SUMMER FESTIVAL 8 – 23 June 2012
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2 (Front cover) On top of the world Matthew Barley at Village Underground. Matthew Barley is a cellist who has performed in over 50 countries. Whilst cello playing is at the centre of his career, his musical world has virtually no geographical, social or stylistic boundaries. Music Director of BBC2 TV’s Classical Star programme, Matthew Barley is passionate about education, improvisation, crossdisciplinary projects, composition, and pioneering community programmes.
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Spitalfields Music in 2011 • 250 music workshops for participants aged 2 days old – 96 years • 2 annual music festivals, live in Spitalfields and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 • free ticket scheme for local Tower Hamlets residents • 10 commissions of new music
Celebrate this Festival Year 6 student at Canon Barnett Primary School.
Welcome to our Summer Festival 2012 Our area has long been a gateway to London and we hope that whether you are coming to us from around the corner or around the world, you will enjoy this Festival hosted by the most dynamic and varied part of the city. As always, Spitalfields sits at the heart of our programming; its people and its places, its past and its present together inspire a Festival designed for locals and visitors to enjoy together, celebrating and discovering this unique place. In 2012 we are pleased to welcome a new group of Associate Artists: the Gabrieli Consort & Players, who this year celebrate their 30th anniversary, innovative cellist Matthew Barley and tabla player, producer and composer Talvin Singh. Each Associate Artist has designed a series which captures and champions the spirit of Spitalfields. Alongside these strands we have some Dutch visitors, including the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Ton Koopman to open the Festival, and a mini-series of staged events in Village Underground and Shoreditch Town Hall bringing some of the UK’s most innovative theatre companies together with Festival regulars such as The Sixteen, London Sinfonietta and La Nuova Musica.
In and among these are our wellknown assortment of world-class artists and local talent, performing in some of the most distinctive and characterful venues in London. There are also numerous opportunities to participate and create. The festivities culminate on 23 June in the streets of Spitalfields with a community party. All are welcome, whether you live here or are visiting, for a day of music, dance and activity for all the family. And as every good street party should, it will end with a performance of a new piece of music written for 200 voices, four horns and fire!
General Booking opens 30 January 2012
Enjoy choosing your events and we look forward to seeing you in Spitalfields this June.
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“... top class performers and inspired programming” Time Out “Spitalfields Music has built up a reputation for adding something fresh to the new-music scene” The Times
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Ears of all ages are welcome at our concerts. If you would like some advice on what to choose for your family, please do call our box office on 020 7377 1362 and we will be happy to help. Insight events shown throughout the brochure are free, but booking is required.
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Lunchtime in the Market Mon 11 – Fri 22 June 12.30pm – 1.45pm
FRIDAY 8 JUNE
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Sounds of Spitalfields
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
12.30pm – 2.00pm
Ton Koopman conductor Dorothee Mields soprano
Spitalfields E1 Free Tim Davy director Spitalfields comes alive with music as we mark the launch of our Festival. This year we bring you blasts of brass from every which way you turn in Spitalfields Market.
Five Rings Triples 7.00pm – 7.30pm The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths open the Festival by ringing a brand new piece by Howard Skempton with the bells of Christ Church Spitalfields. Commissioned as part of the PRS for Music Foundation New Music 20×12 programme In partnership with Third Ear
7.30pm – 9.15pm Christ Church Spitalfields A £32 B £26 C £16 D £10 E £5
JS Bach Suite No.1 in C major, BWV 1066 Cantata “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” BWV 51 Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV 1048 Cantata “Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten” BWV 202 Founded by the prolific Ton Koopman, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra is internationally famous for its commitment to authentic early music performance. Opening the Festival with a rare London appearance they will perform some of JS Bach’s greatest works, composed in Germany in the same decade that Nicholas Hawksmoor was building his masterpiece Christ Church in Spitalfields. Supported by an anonymous donor, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Performing Arts Fund NL. Insight: 6.30pm Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to Ton Koopman about tonight’s programme and the authentic performance movement.
Bishops Square, Spitalfields E1 Free Meet us under the canopy on weekday lunchtimes in Bishops Square for our celebration of the voice. Our most immediate and natural instrument is explored in its many exciting forms, from local groups to different traditions from across the globe. Enjoy your lunch while vocal harmonies pour out across the marketplace! In partnership with Bishopsgate Institute
“I am a Stranger Here...”: An East End Exploration Sat 9 – Mon 11 June 2.30 – 4.30pm & 6.00 – 8.00pm Sat, Sun 7.30pm – 9.30pm Mon Meeting place confirmed upon booking £12 Alan Gilbey BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter and lifelong East Ender Alan Gilbey invites you on a tour of Spitalfields like no other, ending at a secret destination far below the Festival where others wait to tell tales less told. To coincide with his new book, ‘East End Backpassages: an explorer’s guide’, join Alan and other local writers and performers in an immersive event which is part history walk, part site specific performance and full of intrigue. “The cool alternative option... would make any music hall audience worth its salt roar with laughter” Independent We regret that this event is not fully accessible to customers with limited mobility. Not suitable for children.
