Stradella: Is That A Pasta Dish?

Trying to find out truth about Alessandro Stradella’s life is like playing a game of Chinese Whispers. Every book or website you read has a different story, each more outlandish than the last. But real or not, it’s a good read (clearly, we aren’t the only ones to think so, as Stradella’s life was used…

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…

It’s Biber. Not that Bieber.

This year, The English Concert celebrates their 40th Anniversary, making their concert on Thursday 19 June an extra special addition to our festival! They’ll perform pre-Bach music, exploring works by Muffat, Navarra and Biber with Sophie Gent on first violin. Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber was a prolific Bohemian-Austrian composer of the 17th century; below, we take…

Behind the music: Handel’s Messiah

Written in 1741, Messiah has become one of Handel’s most well-known works, yet despite its enduring popularity, there are many lesser-known facts behind the music. Before its performance by The English Concert at our Winter Festival, take a closer look at one of the greatest baroque oratorios in British history. When it was first performed…

On the eleventh day of the Winter Festival…

Spitalfields Music sent to me… video highlights from The English Concert. The English Concert return to Christ Church Spitalfields this evening with a programme of seasonal splendour, including Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and JS Bach’s marvellous Magnificat. They were kind enough to share some video footage with us, including some from a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria,…

Sounds: Winter Festival 2012 Playlist

With coats coming back out of the wardrobes and the evenings becoming darker, it’s clear that winter’s slowly on the way and so is our Winter Festival! To get you in the mood for what’s in store, we’ve put together a Winter Festival 2012 Spotify playlist. We’ve included bits and pieces from all the programmes…

Coming up this Winter

I am writing this on one of the hottest days of the year so far and at the end of London’s most festive summer ever.  It seems strange to be thinking about our Winter Festival and its aim to provide some relief to cold dark days and to the tiredness of an autumn’s work as…