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Spitalfields Music Winter Festival starts Friday 6 December

East London festival kick-starts the Christmas season with top line-up of music in architectural gems

Spitalfields Music Winter Festival       6-17 December 2013

020 7377 1362      spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

 

Spitalfields Music Winter Festival returns this Friday (6 December) to brighten the long winter nights with a series of concerts in the magnificent architecture and hidden corners of London’s liveliest neighbourhood.

Classical, jazz, folk, performance poetry and multi-media installations are all on the bill, in a line-up that includes fine early music and contemporary sounds, with – and without – a seasonal twist.

Works by Handel (including Messiah), JS Bach, Vivaldi, medieval carols and forgotten operatic gems from the 18th century all feature, along with 20th century classics and the very latest new music, including several premiere performances, a miniature ‘opera’ in a desk and the finest folk, jazz and world music.  There are also sharp observations from the rising star of urban poetry, Kate Tempest, and a brace of events inspired by the archives of two East London landmarks:  Bishopsgate Insitute and Toynbee Hall.  Community choirs Women sing East and the Tubthumping Chorus give full voice to Bishopsgate Institute’s extraordinary collection of protest songs; Toynbee Hall, which has an 140 year history of political, social and artistic activism, is the inspiration for artist Geraldine Pilgrim’s new promenade installation.  Free events include Sunday music in Spitalfields Market, a taster session for Crowd Out, an epic vocal work heading to East London in summer 2014 and a seasonal sing-along for the switch-on of artist Rachel Whiteread’s Christmas lights at Arnold Circus bandstand.  For younger audiences, there’s Monteverdi opera for babies and toddlers and a new ‘Sound Explorers’ show of music, sound and colours for five to seven year olds.

An outstanding line-up of festival artists includes: The Hilliard Ensemble; The Sixteen; The English Concert; La Nuova Musica; folk luminaries including Becky Unthank and Martin Green (from Lau); acclaimed jazz clarinettist Arun Ghosh; Britten Sinfonia & Norwegian guitar firebrand Stian Westerhus, composer Claudia Molitor and many more…

Over a third of tickets are priced £5.