A window to the past Alan Gilbey at The English Restaurant.
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SATURDAY 9 JUNE Matthew Barley: What’s Music For? 4.30pm – 5.30pm Christ Church Spitalfields £8 advance, £10 on the door Matthew Barley cello / presenter Music is one of the most extraordinary phenomena conjured from the human imagination. It is certainly one of the most entertaining things we have managed to create, but, looking deeper, what is it actually for? Why do all cultures from all periods of history create music? Opening his series as Associate Artist, cellist Matthew Barley explores these questions in an ear-and-mindexpanding event that combines performance with talk, improvisation, recorded examples and discussion.
An Immortal Legacy 7.30pm – 9.15pm Christ Church Spitalfields A £32 B £26 C £16 D £10 E £5 The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Byrd Haec Dies Laudibus in sanctis Tallis Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter O nata lux O sacrum convivium Loquebantur variis linguis Cornysh Ah Robin Adieu, adieu my heartes lust Salve Regina MacMillan Sedebit Dominus Rex Mitte manum tuam Tippett Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time Britten Dances from Gloriana The Sixteen return to Christ Church with some of the best-loved classics of Tudor and Jacobean church music and madrigals alongside popular pieces by Britten, MacMillan and Tippett. “Harry Christophers’ programme was a miniature masterpiece of judgement and design, a demonstration of the continuity of the English (and Scottish!) choral tradition” Seen and Heard, Cardiff
SUNDAY 10 JUNE Tafelmusik 7.00pm – 10.00pm The English Restaurant £55, including three course meal. London Handel Players Laurence Cummings director After the sell-out success of Tafelmusik’s first instalment in Summer 2011, the London Handel Players step up to the plate to bring new life to the tradition of intimate dining concerts. The ensemble provides exquisite baroque ‘table music’ from Handel, CPE Bach and Telemann, whilst the English Restaurant provide their lovinglyprepared English cooking in 17thcentury surroundings.
Insight 6.30pm A conversation with Harry Christophers.
Heavenly harmonies La Nuova Musica rehearsal at Christ Church Spitalfields. 6
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MONDAY 11 JUNE A&O Singers 6.00pm – 7.00pm Christ Church Spitalfields £20 unreserved A&O Singers Our neighbours from Allen & Overy make their Festival debut! Having participated in a number of performances including The City Sings at the Barbican and Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) at Glyndebourne opera house, The A&O Singers now perform a programme in the spirit of Spitalfields, spanning baroque to modern works, together with instrumentalists from the firm.
Matthew Barley: Amongst Friends 8.00pm – 9.30pm Christ Church Spitalfields Tickets start at £5. Each time an artist is announced, the price will increase! Matthew Barley cello Special guest artists announced during spring 2012. What happens the first time a group of the country’s leading chamber musicians and soloists get together to play familiar music? For many, the first time a piece is played together is the most exciting, but it usually happens behind closed doors. Tonight Matthew Barley invites a group of ten well known friends to come together to play some of our best-loved chamber music. They invite you, the audience, to come and hear the very first moments of musical collaboration.
TUESDAY 12 JUNE Gabrieli Consort & Players: The Fairy Queen 7.30pm – 9.30pm Christ Church Spitalfields A £32 B £26 C £16 D £10 E £5 Gabrieli Consort & Players Paul McCreesh conductor Sophie Bevan soprano Katherine Manley soprano Zoe Brown soprano Helen-Jane Howells soprano Nicholas Mulroy tenor Ashley Riches baritone George Humphreys baritone Purcell The Fairy Queen The Fairy Queen is one of Purcell’s most glorious scores, brimming with invention, in lively dances and songs ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, via every emotion in between. The bittersweet and erotic undertones of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream have rarely been as beautifully captured as they are in this wonderful exploration. “... utter delight ... pure enchantment...” Independent, 2005 Supported by the Associate Artists Supporters Group and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust Insight: 6.30pm Purcell’s biographer Jonathan Keates and Paul McCreesh discuss The Fairy Queen
Underground talent Ricardo Dasilva (East London Dance) and Martynas Levickis (Royal Academy of Music) at Charnel House. 8
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WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE Musical Rumpus: A Fairy Queen in the Forest 10.30am – 11.30am & 12.00pm – 1.00pm Rich Mix Free, booking required Zoë Palmer presenter Soloists from The Gabrieli Consort & Players Henry Purcell arr. Sam Glazer The Fairy Queen Come and explore the world of fantastical animals and fairies in a magical forest, created especially for a toddling audience. This very special concert is an invitation for you to sing, play and roll about in our imaginary world. Designed for 0-3 year olds but older siblings welcome. Open to parents/ carers and nursery groups. Supported by Youth Music, Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES) and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
Women sing East 7.00pm – 8.15pm Shoreditch Church £10 unreserved Women sing East Laka D conductor This extraordinary ensemble will be singing their way through two decades of popular classics, arranged by the brilliant Laka D, one of the founding members of The Electric Landladies. Performing alongside the Women sing East trio, these vivacious performers are sure to melt away the strains and stresses of your daily grind. 10
Bow Down 6.30pm – 7.30pm & 8.30pm – 9.30pm Village Underground £15 seated, £8 standing London Sinfonietta The Opera Group Frederic Wake-Walker director Harrison Birtwistle music Tony Harrison libretto Bow Down is the pinnacle achievement of Harrison Birtwistle’s lifelong aim to marry music and theatre. A group of actors and musicians together re-tell in text and music the old English story of the Two Sisters; a tale of young love, jealousy and violence brought vividly to life directed by The Opera Group’s acclaimed new Artistic Director Frederic Wake-Walker. This is storytelling like you’ve never heard before. In partnership with Village Underground Not suitable for children under 12.
