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We’re so excited to be working with internationally renowned conductor André de Ridder to curate our festival. André first appeared at the Spitalfields Festival with Judith Weir in 1999 whilst a student at the Royal Academy of Music and it’s fantastic to welcome him back. André is a pioneering musician, conductor and curator whose work connects people and musical ideas beyond genre boundaries. We’re thrilled to share his festival vision with you and look forward to seeing you in December.

Building bridges between different musical styles.

— Eleanor Gussman, Chief Executive With this festival we have ambitiously aimed at making each event, each evening, a festival in it’s 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.

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Creating a dialogue between old masters and contemporary composers and performers, our major projects House of Monteverdi and Schumann Street are more than just pure representations of iconic works, building bridges between different musical genres and styles, and into the 21st century. Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner’s installation There will be two wars reflects some of the themes explored in these large-scale events in relation to the work and ethos of the seminal post-hardcore band Fugazi. We welcome as our guest and featured composer the internationally acclaimed Anna Thorvaldsdottir and shine a light on young French-British composer Josephine Stephenson. We present new works by composers best known as members of cult bands Factory Floor (Nik Colk Void), Dawn of Midi (Qasim Naqvi) and Brandt Brauer Frick (Daniel Brandt), exposing and supporting their own independent creative output. We also collaborate with young creative voices in Tower Hamlets through Platform (Electric Counterpoint) and Schumann Street Reimagined to re-invigorate the relevance of this seminal music. I invite you on this boundless musical journey of discovery and exploration throughout Spitalfields Music Festival 2017.

Andre de Ridder, Artistic Curator

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La Nuova Musica David Bates The Erebus Ensemble Tom Williams Katherine Manley Ben Johnson

HOUSE OF MONEVERDI SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER

The Hermes Experiment Liam Byrne Mayah Kadish Gavin Kibble stargaze

SHOREDITCH CHURCH 5pm £10—£55

Presenter: Sara Mohr-Pietsch

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.

“The modern composer builds upon the foundation of truth”* Generously supported by Geoffrey Collens, the RVW Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation and Spitalfields Music New Music Commission Fund

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*Claudio Monteverdi, c.450 years ago

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EAST END SPEED HISTORIES: TALES LESS TOLD

"FABULOUS AND FULL OF SURPRISES“

Alan Gilbey & friends MYSTERY LOCATION 2 & 4pm £10

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.

©James Berry

SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER

“A BEAUTIFUL, FUNNY, MOVING EXPERIENCE.”

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* RECOMPOSED BY

MAX RICHTER: VIVALDI — THE FOUR SEASONS

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CLASSIC ALBUM SUNDAYS PRESENTS:

Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy | Max Richter | Andre de Ridder SHOREDITCH CHURCH 7pm £15 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, Classical Album Sundays’ founder and BBC broadcaster Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy speaks with composer Max Richter and conductor of the album André de Ridder. Following the discussion, there will be an uninterrupted vinyl playback of the album on the Classic Album Sundays’ audiophile hi-fi.

MONDAY 4 DECEMBER

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MUSICAL RUMPUS: FOGONOGO Creators: Sam Glazer | Zoe Palmer | Sophia Lovell-Smith

RICH MIX Ages 0–2 ½ 11am & 1.30pm £8 per child, £2 accompanying adult, £5 per additional 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 multisensory 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.

MONDAY 4 & WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER

“Positive and inspiring, an engaging introduction to the magic of music.”

—Musical Rumpus Audience Member

Generously supported by Youth Music and the Kirby Laing Foundation

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Musical Rumpus ©James Berry

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PLATFORM: ELECTRIC COUNERPOIN THAMES Big Band and Senior String Ensemble SHOREDITCH CHURCH 6.15pm 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).

Platform ŠJames Berry

TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER

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HYPERCHROMATIC COUNERPOIN TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER *Originating in the I4th Century, counterpoint is a technique whereby musical lines are played simultaneously, twisting around and complementing each other.

SHOREDITCH CHURCH 8.30pm £10—£22 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.

