Now in its 41st year, the East London music festival returns to the capital from the 2nd to the 10th December. 

1 Andre de Ridder Artistic Curator Spitalfields Music Festival 2017 Credit Brian Sweeney.jpg
Andre de Ridder (c) Brian Sweeney. 

In a statement announcing the 2017 programme Artistic Curator for the festival Andre de Ridder said: “With this year’s festival we have ambitiously aimed at making each event, each evening a festival in its 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 ways.

This year’s programme will feature a wide variety of performances  extraordinary international artists and visionary collaborations, celebrating classical music in its widest sense.

Highlights of the festival include:

– Artists from a range of musical styles including Bengali folk, rap, classical, soul and jazz reinterpreting Schumann’s Dichterliebe inside 16 historic Huguenot Houses of Spitalfields.

– An exhibition of art work by Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner which explores the links between post-punk band Fugazi and classical masters Schumann and Monteverdi.

– solo musicians Veli Kujala, James McVinnie and Aart Strootman exploring counterpoint across four centuries in three strikingly different solo performances.

– The London Contemporary Orchestra performing the London premiere of composer Anna Thorvaldsottir’s In The Light of Air featuring a breathtaking light installation.

Taking place in venues such as Shoreditch Church, Huguenot Houses of Spitalfields and Rich Mix, the 2017 Spitalfields Music Festival will allow audiences to experience early music interpretations alongside ground-breaking contemporary work in intimate and inspiring locations.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale to the public on Monday 18th September at 10am. For more information visit: https://www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk/

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