London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

 

Concerts

Spitalfields Winter Festival

Spitalfields Winter Festival

Following the huge success of our 2017 Festival, we are delighted that André de Ridder will once again take up the role of Artistic Curator for this year’s Festival.

 

1 December 2018, 16.15
Unknown, Remembered: Insight Event
HM Tower of London
£10.00

To open the 2018 Spitalfields Music Festival, Artistic Curator André de Ridder presents a special Insight Event as a prelude to the immersive production Unknown, Remembered which runs across the Festival. Featuring a concert performance of Handel’s cantata La Lucrezia (sung by soprano Katherine Manley), and André de Ridder in conversation with director Marco Štorman and composer Shiva Feshareki.

 

1 December 2018, 18.00, 20.00
Byrd at the Tower
HM Tower of London
£10.00-£35.00

The Odyssean Ensemble presents sacred motets by William Byrd, one of the finest English composers of the Renaissance period, in the stunning Chapel of one of London’s most historic landmarks, the Tower of London. The programme reflects Byrd’s struggle as a Catholic during the religious storms of the Reformation when many persecuted Catholics were imprisoned at the Tower of London. Byrd expresses his torment through works full of anguish and grief, including Tristitia et Anxietas and Deus venerunt gentes.

 

2 December 2018, 11.00, 12.30
Brunch with Kit Downes
Town Hall Hotel

Chef Simon Shand and star pianist Kit Downes come together at the lovingly restored 1930s-influenced Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. Enjoy a solo recital from British ‘jazz thoroughbred’ (BBC) and Mercury Prize nominee Kit Downes in the elegant De Montfort Suite, accompanied by one of the finest brunches in East London, served by chef Simon Shand at the Corner Room. Treat yourself to something delicious from the set menu, with options including a Full English Breakfast, Baked Egg Ragu and more with a bloody mary or glass of prosecco.

 

3 December 2018, 19.30
Classic Album Sundays presents: Classical Uncovered
Chats Palace
£10.00-£12.00

Following last year’s sell-out success, Classic Album Sundays returns to the Spitalfields Music Festival, with a classical-meets-electronic twist. As part of a new series Classical Uncovered, Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will feature non-classical artists discussing their favourite classical recording and how it has influence their work, before an uninterrupted vinyl playback of the full album on Classic Album Sundays’ audiophile hi-fi. In the spotlight this year is multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Richard Reed Parry, best known as a member of Grammy Award-winning band Arcade Fire. His chosen album is Snowflakes are Dancing by Japanese musician Isao Tomita. The album features arrangements of Debussy’s tone paintings, including Clair de Lune and The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, performed on a Moog synthesizer and a mellotron, bringing the colours of Debussy’s music into a new context.

 

4 December 2018, 14.00
Heart and Breath Reimagined
Rich Mix
Free, booking required

Year 5 pupils from Osmani and Canon Barnett Primary Schools have reimagined Music for Heart and Breath by Richard Reed Parry. Inspired by the piece and by the rhythm of their own heart and breath, they have created brand new music with artists and educators Gawain Hewitt, Abimaro Gunnell and festival artists.

 

4 December 2018, 19.00
Mary Bevan sings Purcell
Hoxton Hall
£10.00-£35.00

World-renowned soprano Mary Bevan joins Europe’s preeminent lute player Elizabeth Kenny and cellist Joseph Crouch for a solo recital of music by Purcell and his Baroque contemporaries. The spectacular Grade II listed Victorian music hall, Hoxton Hall, is the setting for tales of grief, loneliness, shame, anger and guilt, embodying a quintessentially English sense of melancholy.

 

4, 7 December 2018, 20.00
9 December 2018, 14.00, 17.00
Unknown, Remembered ...
Studio 9294
£10.00-£25.00

Unknown, Remembered interweaves Handel’s brilliant operatic scena La Lucrezia, composer Shiva Feshareki’s new setting of lyrics from seminal Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures, and Haroon Mirza’s film installation The Last Tape to create a unique site-specific production. Through soprano Katherine Manley, we experience a woman haunted by the memory of tragedy, in an immersive piece which features a fellow Schumann Street artist Liam Byrne with acclaimed actor Richard Strange.

 

5 December 2018, 20.00
Heart and Breath
Trinity Buoy Wharf
£10.00-£18.00

The Riot Ensemble are at the forefront of the contemporary music scene, touring across Europe and regularly featured on BBC broadcasts. They return to Spitalfields Music Festival this year with a programme of work by some of Canada’s most exciting contemporary composers at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London’s only lighthouse.

