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WELCOME TO OUR FESTIVAL Spitalfields Music creates bespoke musical experiences, specially tailored to the area and community in which we find a constant source of inspiration. This December, hear the best in early music performance alongside storytelling, miniature drawing room concerts, dinner and music at a Michelinstarred restaurant and explorations of song from various times and places. Throughout the evenings we welcome return performances from The Sixteen, Joglaresa, I Fagiolini and La Nuova Musica, alongside debuts from Gallicantus, White Rabbit and Gavin Bryars’s ‘circus band’. Meanwhile, during the days we’ve got special concerts for young listeners and composers as well as end-of-year celebrations with our community choirs, who will sing the year out in their own inimitable style. Housed in some of Spitalfields’ most treasured venues, ranging from the grandeur of Christ Church to the intimacy of a Georgian front room, our programme promises to bring some welcome warmth to your winter this year. I hope there will be lots to tempt you, and look forward to welcoming you to the Festival. Abigail Pogson Executive Director
Buy-one, Donate-one. When you buy your ticket, why not consider donating the value of a second ticket? We give all donated tickets to local residents who have not been to a Festival before and wish to experience our events for the first time.
SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER
MONDAY 12 DECEMBER
London Contemporary Orchestra
Live performances 12.00pm–3.00pm (Market open 11.00am–4.00pm)
7.00pm – 8.30pm
Crispin Place, Spitalfields E1 Free, no booking required A special Saturday Christmas market with live music, puppetry, fashion and more all to celebrate, promote and raise funds for the work of Crisis. In partnership with Crisis and Spitalfields E1
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) £15, £10, £5 London Contemporary Orchestra Agata Szymczewska violin Hugh Brunt conductor Vivier Pulau Dewata Martin Suckling de sol y grana World Premiere commissioned by London Music Masters Grisey Vortex Temporum The London Contemporary Orchestra showcase three contemporary works; Vivier’s rarely heard Pulau Dewata captures the spirit of Bali, setting the scene for the world premiere of Suckling’s Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra and Grisey’s late masterpiece Vortex Temporum, which explores time as perceived by whales, humans, birds and insects completes the programme. Supported by London Music Masters
TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER Mercy and Grand: The Tom Waits Project 7.00pm–9.00pm Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) A £15 B £10 C/D £5 Jessica Walker voice Joe Townsend violin Simon Allen percussion Gavin Bryars double bass and harmonium Karen Street accordion Dai Pritchard tenor saxophone, clarinets and flute James Woodrow guitars David Smith piano and harmonium Composed by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan Arranged by Gavin Bryars, Joe Townsend and James Holmes Gavin Bryars’s extraordinarily versatile ‘circus band’ brings together ten songs by Tom Waits, two by Kurt Weill, a sea shanty, a hymn, a couple of instrumental gypsy tangos and a classic Fellini film score. With mezzo-soprano Jessica Walker at the centre, Waits’s and Brennan’s songs of love, heartbreak and intoxication are revealed in all their strange beauty.
“I’m honoured to have an artist of Gavin Bryars’s stature dress these songs up and take them out to an elegant night on the town.” Tom Waits Produced by Opera North Projects Insight: 6.30pm Gavin Bryars discusses the inspiration behind his ‘circus band’ and his arrangements of Tom Waits’s songs.
WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER Open Ears
In the House
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) Free, booking required
In the Georgian drawing rooms of Spitalfields £30, including drinks.
Devised and presented by Duncan Chapman Explore the incredible art of composition and making music from scratch. Meet our laptop orchestra of local young musicians, hear pieces for French horn and fog horn and discover the 13th-century Japanese Shakuhachi, with sampling and electronics all performed in surround sound in Shoreditch Church. Prepare to have your ears opened!
Recitals by students from the Royal Academy of Music Join us in exploring the stunning Georgian architecture of Spitalfields with a series of five mini recitals and a journey through musical history, where new commissions stand alongside early works. This event is part a concert series, part a historical tour, set in a glorious selection of houses. Come and discover this unique part of London through music, finishing up with a small drinks reception at the final venue. We regret that this event is not fully accessible to customers with limited mobility.
THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER Winter Voices
Crispin Place, Spitalfields E1 Free, no booking required
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) A £15 B £10 C/D £5
Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service
Gallicantus Gabriel Crouch director
Celebrate the sounds of winter in this lunchtime event! Come and hear the extraordinary young singers from schools across Tower Hamlets showcasing their creative energy, musical skills and exuberance.
