Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Spitalfields Music at Home

Spitalfields Music: At Home
Like many festivals, Spitalfields Music's 2020 we be on-line this year with a day of events on 5 December 2020. 

John Butt and the Dunedin Consort will be presenting Lagrime mie: Songs of Prayer and Solitude, a programme of music by Monteverdi, Schutz, Alessandro Grandi, Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini recorded in Christ Church, Spitalfields where the festival was founded 44 years ago. 

In Fast Food, Fast Music, violinist Anton Miller, viola player Rita Porfiris and pianist Siwan Rhys will be performing a programme of short, fast pieces by eight women composers, some well-established, some emerging - Victoria Benito, Joy Effiong, Bobbie-Jane Gardner, Millicent James, Sarah Rodgers, Jasmin Kent Rodgman, Susannah Self and Heloise Werner - alongside Errollyn Wallen’s Five Postcards.

Historian S. I. Martin, a specialist in black British History, has joined forces with the Chineke! Junior Orchestra to reimagine a walking tour of East London which will feature Three Arabian Dances by the British composer and singer Amanda Aldridge (1866-1956), she was the daughter of the African-American actor Ira Aldridge (1807-1867). Each stop on this virtual tour will be accompanied by a different performance of music with historic ties to the area, lifting the lid on the Black history of Spitalfields going back 500 years. 

The festival is completed with Errollyn Wallen's Song Club, featuring Katie Melua in an informal, late night session.

Full details from the Spitalfields Music website.

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