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Solomon's Knot

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Spitalfields Music Winter Festival 2016

11:30, 26th September 2016

Spitalfields Music’s 40th anniversary celebrations will continue with the Winter Festival, which will take place 4-11 December.

Melvyn Tan will give a recital featuring works by former Spitalfields Music artistic directors Judith Weir, Diana Burrell, Michael Berkeley, Rolf Hind and Jonathan Dove, including the London premiere of Dove’s Catching Fire and a new commission by Hind.

The music of Bach will be showcased throughout the festival. Solomon’s Knot Baroque Collective will sing the B minor Mass from memory and without a conductor, and the Disappearing Dining Club will present an evening of fine dining accompanied by the composer’s violin works.

Harry Bicket will direct the English Concert from the harpsichord in a programme inspired by Shakespeare, performed in the guise of an Elizabethan masque. The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments will also look back in time with Sound House, a programme inspired by Francis Bacon’s investigations into the magical properties of sound.

Choral highlights include a performance by Gothic Voices, exploring the mythical and human aspects of the Virgin Mary through medieval and renaissance settings of Marian texts alongside contemporary interpretations.

Siglo de Oro will perform a seasonal programme inspired by medieval prayers, encompassing Renaissance music, contemporary carols and newly-commissioned works, and The Sixteen will present works is inspired by the Three Kings’ visit to the infant Jesus, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to English Christmas classics.

Other highlights include south Indian classical violinist Jyotsna Srikant’s festival debut, an evening of jazz from the Thames Big Band and Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble, a dance and music theatre show from Protein, and performances of three works from Spitalfields Music’s Open Call initiative.


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