Spitalfields Music Festival opens tomorrow, 1 December. 

The first event is an evening of Byrd held at the Tower of London.

The festival’s curator, conductor André de Ridder, said: ‘It’s a great honour to be able to share this festival line-up with you and to have had the opportunity to continue to develop our vision for a 21st-century music festival, with the Spitalfields Music family.’

Highlights include:

  • Immersive production Unknown, Remembered fuses Handel’s La Lucrezia with a new commission from Shiva Feshareki, inspired by lyrics from Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures. The music will be heard alongside Haroon Mirza’s film installation The Last Tape, and performed in a warehouse-turned-nightclub in Hackney Wick
  • Soprano Mary Bevan will join lute player Elizabeth Kenny and cellist Joseph Crouch for a recital of Purcell and his contemporaries
  • The Coveryard, a collective of multi-instrumentalists, will interweave music by The Smiths with arrangements of Purcell to explore veins of English melancholy
  • The Odyssean Ensemble presents sacred motets by Byrd in the Tower of London chapel
  • The Riot Ensemble will perform music by Canadian contemporary composers, including Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire), Christopher Mayo and Nicole Lizée

For more information visit http://spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk