The more flexible summer format will allow space to develop and stage large-scale commissions, and greater links are planned between the festival programming and Spitalfields Music's lively learning and participation programme.
|André de Ridder|
The conductor André de Ridder has a remarkably wide range of interests, whether it be working with the British band These New Puritans, with jazz musician Uri Caine, with composers such as Nico Muhly and Owen Pallett, or developing a relationship with Cologne-based MusikFabrik. For English National opera he has conducted Michel van der Aa's Sunken Garden (in 2013, see my review) and Gerald Barry's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (in 2005). In 2014, Hilary caught him conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra at a concert celebrating 50 years of Nonesuch Records (see Hilary's review) and he conducted the orchestral version of Max Richter's Memoryhouse with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. At Grange Park Opera he conducted Prokofiev's The Gambler in 2007 (see my review on Music and Vision).