Behind the scenes with Ailís Ní Ríain

Behind the scenes at rehearsals for Ailis Ni Riain’s work-in-progress

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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…

Intern Diaries: Maki

Maki joined us in November as our Marketing Intern, combining her work with us with her masters course at King’s College London. Before she heads off at the end of the month, we asked her to tell us about her time at Spitalfields Music. Time flies when you’re having fun, and that has surely been…

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…

Sounds: 40 years of music with The Hilliard Ensemble

We’re having party and you’re invited! On Wednesday 11 December, The Hilliard Ensemble are kicking off their 40th Anniversary celebrations with a concert at our Winter Festival. The current vocal quartet – countertenor David James, tenor Rogers Covey-Crump, baritone Gordon Jones and tenor Steven Harrold – will be joined by former members to celebrate four…

In video: Winter Festival preview

Check out the video above for a preview of what’s on this winter. Our Chief Executive Abigail Pogson and Programme Director: Festivals Kate Kelly introduce the programme, while director of La Nuova Musica David Bates and composer/ performer of Remember Me: A Desk Opera Claudia Molitor talk about the events they’re presenting at the Winter…

Announcing our Winter Festival programme 2013

Priority booking is now open for our Winter Festival. Taking place from 6-17 December, highlights include Handel’s Messiah, the return of Bach’s renowned Orgelbuchlein to the Tower of London, an innovative opera in a desk by Claudia Molitor, Arun Ghosh’s Winter Rasa, the Hilliard Ensemble 40th Birthday Party, and Geraldine Pilgrim’s new avant garde site-specific…