Dialogues of Sorrow Music by John Coprario, Robert Ramsey, Richard Dering, John Ward and Thomas Weelkes
“The concert at Shoreditch Church was inspiring. A great evening” – Audience member, June 2011
Breaking onto the scene in 2009, Gallicantus’s recording Dialogues of Sorrow met with huge critical acclaim. Nearly four hundred years ago James I’s son, Prince Henry, died of typhoid fever following a swim in the Thames. His death inspired some of the most exquisite verse and music reflecting a nation in mourning. Performing this material in concert for the first time, Gabriel Crouch’s new choir make their Spitalfields debut. “This is a perfect selection … lovingly and movingly performed” Early Music Today
FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER Open Mic Night
Crisis Skylight Café Pay what you can on the night, booking required
Bishopsgate Institute Free, booking required
An uplifting and informal open mic night, hosted by Streetwise Opera and Crisis Skylight and featuring the singing talents of their performers alongside brave members of the public. Cheer, join in with a sing-a-long or even sign up to take a solo slot in support of the two charities!
Spitalfields Singers & Bishopsgate Singers Gitika Partington & Dominic Stichbury leaders The first ever joint concert by these two neighbouring choirs. Lighten up your lunchtime with songs from across the musical spectrum, guaranteed to raise the roof in the newly restored Bishopsgate Institute.
I Fagiolini’s 25th Birthday Cocktail 7.00pm–8.50pm Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) A £22 B £17 C £10 D £5 I Fagiolini Robert Hollingworth director Senfl Das G’läut zu Speyer Janequin Le Chant des oyseaulx Striggio Caro dolce ben mio Monteverdi Incenerite spoglie Britten Sacred and Profane Milhaud Deux Poèmes Three vocal soufflés Over the last 25 years, I Fagiolini have delighted audiences with their particular brand of serious music-making, humour and innovative stagings. To celebrate their quarter-century, they bring together Renaissance masterworks such as Monteverdi’s peerless lament Incenerite spoglie, a new staging of Janequin’s cheeky birdsong story and Benjamin Britten’s theatrical and virtuosic cycle of medieval texts. “I Fagiolini are surely unequalled in their ability to project Monteverdi’s madrigals as miniature dramas.” Daily Telegraph
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SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER Dancing with your Ears
A Breath of Enlightenment
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) £5 General Admission
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) A £22 B £17 C £10 D £5
Women sing East Laka D director
European Union Baroque Orchestra Alexis Kossenko director and flute/ recorder soloist Zefira Valova concert master and violin soloist
Our 50-strong women’s choir is a must-hear favourite of the Festival. This concert guarantees that you leave with a smile on your face and a song on your lips. A mix of jazz and popular standards peppered with musical delights that will keep you warm by getting you dancing in the aisles. “Can you bottle that so that I can take some home?” – Audience member, June 2011
Locatelli Concerto Pastorale in F minor Op.1 No.8 ‘Christmas Concerto’ Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini Concerto in F major for recorder and strings Graupner Overture in E major GWV 436 Telemann Concerto in E minor for flute, violin and strings, TWV 52: e3 Pisendel Sonata in C minor Geminiani Concerto Grosso in D minor JS Bach Suite No.2 in B minor BWV 1067 From Locatelli to JS Bach via Pisendel we travel through 18th-century Europe and through a period of change from the formal baroque style to the emerging classical style – step forward the orchestra! In a rare London appearance, the European Union Baroque Orchestra explore this musical transition, shaking off the rules of baroque structure along the way.
SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER Are you sitting comfortably?
A Musical Feast
The English Restaurant £8 in advance, £10 on the door
Galvin La Chapelle £55, including two course meal with coffee and petit fours
GHOSTS, as told by White Rabbit: Bernadette Russell and Gareth Brierley A selection of seasonal spooky stories, written by local writers, read in the magical English Restaurant with live music and beautiful vintage visuals, plus competitions and prizes. Come and enjoy our winter edition of Are You Sitting Comfortably? – one of London’s most enjoyable and quirky nights out. “Fantastic alternative fun” Time Out
The Sixteen Harry Christophers director Programmes of early English music spanning lesser-known carols from the 15th & 16th centuries to the more familiar. The stunning historic building housing Michelin-starred La Chapelle hosts this Festival’s musical banquet, combining delicious food with a series of mini-concerts throughout the evening by members of The Sixteen. Let there be music and food – a fine way to close the year.