 

6 December 2018, 17.30
Platform at the Museum
V & A Museum of Childhood
Free, booking required

Join us for a much-loved annual event at the festival, in partnership with THAMES. As part of Spitalfields Music’s award-winning, year-round Learning and Participation programme, festival artists will be working with young people from Tower Hamlets through the Autumn term to create new music, inspired by the architecture and design of the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

 

6 December 2018, 19.00
Ringside Symphony
York Hall
£!0.00-£12.00

Following both artists’ hugely successful programmes at the BBC Proms 2018, we’re delighted to feature Anna Meredith (‘One of the most innovative minds in modern British music’ Pitchfork) and Shiva Feshareki (2017 BASCA British Composer Award for Innovation) at this year’s festival. Expect a deconstructed orchestra, surrounding the audience and a guest appearance by soloist Jörgen van Rijen, the most celebrated trombonist of his generation. The evening ends with a performance of Stravinsky’s timeless masterpiece, The Firebird Suite.

 

6 December 2018, 21.30
Late-night Firebird
St John on Bethnal Green
£8.00

Shiva Feshareki presents a live turntable composition that she forms in the moment. Using her trademark turntabling techniques, she deconstructs Stravinsky into new forms and perspectives, using nothing other than the original composition on vinyl. Expect sonic manipulations that bend time and play with space and perspective, transforming The Firebird into new shapes that reveal its sculptural depths. Bar open late.

 

7 December 2018, 12.00
SMILE
Rich Mix
£8.00 per child, £2.00 accompanying adult, £5.00 per additional adult

Told through magical, theatrical chamber music and performed by exceptional musicians, the award-winning Smile takes audiences on a musical adventure. Based on the book Augustus and His Smile written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner, this fun, interactive show features a range of chamber music, from Bach to Bartók as well as original pieces devised by the ensemble. Perfect for children aged 3 or above and their families.

 

7 December 2018, 19.30
Tallis Lamentations
The Octagon, Queen Mary's University
£10.00-£22.00

This vast and magnificent library, hidden in Stepney Green, plays host to a celebration of Thomas Tallis and the glories of the English choral tradition, sung by one of the UK’s finest early music groups, The Erebus Ensemble. The programme will feature Tallis’ much-loved Lamentations of Jeremiah, Loquebantur variis linguis and If Ye Love Me alongside contemporary responses from composer Nico Muhly (ENO, Metropolitan Opera, Britten Sinfonia), who absorbs the Tudor sound world within his own lyrical style, steeped in the Anglican choral tradition.

 

8 December 2018, 13.00
Fidelio Trio
St John on Bethnal Green
£10.00-£12.00

Leading international chamber musicians, the Fidelio Trio, perform world and UK premieres by four leading composers. Ann Cleare’s 93 million miles away is inspired by NASA’s controversial estimation of the distance between the sun and the earth and uses sounds created inside the piano alongside atmospheric strings. Christopher Fox’s world premiere This is the wind comes from R.S. Thomas’ bleak poem Depopulation of the Hills. Luke Styles takes inspiration from the Australian outback, the red desert and the endless seas that bound Australia’s shores for Memories of a Foreign Land Called Home. Canadian Linda Catlin Smith’s evocative Far from Shore was commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2017.

 

8 December 2018, 19.00
Richard Reed Parry: Quiet River of Dust
St John on Bethnal Green
£10.00-£16.00

Spitalfields Music and the Barbican are proud to bring Richard Reed Parry’s (of Arcade Fire) folk project to the UK for the first time, following his Autumn 2018 debut album launch. Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1 was inspired by Richard Reed Parry’s tour of Japan and incorporates Buddhist myths, death poems and British folk songs.


Expired - This event is in the past.

Venue Details

Chats Palace
42-44 Brooksby's Walk
London E9 6DF

HM Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB

Hoxton Hall
130 Hoxton St
London N1

The Octagon, Queen Mary's University
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA

St John on Bethnal Green
Cambridge Heath Rd
London E2 0ET

Studio 9294
92 Wallis Road
London E9 5LN

Town Hall Hotel
8 Patriot Square
London E2 9NF

Trinity Buoy Wharf
64 Orchard Pl
Poplar
London E14 0YP

V & A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9PA

York Hall
5 Old Ford Rd
London E2 9PJ



Box Office
020 7377 1362

Nearest tube
Liverpool St / Bethnal Green / Shoreditch High Street

Directions
Chats Place
HM Tower of London
Hoxton Hall
The Octagon
Rich Mix
St John on Bethnal Green
Studio 9294
Town Hall Hotel
Trinity Buoy Wharf
V & A Museum of Childhood
York Hall

More info
Website

Dates
1-9 December 2018

Times
Various

Prices
Various

Other notes
None



Back to Top