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Spitalfields Winter Festival

Spitalfields Winter Festival

“With this festival we have ambitiously aimed at making each event, each evening a festival in its own right. No programme will be presented by just one ensemble or soloist, but by a gathering of different artists and line-ups, exploring musical worlds and ideas in a myriad of ways. I invite you on this boundless musical journey of discovery and exploration throughout Spitalfields Music Festival 2017.”
André de Ridder, Artistic Curator


2-10 December 2017, 10.00
There will be Two Wars (songs of love and war)
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)

Fusing the realms of music, theatre, art and words, Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner has created Spitalfields Music’s first visual art exhibition.


This multi-media exhibition explores links between American post-punk hardcore band Fugazi and classical masters Schumann and Monteverdi. Highly politicised and fiercely independent, Fugazi’s music directly addresses religious, scientific and cultural issues. The exhibition will evolve over the festival through contributions from community projects.


2 December 2017, 17.00
House of Monteverdi
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)

Celebrating Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary, a stellar line-up of artists contrast authentic performances of the Renaissance master’s Eighth Book of Madrigals with groundbreaking modern works, premieres and re-interpretations.


Taking place over several hours this extraordinary marathon includes world premieres by French-British composer Josephine Stephenson, London premieres from our featured composer Icelandic Anna Thorvaldsdottir and a UK premiere from American composer Qasim Naqvi.


3 December 2017, 14.00, 16.00
East End Speed Histories: Tales Less Told
Mystery location

East End Speed Histories is a series of theatrical snapshots revealing the best kept secrets of London’s colourful East End. Comprising of short tales from actors, historians and authors, come prepared for an unpredictable adventure through history. This special iteration will take place in a mystery location not usually open to the public.


4, 6 December 2017, 11.00, 13.30
Musical Rumpus: Fogonogo
Rich Mix
Children £8.00 £2.00 (accompanying adult)

Ever wondered what an opera specially created for babies and toddlers would sound like? From the award-winning Musical Rumpus series, come and explore the multi-sensory world of Fogonogo with characters Mica and Feldspar as they delight in a series of playful experiments. Enjoy the singing, music and interactive story of Fogonogo’s enticing soundscape with your baby.


This 30-minute magical opera exploration is followed by a 15-minute free-play.


4 December 2017, 19.00
CAS Presents: Recomposed by Max Richter:
Vivaldi, The Four Seasons

Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)

In 2012, Max Richter released a record which brought contemporary classical and electronic hybrid genres into the mainstream: Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons. Revisiting how this album was created and discussing its legacy, Classic Album Sundays’ founder and BBC broadcaster Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy speaks with composer Max Richter and conductor of the album André de Ridder about this landmark LP so that fans can enjoy the album with new meaning.


Following the discussion, there will be an uninterrupted vinyl playback of the album on the Classic Album Sundays’ and Audio Note UK audiophile hi-fi allowing listeners to experience the album in a way they never have before. A Q&A will close the evening, giving the audience the opportunity to ask their own questions.


5 December 2017, 18.15
Platform: Electric Counterpoint
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)
Free - booking required

Inspired by the collaborations running throughout the festival, young musicians from the THAMES Big Band and Senior String Ensemble have come up with something special. Working alongside Spitalfields Festival Artists they have created a new piece inspired by counterpoint and minimalism, combining the sound worlds of classical strings and big band Jazz. Come and experience this fantastic display of local talent.


In partnership with Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES).


5 December 2017, 20.30
Hyperchromatic Counterpoint
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)

Originating in the 14th Century, counterpoint is a technique whereby independent musical lines are played simultaneously, twisting around and complementing each other.


Join three incredible solo musicians for an evening exploring counterpoint across four centuries. James McVinnie performs selected movements from JS Bach’s Art of Fugue and Aart Strootman presents Steve Reich’s seminal Electric Counterpoint. Referencing both Bach and Reich’s work, Veli Kujala’s Hyperchromatic Counterpoint extends the melodic realm with his custom-built accordian into an expansive and psychadelic sound-world.

6 December 2017, 20.30
Renegade New Classical: Daniel Brandt, Nik Colk Void
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)

Presented by André de Ridder’s exceptional orchestral collective s t a r g a z e, this event sees the realms of classical collide with minimal techno, experimental and electronic music. Nik Colk Void (one half of Factory Floor) premieres an electroacoustic composition, while Erased Tapes signee Daniel Brandt (of Brandt Brauer Frick) & Eternal Something present an orchestral realisation of the solo album. The programme is completed with a new work by Qasim Naqvi (of Dawn of Midi) specially written for s t a r g a z e.

7 December 2017, 19.00
These Two Wars: In Focus
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)

Breathing life into the installation There will be two wars (songs of love and war), Turner prize nominee Mark Titchner, festival curator André de Ridder and presenter Sara Mohr-Pietschlead an unconventional evening combining discussion, performance and exhibition tour. Inspired by the legacy and socio-political ethos of the post-hardcore band Fugazi, the conversations that unfold will touch on themes of artistic independence, activism and the ownership of art. The evening will be interspersed with specially commissioned Instrument Solos based on material from Fugazi songs composed by Greg Saunier (of Deerhoof) amongst others.

8 December 2017, 14.00
Schumann Street Reimagined
Rich Mix
Free - booking required

With help from composer John Barber and artists from Schumann Street, Year 4 pupils from Osmani and Shapla primary schools have trodden the well-worn path of Robert Schumann and created their own song-cycle inspired by Dichterliebe. Come and hear these new musical re-imaginings alongside exceptional artists from the Schumann Street installation.


Generously supported by the Mary Kinross Charitable Trust, Janus Henderson Global Investors, Clifford Chance, and Spitalfields Music’s Christopher Vaughan Legacy Fund.

8-9 December 2017, 20.00, 01.15
In the Light of Air
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's)

Transforming Shoreditch Church into a home for mindful listening, the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) will perform selections of works by Pauline Oliveros, which explore producing sound naturally for meditative practice.


Following this, LCO will perform the London premiere of Anna Thorvaldsottir’s In The Light Of Air. Rumbling and atmospheric, it calls to mind the sparse landscapes of Thorvaldsottir’s native Iceland, featuring a light installation which dims and glows according to the players’ breath.

9-10 December 2017, 17.00, 19.30
Schumann Street
Huguenot Homes of Spitalfields

Schumann Street is an ambitious staging and (re)interpretation of Schumann’s iconic song cycle: Dichterliebe. Set across the stunning Huguenot Houses of Spitalfields, each of the 16 songs in Schumann’s cycle will be performed by a different artist drawn from a wide range of stylistic backgrounds including Bengali folk, rap, classical, soul and jazz.


Create your own path through this immersive song-cycle installation and experience intimate performances close-up. This is house music in its original form.

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Venue Details

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

Shoreditch Church
Shoreditch High Street
London E1 6JN

Spitalfields Market
Brushfield Street
London E1 6AA

Box Office
020 7377 1362

Nearest tube
Liverpool St / Bethnal Green / Shoreditch High Street

Huguenot Homes
Rich Mix
Shoreditch Church

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4-11 December 2016



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