MONDAY 19 DECEMBER Musical Rumpus – Blue Butterfly
Brady Arts & Community Centre Free, booking required
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) A £15 B £10 C/D £5
Zoë Palmer singer and presenter
Joglaresa Belinda Sykes director
Join Blue Butterfly and friends as they embark on an epic journey to the top of a dark mountain in search of the sun. Guided by singing leader Zoë Palmer, there will be opportunities to sing, dance, experiment with instruments including crinkly space blankets and shaky eggs, or to just sit and enjoy! For 0-2 years and open to parents/carers and nursery groups. “This is fantastic, we really enjoyed the hands-on element” – Audience member, June 2011
Traditional English music from the 12th–15th Century. From instrumental dances to English lullabies, Joglaresa raise our festive spirits with their strictly medieval programme: harps, vielles, voices and bells. “Thrilling and haunting” The Times
TUESDAY 20 DECEMBER Messiah 7.00pm–9.45pm Christ Church Spitalfields A £22 B £17 C £10 D £5 La Nuova Musica David Bates director Anna Dennis soprano Marie Elliott contralto Simon Wall tenor Timothy Dickinson bass Handel Messiah La Nuova Musica wowed audiences in 2010 and return to Spitalfields with their Messiah debut. The group use the intimacy of the piece to tell this timeless story with the utmost clarity, flair and virtuosity in the glorious setting of Hawksmoor’s Christ Church. “La Nuova Musica makes music very much in the spirit of its founder: extrovert, free-spirited and alive to every sob, sigh and smile.” The Times
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Concessions Children under 16: 50% discount Students: £5 best available (valid student ID required) Accompanying parent to a family friendly event: 10% discount Disabled and limited mobility: free companion ticket where required Groups of 10+: 10% discount
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Venues Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH Brady Arts & Community Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street, E1 6LY Crisis Skylight CafĂŠ, 66 Commercial Street, E1 6LT Crispin Place, Spitalfields Market, E1 6LY The English Restaurant, 52 Brushfield Street, E1 6JN Galvin La Chapelle, 35 Spital Square, E1 6DY
Spitalfields Music (registered as Spitalfields Festival) is a registered charity no. 1052043 Illustration Joanna Moore www.joanna-moore.co.uk Graphic Design Imagist www.imagistlondon.com
Shoreditch Church (St Leonardâ€™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.
Thank you We would like to thank the many organisations and individuals who generously support our year-round Learning & Participation programme and our Festivals, including our many patrons and those who give us help in kind. Arts Council England London City of London London Borough of Tower Hamlets THAMES Transformers Youth Music Allen & Overy Clifford Chance Hammerson M&G Group News International Spitalfields E1 Aldgate & Allhallows Barking Exhibition Foundation Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust City Bridge Trust Columbia Foundation Fund of the Capital Community Foundation Coutts Charitable Trust Derek Shuttleworth Educational Trust EsmĂŠe Fairbairn Foundation
Garrick Charitable Trust Golsconcott Foundation Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust John & Susan Bowers Fund Musicians Benevolent Fund Lynn Foundation Paul Hamlyn Foundation PRS for Music Foundation Rothschild Walter Guinness Charitable Trust Worshipful Company of Girdlers Worshipful Company of Ironmongers Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks The late Peter Lerwill The late Christopher Vaughan Andrew Blankfield & Bernadette Hillman Chris Carter and Stuart Donachie Geoffrey Collens Michael Cutting Alex & Susan de Mont Nigel Dutson Albert & Rowen Edwards Helen Fraser CBE Milton Grundy Foundation Nick & Emma Hardie Keith & Sarah Jane Haydon Rosalind Hedley-Miller John & Moyra Horseman Colleen Keck Peter & Sarah King George Law Alan & Dinah Moses Mr and Mrs Spencer & Lucy de Grey Richard Syred & Brian Parsons The Ten Bells Peter Wakefield The Partners & Alumni of Allen & Overy
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Date Time Event Sat 10 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
London Contemporary Orchestra
Tues 13 Dec
Mercy & Grand: The Tom Waits Project
Wed 14 Dec 11.00am Open Ears 6.00pm In the House Thurs 15 Dec 12.30pm Winter Voices 7.00pm Gallicantus 7.00pm Open Mic Night Fri 16 Dec
Neighbourhood Songs I Fagiolini’s 25th Birthday Cocktail
Sat 17 Dec
1.00pm 7.00pm 8.00pm
Dancing with your Ears A Breath of Enlightenment Are you sitting comfortably?
Sun 18 Dec
A Musical Feast
Mon 19 Dec 10.30am Musical Rumpus – Blue Butterfly 7.00pm Yoolis Tues 20 Dec Family Friendly
WINTER FESTIVAL 10 â€“ 20 December 2011 020 7377 1362 spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk