Tuesday 27 May 2014

Spitalfields Summer Music

Spitalfields Summer Music
The Spitalfields Summer Festival runs from 6 - 21 June at Christ Church, Spitalfields and other venues in the area. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are Associate Artists, so there is plenty from them and other groups such as Brecon Baroque, the Fieri Consort, the Sixteen, Gallicantus and a host more. But its not all early music, there is new work based on Puccini and a staging of Schubert.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is presenting The Muses of Zion, a Lutheran mass with music by Schutz and Praetorius and the audience can join in the chorales - there is a warm-up session before the concert (6 June). Still in baroque mood, Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque are performing Vivaldi concertos and extracts from Bach's Art of Fugue (7 June). The OAE brings together music by Gabrieli and the Italian and German musicians inspired by him in Transalpine Travellers (10 June).

The Fieri Consort performs Josquin's Missa Ave maris stella along with music by his contemporaries (12 June). Barnaby Brown presents a programme of medieval music inspired by St. Columba from Celtic manuscripts (13 June). The Sixteen and Harry Christophers perform a programme inspired by the Song of Songs, with music by Victoria and Palestrina, along with Mundy's Vox Patris Coelestis and a new work by John Barber (17 June).

Gallicantus and The Queen's Revels join forces for a celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of William Leighton's seminal volume of works, The Teares or Lamentacions of a Sorrowfull Soule. (18 June) The English Concert explores instrumental music before Bach, with works by Muffat and Biber (19 June). Graham Ross and the choir of Clare College, Cambridge present music for Ascencion and Pentecost (20 June).

Musicians from the OAE will be giving pop-up performances in Spitalfields Market at lunchtime during the festival. And they will be joined by young musicians from Camden and Tower Hamlets for Watercycle (16 June)

Opera Erratica is taking Puccini's Il Trittico as the starting point for its new work Triptych which mixes music, avant-garde performance, visual art and fashion (9/10 June). Women Sing East return with their programme Brazen Hussies (11 June). Death Actually is billed as an irreverent staging of Schubert's Die Schoene Muellerin and Bach motets (20,21 June).

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