Talvin Singh: Tabla Rasa 7.30pm – 9.15pm Christ Church Spitalfields A £32 B £26 C £16 D £10 E £5 Talvin Singh tabla Anne Garner vocals A pioneer of music in East London, celebrated tabla player, producer and composer Talvin Singh is known for creating original sounds fusing traditional Indian classical music techniques with Western electronica. Returning to the heart of Spitalfields, Singh opens his Associate Artist series performing new works for tabla and string ensemble alongside a new collaboration with multi-instrumentalist and folk and electronica singer Anne Garner.
THURSDAY 14 JUNE Gabrieli Consort & Players: Stravinsky Mass
La Nuova Musica & Vignette Productions 8.00pm – 10.00pm
7.30pm – 8.45pm Christ Church Spitalfields A £32 B £26 C £16 D £10 E £5 Gabrieli Consort Paul McCreesh conductor Stravinsky Mass Also featuring works by Willaert and Josquin Taking Stravinsky’s great mass setting for voices and wind instruments within as a centre point, the Gabrieli Consort & Players explore this singular work alongside motets by Willaert, Josquin and other renaissance composers. Their programme is inspired by Stravinsky’s lifelong interest in early polyphony and explores works composed across 500 years. “Stepping inside the restored majesty of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s Christ Church, Spitalfields, the spirit soars high enough. It soars even more if Paul McCreesh’s Gabrieli Consort & Players are inside.” Guardian Supported by J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust and Hammerson plc Insight 6.30pm A conversation with Paul McCreesh
Shoreditch Town Hall £15 unreserved Vignette Productions La Nuova Musica David Bates conductor Andrew Staples director Sacrifices: Giacomo Carissimi Jephte Marc-Antoine Charpentier Sacrificium Abrahae Sacrifices is a staging of two trailblazing oratorios from the middle Baroque by two of the most vibrant young companies in theatre and music in the UK. Festival favourites La Nuova Musica collaborate for the first time with Vignette Productions, transforming Shoreditch Town Hall with immersive sound installations and breathing new life into these early masterpieces. “One of the most exciting consorts in the Early Music field” BBC Radio 3 on La Nuova Musica “Some of the most nuanced dramatic performances you’re ever likely to see on an operatic stage” The Arts Desk on Vignette Productions. Supported by Geoffrey Collens
Uncovering treasures past Paul McCreesh at John & Terry’s music stall, Old Spitalfields Market. Founded by Paul McCreesh in 1982, Gabrieli Consort & Players are interpreters of great choral and instrumental repertoire, spanning from the renaissance to the present day. Their performances encompass major works from the oratorio tradition, virtuosic a cappella programmes and mould-breaking reconstructions of music from historical events. 11
Classic East Remixed Talvin Singh at Oxford House Chapel, Bethnal Green. Talvin Singh is a Tabla player, electronic musician, music theorist, record producer and DJ. Widely considered the father of modern Asian electronic music, Singh is known for creating an innovative fusion of classical Indian music, drum and bass, and experimental sounds.
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FRIDAY 15 JUNE Old Earth 6.30pm – 7.30pm & 8.30pm – 9.30pm Village Underground £15 The Sixteen Jericho House Harry Christophers conductor Jonathan Holmes director Lucy Wilkinson designer Samuel Beckett’s Old Earth world premiere Music by Alec Roth Two of the strongest forces in UK theatre and classical music present the stage premiere of a series of monologues by Samuel Beckett, accompanied by a new music commission from Alec Roth. Beckett’s attention to musicality and texture in his writing has given his work a revered place in our theatrical landscape and his monologues are no exception, exploring, through a rich and elemental language, our relationship with the land and our journey through life. Roth’s ongoing fascination with text and the voice mark him out as he responds to Beckett’s texts with a new choral piece for The Sixteen. An event not to miss! “Brilliant cutting edge theatre. An exceptional audience experience” Jon Snow on Jericho House “Time and again, words and music cut through to grasp ears and hearts... we seemed to be hearing music that always existed” The Times on Alec Roth Supported by Columbia Foundation (San Francisco). Music commissioned by The Sixteen and Spitalfields Music with support from Spitalfields Music’s New Music Commission Fund and Katie Bradford, the Idlewild Trust, RVW Trust and the John S Cohen Foundation.
With permission from the Beckett Estate.
