’ve put together a playlist of their…

Festival Firsts: Introducing Armonico Consort

This year you can catch the Armonico Consort at our Summer Festival for the first time. As they’ll be making their festival debut, we thought we’d introduce them to you. Who are the Armonico Consort? Armonico Consort started out in 2001, founded by their conductor Christopher Monks. They’re an unusual group, not just a choir they are also an…

The Ghosts of the Tower of London

This summer we’re heading back to the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London. It’s an amazing place and is resting place to some of the most famous names in English history. Who are they? We’ve put together a quick fire rogue’s gallery of some of the Tower’s famous names  …