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Melissa Bradshaw

Spitalfields Music Festival announces 2020 programme

5:17, 13th February 2020

Artistic curators Edmund Finnis, Kate Molleson, Errollyn Wallen CBE and CEO Sarah Gee have today revealed the programme for the Spitalfields Music Festival 2020.

Taking place from 24 – 28 June at Christ Church Spitalfields, this year’s festival will take the theme of Metamorphosis and Transformation and will bring together artists, audiences and communities in a celebration of the power of music to speak across cultures, communities and language.

Highlights include:

  • Baroque ensemble Dunedin Consort perform Rameau’s Pygmalion with soloists Nicolas Mulroy, Anna Dennis, Jessica Leary and Zoë Brookshaw accompanied by dancer Clarica Parinussa
  • The world premiere of Aberdeen, a collaboration from David Fennessy and Sonia Cromarty with Tim Cooper, combines live cello, electric guitar, electronics and found sounds in an immersive installation in Hanbury Hall
  • EXAUDI voice ensemble presents the world premiere of Jürg Frey’s Landscape of Echoes and the UK premiere of Klaus Lang’s Veronika’s Thread as part of a programme of European choral music
  • Lunchtime concert Fast Food, Fast Music presents new commissions from nine emerging and established female composers, written for the Miller-Porfiris Duo and Siwan Rhys, as part of the festival’s pledge to Keychange
  • Dunedin Consort return alongside the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain for performances of two works for forty voices: Spem in alium and When the Wet Wind Sings
  • Catherine Lamb Trio challenge the limits of human perceptions with their Secondary Rainbow Synthesiser in Prisma Interius IV

Community projects will include a song writing showcase led by Errollyn Wallen and Katie Melua, a performance featuring the festival’s inclusive music collective Soundbox bringing together disabled and non-disabled musicians from East London, and a two-hour history walk with author S. I. Martin and Chineke! Junior Orchestra exploring the black history of Spitalfields.

Errollyn Wallen CBE said: ‘A large part of my childhood was spent in the East End of London when I heard the tales of centuries past. Moving across its many cultures and customs, I witnessed at first hand the powerful energy that comes from migration, crossing borders and transformation. These themes are at the heart of my Spitalfields programming and I am both honoured and excited to have the opportunity to present them.’

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Thursday 27 February 2020. For full programme details visit www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk.

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