Tuesday 15 October 2013

Spitalfields Winter Festival

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The Spitalfields Winter Festival runs from 6 to 17 December 2013 and presents a delectable series of offerings ranging from Britten and Handel to early plainchant and Perotin, with celebrations of Britten's centenary, and the Hilliard Ensemble's 40th anniversary. William Whitehouse's Orgelbuchlein project appears in the initmate surrounds of St. Peter's Ad Vincula in the Tower and there is even a musical feast!

Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima are bringing the Tale of Two Seasons programme which looks at two different years in Vivaldi's life and the way that his operatic and concerto work intermingled. (6/12). There is a chance to hear Bach's Orgelbuchlein in the intimate surroundings of the Chapel Royal in the Tower, with Bach's music played alongside contemporary works by  Guy-Oliver Ferla, Vincent Paulet, Roxanna Panufnik, David Coonan, Francis Pott, plus music for voice and lute from Tim Travers-Brown and David Miller. (7/12)

The Hilliard Ensemble celebrates its 40th birthday with a party and a programme ranging from plainchant and Perotin to Britten's Journey of the Magi (11/12). And Britten's Ceremony of Carols is performed by the Sixteen with the Opera North Children's Chorus, in a programme of music mixing medieval carols with Britten and Poulenc (17/12).

Counter-tenor Lawrence Zazzo and La Nuova Musica explore operatic music written for the first Royal Academy of Music by Handel, Ariosto and Bononcini, including two of Handel's greatest works Rodelinda and Giulio Cesare (13/12). There is more Handel when Harry Bicket and the English Concert along with soloists Mary Bevan, Jennifer Johnston, Joshua Ellicott and Benjamin Bevan perform Handel's Messiah on 16 December.

On a more contemporary theme, Claudia Molitor's Remember Me. A Desk Opera, celebrates every aspect of opera on a miniature scale (9,10/12). And the Britten Sinfonia joins with Norwegian guitarist Stian Westerhus to perform music from his album The Matriarch and the Wrong Kind of Flowers. (14/12)

Alamire under David Skinner provide an aural feast of music early and late to complement an end of year banquet (15/12).

Further information from the festival website.

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