La Nuova Musica & Vignette Productions 8.00pm – 10.00pm Shoreditch Town Hall £15 unreserved Vignette Productions La Nuova Musica David Bates conductor Andrew Staples director Sacrifices: Giacomo Carissimi Jephte Marc-Antoine Charpentier Sacrificium Abrahae Sacrifices is a staging of two trailblazing oratorios from the middle Baroque by two of the most vibrant young companies in theatre and music in the UK. Festival favourites La Nuova Musica collaborate for the first time with Vignette Productions, transforming Shoreditch Town Hall with immersive sound installations and breathing new life into these early masterpieces, Sacrifices brings together two of the most stunning oratorios in an innovative setting. “One of the most exciting consorts in the Early Music field” BBC Radio 3 on La Nuova Musica “Some of the most nuanced dramatic performances you’re ever likely to see on an operatic stage” The Arts Desk on Vignette Productions. Supported by Andrew Blankfield and friends.
SATURDAY 16 JUNE Night of the Unexpected
Old Earth 6.30pm – 7.30pm & 8.30pm – 9.30pm Village Underground £15 The Sixteen Jericho House Harry Christophers conductor Jonathan Holmes director Lucy Wilkinson designer
8.00pm – 11.00pm Bishopsgate Institute £12 in advance, £15 on the door Roland Spekle curator Artists to include Han Bennink, Philip Jeck, Tania Chen, Steve Beresford, Stewart Lee and onedotzero. The Night of the Unexpected has established cult status in Dutch cultural life and throughout Europe, and now makes its London debut. The idea is simple: an evening of short, sharp performances in swift succession, with a programme which cross-cuts through styles and genres, varying from experimental beats, electronics and improvised jazz to composed repertoire and conceptual pop music. Alongside these performances onedotzero will present an audiovisual installation of transporting, immersive and contemplative moving image work. “No ordinary concert, but a mixture of extremes” Kees Arntzen Supported by an anonymous donor, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Performing Arts Fund NL. Thanks also to Paradiso and Gaudeamus Music Week.
Samuel Beckett’s Old Earth Music by Alec Roth Two of the strongest forces in UK theatre and classical music present the stage premiere of a series of monologues by Samuel Beckett, accompanied by a new music commission from Alec Roth. Beckett’s attention to musicality and texture in his writing has given his work a revered place in our theatrical landscape and his monologues are no exception, exploring, through a rich and elemental language, our relationship with the land and our journey through life. Roth’s ongoing fascination with text and the voice mark him out as he responds to Beckett’s texts with a new choral piece for The Sixteen. An event not to miss! “Brilliant cutting edge theatre. An exceptional audience experience” Jon Snow on Jericho House “Time and again, words and music cut through to grasp ears and hearts... we seemed to be hearing music that always existed” The Times on Alec Roth Supported by Columbia Foundation (San Francisco). Music commissioned by The Sixteen and Spitalfields Music with support from Spitalfields Music’s New Music Commission Fund and Katie Bradford, the Idlewild Trust, RVW Trust and the John S Cohen Foundation. With permission from the Beckett Estate. 13
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MONDAY 18 JUNE Platform: “One day like this...”
A Cappella Pilgrimage: Melvyn Tan 9.00pm – 10.00pm Monteverdi Choir
6.30pm – 8.00pm
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Shoreditch Church Free, booking required
Christ Church Spitalfields A £32 B £26 C £16 D £10 E £5
A host of talented young musicians from across Tower Hamlets perform jazz, contemporary and classical hits. Students learning with the awardwinning Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES) will partner up with pupils from Phoenix Secondary School to present an inspiring night of collaborative music-making.
Monteverdi Choir John Eliot Gardiner conductor
7.00pm – 8.00pm
In the wake of their successful musical pilgrimages (Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, Pilgrimage to Santiago), the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner prepare to celebrate their 50th birthday in style in 2014 with a pilgrimage along the ancient via francigena road from Canterbury to Rome. Retracing the steps of the original pilgrims, they will bring back to life exceptionally beautiful Renaissance polyphony in some of the continent’s most spectacular churches and cathedrals.
Masonic Temple, Andaz Liverpool Street £15
“If there were Nobel Prizes for choirs, Monteverdi should be its laureate” Le Monde
Karen Jones flute Caroline Dale cello
Supported by Friends of Monteverdi
In partnership with Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service and Phoenix Secondary School. Supported by Hammerson and donors through The Big Give
Two Part Inventions
JS Bach Two Part Inventions
Making it all happen Festival volunteers Grethe, Niharika and Stan at Dennis Severs’ House. 14
Music by Tallis and Byrd set alongside their Flemish, French and Italian contemporaries and predecessors.
Hear JS Bach’s Two Part Inventions played in an entirely new combination of flute and cello in the stunning and intimate surroundings of a hidden Masonic Temple. The Temple, which remained forgotten and walled off for decades before its rediscovery during a 1990s refurbishment, provides an opulent backdrop of marble and gilt to this intimate concert. Discover both the hidden Temple and a refreshing take on this well-known work.
Insight: 6.30pm Sir John Eliot Gardiner talks about tonight’s programme and the ancient pilgrimage route.
