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extraordinary music in inspiring places Spitalfields Music Winter Festival December 4 11 2 016 @SpitsMusic

We are Spitalfields Music Music brings people together. It excites and delights and can help us to make sense of the world. As a pioneering creative charity based in the heart of east London we reach over 20,000 people from all walks of life – from babies to care home residents living with dementia. Our concerts and creative music projects take place in a range of venues, public spaces, schools and libraries throughout our home borough of Tower Hamlets and beyond.

Families and young people Bespoke, responsive music projects aimed at developing confidence, creativity and self expression. Our local community Creative singing and music-making activities, exploring and celebrating the area’s rich diversity. Creative leadership Highly regarded training schemes supporting the next generation of music leaders. New voices Support for emerging artists through commissioning new works, performance showcases and developmental initiatives. Find out more at

“I liked performing because it made me feel brave!” St Matthias Primary School pupil


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Welcome From Bach to Bollywood, this year’s Winter Festival offers a deliciously intriguing mix of early and new music, dance events and poetry happenings, shows for very young ears and musical explorations into the past and future. To spice things up further, we’re presenting three concerts including The Sixteen and Solomon’s Knot in Shoreditch Town Hall’s magnificent Assembly Hall; offering a musical dining treat in a hidden Masonic Hall; and inviting you to a Shakespeare-inspired programme with The English Concert in the church beneath which many of his actor contemporaries are buried. Our 40th anniversary celebrations continue with a recital by Melvyn Tan and, looking to the future, with a series of works in progress responding to some of today’s key burning questions. Come and share outstanding music with us; we would love to see you. Eleanor Gussman, — Chief Executive Join the conversation





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TROUPE: The Empty Chair

Gothic Voices: Tower of London

2.00pm — 3.00pm + 4.30pm — 5.30pm Brady Arts & Community Centre £10 per adult, £5 per under 16

7.30pm — 8.45pm The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula A B £22 £30

TROUPE Collective

Gothic Voices

Two people find their world turned upside-down by the mysterious silence of an empty chair. Aided by the whirling Keeper of Noises, they gently get to grips with this puzzling object through music, poetry and on-stage sound effects.

Step over the drawbridge into a dramatic and eerily quiet Tower of London for an intimate performance in the Chapel Royal – the final resting place of Sir Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey.

A mischievous musical adventure exploring loss, change and friendship, featuring great music by Couperin, Beethoven, Berio, Moondog, Meredith Monk and TROUPE. Great fun for everyone ages 7+

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Chamber choir Gothic Voices offset medieval and renaissance settings of Marian texts with contemporary interpretations, revealing both the mythical and human aspects of the Virgin Mary.



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The Sixteen

Exquisite seasonal music from across the ages by Palestrina, Lassus, Howells and Warlock Delight in traditional favourites, imperishable renaissance masterpieces and seasonal classics from The Sixteen, one of the world’s greatest ensembles, in the grand Assembly Hall at Shoreditch Town Hall. This magnificent Grade II landmark building, with its high ceilings, marble-pannelled walls and glorious architecture, provides an elegant backdrop for the impeccable sound of this well-loved choir.

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05—07 The Dead Poets Social Club

7.00pm — 8.45pm Shoreditch Town Hall A £35 £30 £25 £10 B C D

Harry Christophers — conductor

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7.00pm — 8.00pm Venue to be confirmed on booking £12 unreserved

“ T he most satisfyingly nuanced choral performance that I have heard” Gramophone

Penned in the Margins Chris McCabe — writer /performer Poet, librarian and literary super-sleuth Chris McCabe is on a quest to discover one great, lost poet in the Victorian cemeteries of London – from Nunhead to West Norwood, and Highgate to Tower Hamlets. Join Chris and special guests as they perform a musical ritual awakening and begin to unearth dark stories from London’s literary past – shedding new light on the likes of Tennyson and Blake. Curated by Penned in the Margins, described by The Stage as being “at the forefront of exploring what live literature, spoken word – whatever you wish to call it – can and could be".

8.45pm — 9.15pm Free (booking required)

With Harry Christophers


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Another fantastic performance from The Sixteen. So inspiring, left on a total high Sherine Krause, audience member


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May Contain Food

Melvyn Tan

The English Concert: Shakespeare in Love

6.15pm — 7.45pm + 8.30pm — 10.00pm Shoreditch Town Hall £18 unreserved

7.00pm — 8.15pm Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) A B £10 C £5 £18

7.00pm — 8.30pm Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) A £25 £18 £10 £5 B C D

A deliciously immersive experience of indulgence, nostalgia and mischief This witty and irreverent dance and music theatre show from acclaimed dance company Protein, created by choreographer Luca Silvestrini and renowned composer Orlando Gough, is inspired by social occasions and life at mealtimes. Four vocalists and four dancers sing for their supper in a dining setting that will, most probably, contain food...

