NEWS: Spitalfields Music launches 2018 Festival

The nine day music festival will return to London from the 1st to the 9th December. 

Spitalfields Music Festival 2017.

Now in its 42nd year, the Spitalfields Music Festival will return to the capital this December curated by conductor André de Ridder.

Celebrating classical music in all forms, this year’s programme will include Unknown, Remembered which fuses Handel’s brilliant operatic scena La Lucrezia with a new commission from Shiva Feshareki, inspired by lyrics from seminal Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures, alongside Turner-nominated artist Haroon Mirza’s film installation The Last Tape featuring actor Richard Strange. This immersive, site-specific project runs across the festival at a warehouse turned nightclub in Hackney Wick.

The programme will also see soprano Mary Bevan joining  lute player Elizabeth Kenny and cellist Joseph Crouch for a solo recital of Purcell and his Baroque contemporaries, followed by a performance from The Coveryard, a collective of arrangers and multi-instrumentalists led by Josephine Stephenson and Sarah Latto.

Meanwhile, The Odyssean Ensemble will present sacred motets by William Byrd in the chapel of the Tower of London chapel, with a programme highlighting Byrd’s struggle as a Catholic during the religious storms of the Reformation.

This year’s festival will also see The Riot Ensemble return to Spitalfields Music Festival with a programme of work by some of Canada’s  contemporary composers including Richard Reed Parry (from Grammy Award winning band Arcade Fire) for his Music for Heart and Breath with instrumentalists connected to stethoscopes and playing to the rhythms of their own heartbeats, Christopher Mayo’s Beast and Nicole Lizée’s Black Midi.

Talking about the news André de Ridder said: “‘It’s a great honour to be able to share this festival line-up with you and to have had the opportunity to continue to develop our vision for a 21st-century music festival, with the Spitalfields Music family.”

The Spitalfields Music Festival will run from the 1st to the 9th December. For more information about the full line up and to book tickets visit:



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