Shoreditch Church A £15 B £10 C/D £5 Melvyn Tan piano Judith’s Variations: 11 short reflections on Bist du bei mir G H Stölzel arr. JS Bach. Variations by Richard Rodney Bennett, Michael Berkeley, Diana Burrell, Anthony Burton, Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Dove, Stephen Johns, Thea Musgrave, Tarik O’Regan, Anthony Payne, Judith Weir JS Bach English Suite No.5 in E minor BWV 810 Inspired by Bach’s Bist du bei mir, the aria found in Anna Magdalena Bach’s notebooks, Festival regular Melvyn Tan gives the premiere of eleven variations written by some of the biggest names in classical music today. Each is a unique gem in a wonderful collection written in dedication to Judith Serota, Spitalfields Music’s Executive Director from 1988–2007. Supported by George Law
TUESDAY 19 JUNE Neighbourhood Schools: Chaos and Creation 12.30pm – 1.30pm Shoreditch Church Free, booking required Sam Glazer presenter EXAUDI Students from Kobi Nazrul and Hague Primary School Young musicians from Kobi Nazrul and Hague Primary Schools have created their own pieces inspired by John Cage’s Four Solos. Working alongside some of the UK’s leading singers – EXAUDI – these young composers and performers have created their own responses to this musical pioneer, to perform for you 100 years after his birth. “music is an affirmation of life – not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living” John Cage.
Schubert Ensemble 7.30pm – 9.15pm Shoreditch Church A £22 B £17 C £10 D £5 Schubert Ensemble Martinu Piano Quartet No.1 H 287 Watkins Piano Quartet world premiere Dvorák Piano Quartet No.2 in E flat major op.87 The Schubert Ensemble is known for its fervent commitment to repertoire for piano and strings and brings the same level of passion and innovation to new commissions and revered classics. For this concert of contrasts the ensemble perform the world premiere of Huw Watkins’s Piano Quartet, written specially for the ensemble, between two Czech piano quartets, Martinu’s sparkling and poignant 1942 work and Dvorák’s rich and colourful piano quartet. “outstanding in every respect” The Guardian Supported by Spitalfields Music’s New Music Commission Fund Insight: 6.30pm Huw Watkins in conversation with Judith Weir
Supported by M&G Investments
Uncaged enthusiasm Year 6 students at Canon Barnett Primary School. 16
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WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE Undiscovered Spitalfields 7.00pm – 9.00pm Meeting place confirmed upon booking £20 Curated by Mica Levi With Gamelan Lila Cita, Sankorfa, Edmund Finnis, Gameshow Outpatient, Shiva Feshareki and Jonathan Harvey’s Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco. One of last summer’s biggest Festival hits, Undiscovered Spitalfields is your chance to experience our well-loved series of intimate performances. Set in some of Spitalfields’ most secluded and little-known venues including Dennis Severs’ House and our local masonic temple, Undiscovered Spitalfields explores the diverse sonic capabilities of the bell, reflecting on the various roles and guises of this often underestimated instrument. With thanks to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry We regret this event is not fully accessible to customers with limited mobility.
Britten Sinfonia & The Choir of Royal Holloway
Matthew Barley: The Protecting Veil
7.30pm – 8.45pm
Shoreditch Church A £15 B £10 C/D £5
Shoreditch Church A £15 B £10 C/D £5 Britten Sinfonia The Choir of Royal Holloway Rupert Gough director
9.30pm – 10.30pm
Nicholas Collon conductor Matthew Barley cello Royal Academy of Music String Ensemble John Tavener The Protecting Veil
Miškinis Time is Endless Maskats Lacrimosa Prayer to the Night (Luugums naktij) Plakidis Eternity (Müžïba) Song of the Flax-Breakers (Mïstat linus, mïstïtäji) Dubra Ave Maria Pärt Bogoróditse Djévo Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten Kõrvits Kreek’s Notebook UK premiere The Britten Sinfonia join The Choir of Royal Holloway in an event exploring the rich sound worlds of the Baltic States, with music rooted in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonian culture alongside the world premiere of Korvits’s Kreek’s Notebook.
Since its premiere by Steven Isserlis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra nearly 25 years ago at the BBC Proms, John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil has enjoyed huge success worldwide with cellists and audiences alike. It is a monumental prayer – an “icon in sound” to quote Tavener – that brings out the supreme singing qualities of the cello. Matthew Barley concludes his series with this late night performance alongside some of the best of the next generation of string players. “I wish more people would think about music the way Matthew Barley does.” The Times
Insight: 6.30pm Fiona Talkington talks to Rupert Gough about the blend between Baltic folk and classical influences in tonight’s programme
‘All the world’s a stage’ Royal Academy of Music students Katie Littlemore, Vicky Jones and Antonio Novais, near Brick Lane. 18
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THURSDAY 21 JUNE
FRIDAY 22 JUNE
7.00pm – 9.30pm Installation by Marcus Davidson from 6.00pm
7.30pm – 8.45pm
9.30pm – 10.30pm
6.00pm – 7.15pm
Shoreditch Church A £15 B £10 C/D £5
Shoreditch Church A £15 B £10 C/D £5
Old Spitalfields Market Free
Heath Quartet Bram van Sambeek bassoon
EXAUDI James Weeks director
LeFanu Harlequin Memories for bassoon and string quartet world premiere Yun Monologue Tchaikovsky String Quartet No.3 in E flat minor, Op.30
Cage Four² Four Solos The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs A Flower Hymns and Variations
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment CM Musicians OAE Experience James Redwood director Plus young musicians from across the country.