“...lip-smacking fusion of song, dance, mime and sweet aperitif tomatoes”

Liszt — Three Concert Études Jonathan Dove — Catching Fire (London premiere) Judith Weir — I’ve turned the page Various — Variations for Judith Join us for a unique celebration with illustrious pianist Melvyn Tan for a specially curated programme marking his 60th and our 40th birthdays. Featuring Catching Fire, a new work by former Spitalfields Music Artistic Director Jonathan Dove, and Variations for Judith, a set of variations by other former Artistic Directors including Michael Berkeley, Diana Burrell, Anthony Payne and Judith Weir, and a specially commissioned variation by Rolf Hind. Supported by Spitalfields Music Members, Patrons and Champions.

Harry Bicket — director Mary Bevan — soprano Tim Mead — countertenor Chamber orchestra The English Concert marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with an evening of lush arias and love duets from baroque operas inspired by his greatest works, including Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Written for the superstars of the time, an astonishing range of emotional roles are contained within each piece, from seduction and ambition to madness, betrayal and revenge.

Post-concert Q&A 8.30pm — 9.00pm Free (booking required)

With Harry Bicket

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Platform: Jazz Generation

Sound House

Carnatic Connections

Musical Rumpus: Catch A Sea Star

7.00pm — 8.15pm Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) Free (booking required)

7.30pm — 8.45pm The Octagon, Queen Mary University of London £15 unreserved

8.00pm — 10.00pm Rich Mix £12 unreserved (standing)

10.30am + 12.30pm each day Brady Arts & Community Centre £8 per child, £2 one accompanying adult £5 per additional adult

THAMES Big Band Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments Clare Salaman — director Jon Nicholls — composer / sound designer

Jyotsna Srikanth — violin Bollywood Brass Band

Sam Glazer — musical director / arranger Zoë Palmer — librettist / director Sophia Lovell Smith — designer

Laidback jazz and swinging big band classics played with verve, style and passion by talented east London young musicians. Great fun for all ages In partnership with Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service and Hackney Music Service.

“Sound House is a wondrous journey through a realm of unimaginable sonic possibilities” Early Music Today

Inventive interpretations of renaissance music by Byrd, Gibbons and Tomkins within a modern context Combining historical and unusual instruments with modern sound technology, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments explores the aural illusions and seemingly magical phenomena that so intrigued 17th-century philosopher and father of modern science, Francis Bacon.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm — 7.00pm Free (booking required)

With Clare Salaman and Jon Nicholls

Europe’s leading violinist from the South Indian classical tradition leads the UK’s top baraat band in a thrilling night of instrumental Bollywood film classics and brand-new material. Watch video projections of dance sequences from the original films synched to the live music in this rousing and exhilarating show.

“10-strong, funkily rhythmic and equipped with a tuba the size of Belgium, the Bollywood Brass Band is a fabulous hybrid beast”

When Lyra follows her dog in search of her missing toy star, their adventure leads them to an underwater kingdom that desperately needs to get its sparkle back. A spellbinding adventure for babies and toddlers bubbling with the magical music of JS Bach. From our award-winning opera series for toddlers, Musical Rumpus. Great fun for ages 0–2½ Supported by Youth Music, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Dunard Fund and the Golsoncott Foundation.

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Siglo de Oro

Disappearing Dining Club & Hugo Ticciati

7.00pm — 8.30pm Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) A £25 B £18 C £10 D £5

6.30pm — 10.00pm Masonic Temple, Andaz Hotel £60 includes three courses, cocktail aperitif & music

Patrick Allies — director Sam Corkin — saxophone

Hugo Ticciati — violin

Following a highly acclaimed festival debut in 2014, Siglo de Oro, one of the leading young choirs of its generation, returns for a compelling Advent concert of contemporary carols, little-known renaissance music and a series of newly-commissioned works inspired by medieval prayers. An evening filled with mystery and hope, contrasting the resonance of the saxophone with the glowing richness of the choir.

Jyotsna Srikanth, Carnatic Connections


Indulge yourself with an exquisite dinner set within one of east London’s bestkept secrets: a hidden Masonic Temple opulently bedecked with marble and gilt. You’ll be treated to three courses of sumptuous food and a welcome cocktail in this stunning space while young virtuoso Hugo Ticciati entertains with the embellished sounds of JS Bach. Please notify the box office of any dietary requirements when booking.

