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André de Ridder

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Spitalfields Music announces 2017 festival

10:15, 8th September 2017

Spitalfields Music has revealed the programme for its 2017 Festival, which has been guest curated by conductor André de Ridder.

Artistic director of Musica nova Helsinki and founder of s t a r g a z e , de Ridder has given premieres of works by composers including Bryce Dessner, Kaija Saariaho, Donnacha Dennehy, Mica Levi, Wolfgang Rihm and Nico Muhly.

This year’s festival, which will take place 2-10 December 2017, aims to celebrate classical music in its widest sense.

Highlights include a reinterpretation of Schumann’s Dichterliebe by artists from a range of musical backgrounds; an exploration of counterpoint across four centuries by Veli Kujala, James McVinnie and Aart Strootman; and London Contemporary Orchestra’s performance of Anna Thorvaldsottir’s In The Light of Air, accompanied by a light installation.

The programme will also feature performances of Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals, and performances of modern premieres or reinterpretations inspired by Monteverdi and composed by Josephine Stephenson, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Qasim Naqvi.

Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner will explore the links between post-punk band Fugazi and Schumann and Monteverdi in a new exhibition, and s t a r g a z e will present a reimagining of Daniel Brandt’s Eternal Something and premieres by Nik Colk Void and Qasim Naqvi.

Spitalfields Music partners with Classic Album Sundays to explore Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons. Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will speak with composer Max Richter and conductor André de Ridder before the album is played in vinyl.

Musical Rumpus will present a multi-sensory opera for babies and toddlers, and Radio 3’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch will give behind-the-scenes insight in a series of extended conversations with festival artists in Spitalfields Music’s new podcast series.

‘With this year’s festival we have ambitiously aimed at making each event, each evening a festival in its own right,’ said de Ridder. ‘No programme will be presented by just one ensemble or soloist, but by a gathering of different artists and line-ups, exploring musical worlds and ideas in a myriad ways.’


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