St Boltoph without Aldgate £12 unreserved Charles Matthews organ John Beaumont tenor Marcus Davidson organ tape & piano tape John Beaumont electronics BJNilsen voice and electronics Philip Jeck electronics Programme to include: Camilleri Sonata Semplice JS Bach Komm, heiliger Geist Ligeti Harmonies Burrell Lauds Pärt Pari Intervallo Davidson The Conscious Sky Elegy 2 From its earliest inception as the Hydraulis to the latest in organ technology, the organ has had incredible influence on the history of music and sound. Spire celebrates this ‘Emperor of Instruments’ with live performances for organ, electronics, piano and voice, contrasting digital and analogue to create a rich sonic journey unique to each performance location. See Spire in Spitalfields for the first time, visiting St Botolph without Aldgate and its newly restored Harris organ. Insight: 6.00pm Scott McMillan discusses Spire with Mike Harding and Charles Matthews
Our third and final Festival commission comes from English composer Nicola LeFanu, commissioned specifically for the Heath Quartet and performed with young bassoonist Bram van Sambeek. Complimented by Isang Yun’s 1983 Monologue for solo bassoon and Tchaikovsky’s third string quartet, this poignant new work reflects on the life of a Shoreditch wood-turner and kicks off a compact programme from some of the most exciting and original young players on the international chamber music scene.
2012 sees the centenary of one of the most influential and innovative creative minds in 20th-century music, John Cage. In this magical late-night concert, EXAUDI introduce Cage as a creator of ravishingly beautiful, mysterious music, from a spatial performance of Four² to the “plain harmony” of Hymns and Variations.
Supported by M&G Investments In partnership with CM and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
“A keen interpretive insight combined with refined playing, this is one of the most interesting young quartets I have heard in recent years.” The Strad Magazine
7.30pm – 9.15pm Shoreditch Church A £22 B £17 C £10 D £5 Florilegium Arakaendar Bolivia Choir Ashley Solomon director Brentner Gloria et honore Anon. Sonata Chiquitanas No.XVIII De Araujo 2 Villiancicos: Si el amor, Al Llanto mas tierno Zipoli Toccata in D minor Bassani Missa Santa Ana Bassani Missa San Xavier Anon. Salve à 8 Anon. Stella Coeli Anon. Eia Fidelis Balbi Sonata Chiquitanas No.IX Anon. Cantemus Domino Zipoli Te Deum laudamus Since 2002 Ashley Solomon and Florilegium have been involved in sharing a little-known archive of music in collaboration with Bolivian musicians, unveiling a programme of 17th- and 18th-century works that lay hidden away for two centuries after the Jesuit missions in Bolivia were closed around 1767. This concert launches their 2012 European tour, in which they are performing more sacred and secular works from the Moxos and Chiquitos archives as well as from La Plata. Insight: 6.30pm Father Piotr Nawrot, the Jesuit Polish priest responsible for discovering and editing much of this music, talks about the programme with Florilegium director Ashley Solomon.
Supported by Stephen Massil, the Britten–Pears Foundation and Spitalfields Music’s New Music Commission Fund. Commissioned in memory of Bill Massil, born 100 years ago and resident of Shoreditch. Insight: 6.30pm Nicola LeFanu, Bram van Sambeek and Oliver Heath in conversation with Kenneth Richardson
The culmination of a national education project with 5,000 participants, REMIX@Spitalfields includes works by Handel, Purcell, Biber and Telemann, as performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, young professionals from OAE Experience, participants from across the country and home-grown young musicians from Tower Hamlets.
Time Capsules: Florilegium & Arakaendar Bolivia Choir
Ringing with inspiration Howard Skempton in the bell tower at Christ Church Spitalfields.
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Midsummer Street Party 12.00pm – 5.30pm
SATURDAY 23 JUNE
Spitalfields E1 and Brushfield Street Free, no booking required The Festival closes with a spectacular street party Spitalfields style!
Five Rings Triples
Festival Finale: FIRE
7.00pm – 7.30pm
9.00pm – 9.30pm
Lighting up the main stage will be a host of local performers ranging from Associate Artist Talvin Singh to local schools, plus we’ll have: A treasure hunt of Hidden Gems – mini music and dance performances in unexpected places; Spitalfields Fair (a special market day); a street piano; a storytelling tent; family workshops; arts and crafts exhibitions; visits from the animals from Spitalfields City farm; gardening workshops; Spitalfields Speaks (downloadable tours of the area made by local people); tours, talks and workshops at Bishopsgate Institute; a maypole dance like you’ve never experienced before and much more!
The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths close the Festival by ringing a brand new piece by Howard Skempton with the bells of Christ Church Spitalfields.
Bishop’s Square, Spitalfields E1 Free
Commissioned as part of the PRS for Music Foundation New Music 20×12 programme
Fire London premiere
Supported by the East London Business Alliance, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Hammerson plc and M&G Investments and City of London’s London Area Agreement Performance Reward Grant. In partnership with Spitalfields E1, Bishopsgate Institute, East London Dance, Toynbee Hall, Idea Store, East 1 Schools’ Partnership Parents Group, Spitalfields City Farm, Spitalfields Community Group, City of London Festival, Big Dance, Arts Council England, GLA and Legacy Trust. This event is part of Celebrate the City: an Open Weekend, 21-24 June 2012 For more information visit www.visitthecity.co.uk/culture2012 Discovering music together Families at Spitalfields Music’s Folk at the Farm 2011. 22
In partnership with Third Ear
Gabrieli Consort: Music, Silence and a Bluebird 7.30pm – 8.45pm Christ Church Spitalfields A £32 B £26 C £16 D £10 E £5 Gabrieli Consort Paul McCreesh director An a cappella programme, mainly of English music, reflecting the pastoral beauty of the English countryside and exploring the power of nature and its influence on our emotional world. This programme celebrates nature with music by Vaughan Williams, Howells, Stanford and Britten.
David Bruce music Vikram Seth words
Gabrieli Consort Spitalfields Singers Community Chorus The World Famous fire artists A spectacular combination of 200 voices, brass and pyrotechnics, David Bruce’s new piece is a spirited meditation on humankind’s enduring fascination with fire. Join us to celebrate the end of the Festival with music and light. Part of New Music 20x12, a UK-wide commissioning programme initiated by Jillian Barker and David Cohen, and delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the BBC, LOCOG, Sound and Music and NMC Recordings. In partnership with The Opera Group and Salisbury International Arts Festival
“… the 22 unaccompanied voices of the Gabrieli Consort… unleash their full vocal power, which was thrilling. I swear I saw Hawksmoor’s mighty pillars tremble.” The Times Supported by Spitalfields Music Patrons and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust 23
BOOKING INFORMATION Booking opens 30 January 2012 Patron booking opens 23 January 2012
No Strings Attached – Free Tickets for Tower Hamlets Residents If you live in Tower Hamlets and have never been to one of our concerts before, you may qualify for a free ticket! To find out more, give us a call on 020 7377 0287.
How to book:
Children (under 16 years) 50% discount Students £5 tickets to selected concerts (on production of valid ID) visit spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk for details Jobseekers & Under 26s: 25% discount Groups (10+) 10% discount Disabled and customers with limited mobility free companion ticket if required
spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk (24 hours)
Phone 020 7377 1362 (Mon – Fri 10.00am – 6.00pm)
Minicom 020 7375 0730 (Mon – Fri 10.00am – 6.00pm)
On the door
As many of our concerts sell out, we strongly recommend booking in advance. However, tickets may be purchased (subject to availability) from half an hour before the start of a concert.
Enjoy a drink at the Festival bar pre-concert and during intervals, at Shoreditch Church and Village Underground. Shoreditch Church bar provided by Leila’s Shop.
Bishopsgate Institute 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH
Masonic Temple, Andaz Liverpool St 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
The English Restaurant 52 Brushfield Street, E1 6JN
Food and Drink
*10 available across the Festival, applicable to band B in Shoreditch Church, band C in Christ Church and band A in all other venues. Conditions apply, please call the box office for more information.
Christ Church A, B, C: Nave D: Side aisles, unreserved & restricted view E: Gallery, unreserved & unsighted
Shoreditch Church A, B: Nave C: Side aisles, unreserved & restricted view D: Gallery, unreserved & unsighted
Spitalfields Festival is a registered charity no. 1052043 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.
Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
Alys Tomlinson Photography Alystomlinson.co.uk
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JN
James Berry Photography mrnovemberphotography.co.uk
Shoreditch Town Hall 380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT
Imagist Graphic Design imagistlondon.com
Spitalfields Market Spitalfields, E1 6DW
Groups (10+) 10% discount FESTIVAL SEASON PASS unlimited access to events throughout the Festival: £250 for one person, £400 for two people.
email@example.com – tfl.gov.uk – 020 7222 1234 – or visit spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk
Christ Church Spitalfields Commercial Street, E1 6LY
*applicable to full-price concert tickets purchased in the same transaction. Excludes £5 tickets and other discounts
There is wheelchair access at all our venues (exc. Undiscovered Spitalfields, “I am a Stranger Here” and some of the Hidden Gems at the Midsummer Street Party) and hearing loops at most venue box offices. If you require a larger print version of this brochure or, special assistance please contact us on the box office numbers provided or email
Spitalfields Music is signed to the London Visitor Charter 2012. By signing to this we have promised to keep our prices consistent during the 2012 Olympic Year.