“Siglo de Oro sang with a precision and glow that radiated through every crevice of Shoreditch’s noble St Leonard’s Church...” Arts Desk

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During the festival

Disappearing Dining Club

Solomon’s Knot: B Minor Mass

Open Call: Works in Progress

12.00pm, 2.30pm + 6.00pm Masonic Temple, Andaz Hotel £28 includes two courses & cocktail aperitif

2.30pm — 5.00pm Shoreditch Town Hall A £35 B £30 C £25 D £10

Dates and venues to be confirmed; see £5 per performance or £10 for all three

Enter the unique setting of this Grecian Masonic Temple for a brunch, lunch or dinner experience with a difference, hosted by pop-up dining supremos Disappearing Dining Club.

Solomon’s Knot baroque collective

Earlier this summer, as part of our Open Call initiative, we challenged music creators to make performances that responded to some of the big issues in the 21st century, whilst helping them develop their artistic practice and explore new ways of working.

Book for the early or late sitting so you can get to the afternoon concert – the B Minor Mass performed by Solomon’s Knot – at Shoreditch Town Hall. The perfect Sunday! Please notify the box office of any dietary requirements when booking.

A dazzling performance of JS Bach’s awe-inspiring masterpiece, the B Minor Mass, widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements in sacred choral music. Sung from memory and without a conductor, this virtuosic realisation offers a thrillingly intense presentation of Bach’s prized work. The elaborate surroundings of Shoreditch Town Hall set the stage for the return of Solomon’s Knot following their sold-out, barnstorming concert at last year’s Winter Festival.

Come and experience their works in progress for a rare glimpse into the creative process. For more information about Open Call, the artists and performance dates, go to Supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

“There was no doubting the immediacy with which the vocal lines were made vivid, as though each were a wholly personal matter between the singer and us”


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Booking Information

Venues & Seating

If you live in Tower Hamlets and have never been to one of our events before, you can claim a pair of free tickets through our No Strings Attached scheme.






Children (under 16): 50% off 16—25 years: 25% off Students: £5 best available Jobseekers: 25% off Disabled and limited mobility: free companion ticket where required Groups (10+): 10% off

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Brady Arts & Community Centre 192–196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU

Rich Mix 35–47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

Running times shown are for use as an approximate guide only.

The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula The Tower of London, EC3N 4AB

Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JN

Programme details are correct at the time of going to press. In unavoidable circumstances Spitalfields Music reserves the right to alter the artists or programme.

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

Shoreditch Town Hall, Assembly Hall 380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT

** Excludes £5 tickets and not valid in conjunction with other offers/discounts. Excludes Disappearing Dining Club and Musical Rumpus.

Imagery by John Angerson, James Berry, Camilla Whitehill and Chris Nash. Designed by

Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s)

Shoreditch Town Hall

A B Nave / Organ Gallery  C Side Aisles — unreserved and restricted view  D Gallery North & South — unreserved and unsighted


Stalls Balcony Side Balcony Side Balcony — restricted view


Masonic Temple, Andaz Hotel 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN

Access There is wheelchair access in most of our venues and hearing loops at most box offices.







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What's on in December


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Sunday 4

TROUPE: The Empty Chair Gothic Voices: Tower of London

2.00pm + 4.30pm  7.30pm 

Monday 5

The Dead Poets Social Club The Sixteen˙

7.00pm 7.00pm 

Tuesday 6

Protein: May Contain Food The Dead Poets Social Club Melvyn Tan

6.15pm + 8.30pm  7.00pm  7.00pm 

Wednesday 7

The Dead Poets Social Club The English Concert: Shakespeare in Love˙

7.00pm  7.00pm 

Thursday 8

Platform: Jazz Generation The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments: Sound House˙

7.00pm  7.30pm 

Friday 9

Musical Rumpus: Catch A Sea Star Bollywood Brass Band & Jyotsna Srikanth: Carnatic Connections

10.30am + 12.30pm 8.00pm 

Saturday 10

Musical Rumpus: Catch A Sea Star Disappearing Dining Club: Hugo Ticciati Siglo de Oro

10.30am + 12.30pm 6.30pm  7.00pm

Sunday 11

Disappearing Dining Club Solomon's Knot: B Minor Mass

12.00pm, 2.30pm + 6.00pm 2.30pm

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