Aart Strootman ©Jostijn Ligtvoet Fotografie

Veli Kujala / James McVinnie / Aart Strootman

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RENEGADE NEW CLASSICAL: DANIEL BRANDT, NIK COLK VOID stargaze SHOREDITCH CHURCH 8.30pm £10—£28 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 (Factory Floor) premieres an electroacoustic composition, while Erased Tapes signee Daniel Brandt (Brandt Brauer Frick) presents an orchestral realisation of his solo album Eternal Something. The programme is completed with a new work by Qasim Naqvi (Dawn of Midi) specially written for s t a r g a z e. Expect blurred boundaries and new sound worlds.

WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER

Generously supported by the RVW Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation and Spitalfields Music New Music Commission Fund

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THESE TWO WARS: IN FOCUS Mark Titchner / Andre de Ridder & more to be announced Presenter: Sara Mohr—Pietsch SHOREDITCH CHURCH 7pm £12 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-Pietsch lead 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 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.

THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER

*See page 27 to read more

about the installation THERE WILL BE TWO WARS.

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SCHUMANN STREET

REIMAGINED Osmani School / Shapla School RICH MIX 2pm Free, booking required

FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER

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Generously supported by the Mary Kinross Charitable Trust and Spitalfields Music’s Christopher Vaughan Legacy Fund

Osmani School pupils ©Brian Sweeney

With help from composer John Barber and artists from Schumann Street, Year 4 pupils from Osmani and Shapla primary schools have travelled the path of Robert Schuman 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.

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IN THE LIGHT OF AIR London Contemporary Orchestra SHOREDITCH CHURCH 8pm & 1.15am £28 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 perform the London premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s In The Light Of Air. Rumbling and atmospheric, it calls to mind the sparse landscapes of Thorvaldsdottir’s native Iceland, featuring a light installation which dims and glows according to the players’ breath. Please note there are two performances of this event.

FRIDAY8 DECEMBER

Generously supported by the RVW Trust and Hinrichsen Foundation

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— ANDRE

Andre de Ridder, Shumannn Street ©Brian Sweeney

"I invite you on this boundless musical journey of discovery and exploration throughout Spitalfields Music Festival, WHERE WE have ambitiously aimed at making each event, each evening, a festival in it’s own right.”

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SCHUMANN STREET Bryan Benner Sam Beste Liam Byrne Uri Caine Mara Carlyle HUGUENOT HOUSES OF SPITALFIELDS 5pm & 7.30pm £35

Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne Anne Denholm Abimaro Gunnell Lisa Hannigan Topi Lehtipuu Katherine Manley Phil Minton James McVinnie Robert Murray

Schuman 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.

SATURDAY 9 & SUNDAY I0 DECEMBER

Alex Reeve Shapla Salique Saied Silbak Aart Strootman Heloise Werner and more...

This project has been made possible by the generous support of our Keyholders Circle and Cockayne: Grants for the Arts

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HAPPENING ACROSS THE FESTIVAL Mark Titchner / Sara Mohr–Pietsch THERE WILL BE TWO WARS (songs of love and war) MARK TITCHNER

SATURDAY 2 — SUNDAY I0 DECEMBER

Exhibition hours on website £5 free entry with ticket to any festival performance 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. SARA MOHR-PIETSCH IN CONVERSATION… Released on our website Free BBC Radio 3’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch chats with festival artists, including festival curator André de Ridder, in a series of extended conversations. Our festival presenter Sara weaves together the stories and themes of the festival in this stimulating podcast series. Tune in for behind the scenes insight and in-depth discussions.

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VENUES

SHOREDITCH CHURCH Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JN HUGUENOT HOUSES OF SPITALFIELDS Meeting point to be revealed RICH MIX 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA

ACCESS

Wilkes Street ©James Berry

BOOKING,VENUES & INFORMATION

Wheelchair access is available in Shoreditch Church and Rich Mix. If you have specific access requirements or require a large print version of this brochure please email access@spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk Unfortunately we are unable to provide wheelchair access to Schumann Street and East End Speed Histories

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SHOREDITCH CHURCH SEATING PLAN

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HOW TO BOOK

ONLINE spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk PHONE 020 7377 1362 (Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm)

CONCESSIONS

UNDER 30S: % off JOBSEEKERS: DISABLED AND LIMITED MOBILITY:

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OFFERS

FESTIVAL SAVER Book three or more events and get 10% off. NO STRINGS ATTACHED If you live in Tower Hamlets and have never been to one of our events before, you can claim a pair of free tickets. Call 020 7377 1362 for more information. For full terms and conditions of booking please visit spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk/your-visit 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. Spitalfields Festival Ltd trading as Spitalfields Music is a registered charity no. 1052043 company no. 3138347 | St Margaret’s House, 15 Old Ford Road, London, E2 9PJ

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OUR WORK For over 40 years Spitalfields Music has been putting music at the heart of East London. We’ve built a nationwide reputation for high-quality performances, innovative artist development, and award-winning learning projects in our local borough. Always driven by the energy of our community, our work is founded on three pillars.

PERFORM We create unforgettable live music experiences that reimagine what classical music can mean for artists and audiences, bringing extraordinary East London spaces to life and welcoming one of the most diverse music audiences in the UK.

“Spitalfields Music's

dual focus of genuine, engaged community work and cutting edge music, make them a unique and vital provider of opportunities for developing artists.”

— TIMOTHY CAPE, COMPOSER

“Spitalfields Music Festival has grown into a strong, strange beast. Friendly in manner, fierce in ambition, it has a loyal following from the locality and beyond.” — THE OBSERVER CREATE We place artists at the heart of our work and are committed to nurturing their boldest and most insightful new ideas. We lead the music sector in artist development, pioneering programmes such as our Artistic Curator role, Open Call commissions and Trainee Music Leaders scheme.

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We believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience inspiring live music and to develop their own creativity. Our award-winning Learning & Participation programme reaches over 5,000 people each year in schools, libraries, care homes and community spaces.

“Thank you for helping me believe in myself.” — OSMANI PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPIL, AGED 7

Once Around the Sun © James Berry

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Year 3 pupil, Stewart Headlam Primary School

Alongside our annual festival Spitalfields Music provides inspirational creative projects for thousands of people across Tower Hamlets. In a borough where 72% of school children speak English as a second language and 49% of children live in poverty, our year-round Learning & Participation programme tackles inequality, fosters educational aspiration and enhances cultural integration.

spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk make a difference

To deliver this work, we rely on the support of our Members. For just £35 per year, you can join us and make a real difference to thousands of people’s lives. You’ll also receive lots of benefits that bring you closer to our work, like priority booking and invitations to special performances and events. For more information on how to join us, please contact me on 020 7377 0287 or dominic.haddock@spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk If you’re already a Member and are interested in how you might be able to make even more of a difference, I’d also love to talk.

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St Matthias pupil ©James Berry

“Thank you for making this project one of the best days of my life!”


THANK YOU Public Funders:

Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service, Youth Music London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Corporate Partners:

We are immensely grateful to the many, too many to mention here, organisations and individuals who have given their time, money and support to help make our year-round programme possible.

Janus Henderson Global Investors, M&G Investments, Travers Smith

Trusts and Foundations:

Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, Childhood Trust, Dunard Fund, Hinrichsen Foundation, Kirby Laing Foundation, Loveday Charitable Trust, Mary Kinross Charitable Trust, Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers

Festival Sponsors:

London Pianos

Champions and Major Donors: Maurice & Sophie Biriotti, Andrew Blankfield & Bernadette Hillman, Chris Carter & Stuart Donachie, Geoffrey Collens, Albert & Rowan Edwards, Spencer & Lucy de Grey, Colleen Keck, Peter & Sarah King, George & Ann Law, Catarina Leigh-Pemberton, Nick Macrae, Simon Martin, Jasmine Mathews, Alan Moses & Dinah Casson, Helen Payne, Richard Syred & Brian Parsons, Susie Thomson (curator champion), John & Linde Wotton, Hedley Wright, The late Peter Lerwill, The late Christopher Vaughan

Keyholders Circle: Stephen & Jackie Benson, Maurice & Sophie Biriotti, Chris Carter & Stuart Donachie, Meredith & Caroline Lloyd-Evans, Charles & Tessa King-Farlow, Jasmine Mathews, Imogen Rumbold, Paul Steeples, John & Linde Wotton

Board: Remi Atoyebi, Maurice Biriotti (chair), Lindsey Glen, Nick Hardie, Michael Keating, Simon Martin, Jasmine Mathews, Sir Alan Moses, Nicky Oppenheimer, Katie Tearle MBE

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2–10 December

Spitalfields Music Festival 2017  

“With this festival we have ambitiously aimed at making each event, each evening a festival in its own right. No programme will be presented...