Want some ideas for planning the perfect Festival package? Find out what others are planning, including our Festival artists, at spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk
Book for 3-4 concerts and get 15% off Book for 5-6 concerts and get 20% off
Village Underground A: seating B: standing *Standing tickets are only available at Bow Down on Wednesday 13 June
St Botolph Without Aldgate Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AB Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
THANK YOU Spitalfields Music is grateful to organisations and individuals who are making our Festival and Learning & Participation Programmes happen this year, including our Patrons, in-kind supporters and all those who wish to remain anonymous.
Arts Council England London City of London City of London London Area Agreement Performance Reward Grant London Borough of Tower Hamlets Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service Transformers Youth Music
Westfield Community Grant Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers Worshipful Company of Coopers Worshipful Company of Fuellers Worshipful Company of Girdlers Worshipful Company of Ironmongers Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks
Allen & Overy Clifford Chance Hammerson M&G Group News International Spitalfields E1
The late Peter Lerwill The late Christopher Vaughan
Aldgate & Allhallows Barking Exhibition Foundation Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust Brittenâ€“Pears Foundation City Bridge Trust Reward Grant Columbia Foundation Fund of the Capital Community Foundation Coutts Charitable Trust Derek Shuttleworth Educational Trust Ernst von Siemens Foundation EsmĂŠe Fairbairn Foundation Fidelio Charitable Trust Garrick Charitable Trust Golsoncott Foundation Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation Holst Foundation J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust John and Susan Bowers Fund Lynn Foundation Musicians Benevolent Fund Paul Hamlyn Foundation PRS for Music Foundation Rayne Foundation Rothschild RVW Trust Walter Guinness Charitable Trust
Andrew Blankfield & Bernadette Hillman Katie Bradford Chris Carter & Stuart Donachie Geoffrey Collens Michael Cutting Mr & Mrs Spencer & Lucy De Grey Alex & Susan de Mont Nigel Dutson Albert & Rowan Edwards Helen Fraser CBE Nick & Emma Hardie Keith & Sarah Jane Haydon John & Moyra Horseman Michael Keating Colleen Keck Peter & Sarah King George Law Doris Lockhart Simon Martin Stephen Massil Alan & Dinah Moses Helen Payne Jim Peers Richard Syred & Brian Parsons The Ten Bells Peter Wakefield Judith Weir Associate Artists Supporters Group
Spitalfields Music would like to thank the Revd. Paul Turp and all those at Shoreditch Church, and the Rector and PCC of Christ Church for their ongoing support.
Hammerson is proud to support Spitalfields Music
Time 12.30pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 2.30pm Sat 9 June 4.30pm 6.00pm 7.30pm 2.30pm Sun 10 June 6.00pm 7.00pm Mon 11 June 12.30pm 6.00pm 7.30pm 8.00pm Tues 12 June 12.30pm 7.30pm Wed 13 June 10.30am 12.00pm 12.30pm 6.30pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 8.30pm Thurs 14 June 12.30pm 7.30pm 8.00pm 12.30pm Fri 15 June 6.30pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 6.30pm Sat 16 June 8.00pm 8.30pm Mon 18 June 12.30pm 6.30pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 9.00pm Tues 19 June 12.30pm 12.30pm 7.30pm Wed 20 June 12.30pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 9.30pm Thurs 21 June 12.30pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 9.30pm 12.30pm Fri 22 June 6.00pm 7.30pm 12.00pm Sat 23 June 7.00pm 7.30pm 9.00pm Date Fri 8 June
spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk 020 7377 1362 Associate Artists Events: Insight events: *
Event Sounds of Spitalfields Five Rings Triples Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra* “I am a Stranger Here”: An East End Exploration Matthew Barley: What’s Music For? “I am a Stranger Here”: An East End Exploration An Immortal Legacy* “I am a Stranger Here”: An East End Exploration “I am a Stranger Here”: An East End Exploration Tafelmusik Lunchtime in the Market Allen & Overy Singers “I am a Stranger Here”: An East End Exploration Matthew Barley: Amongst Friends Lunchtime in the Market Gabrieli Consort & Players: The Fairy Queen* Musical Rumpus: A Fairy Queen in the Forest Musical Rumpus: A Fairy Queen in the Forest Lunchtime in the Market Bow Down Women sing East Talvin Singh: Tabla Rasa Bow Down Lunchtime in the Market Gabrieli Consort & Players: Stravinsky Mass * La Nuova Musica & Vignette Productions Lunchtime in the Market Old Earth La Nuova Musica & Vignette Productions Old Earth Old Earth * Night of the Unexpected Old Earth Lunchtime in the Market Platform: “One Day Like This...” Two Part Inventions A Cappella Pilgrimage: Monteverdi Choir * Melvyn Tan Lunchtime in the Market Neighbourhood Schools: Chaos and Creation Schubert Ensemble* Lunchtime in the Market Undiscovered Spitalfields Britten Sinfonia & The Choir of Royal Holloway* Matthew Barley: The Protecting Veil Lunchtime in the Market Spire* Heath Quartet * EXAUDI Lunchtime in the Market ReMIX@Spitalfields Time Capsules: Florilegium & Arakaendar Bolivia Choir* Midsummer Street Party Five Rings Triples Gabrieli Consort: Music, Silence & a Bluebird * FIRE
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