André de Ridder, one of the most influential and daring conductors working across genre boundaries in music today, guest curates Spitalfields Music Festival this December. Now in its 41st year, the east London festival enters an exciting new chapter, with a reinvigorated vision for 2017 that reflects its location at the heart of one of London’s most vibrant areas. With André at the helm, this year’s festival is packed with extraordinary international artists and visionary collaborations, celebrating classical music in its widest sense. Drawing on the festival’s core founding values, Spitalfields Music Festival 2017 will bring together artists, audiences and communities to experience outstanding early music interpretations alongside ground-breaking contemporary work in intimate and inspiring locations.

Exceptional artists from a range of musical styles including Bengali folk, rap, classical, soul and jazz reinterpret Schumann’s Dichterliebe inside 16 historic Huguenot Houses of Spitalfields.
Alongside authentic performances of Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals, a stellar line-up of ensembles and soloists perform modern premieres and re-interpretations inspired by the Renaissance master and composed by Josephine Stephenson, featured composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Qasim Naqvi.
An exhibition of new art work by Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner explores the links between post-punk band Fugazi and classical masters Schumann and Monteverdi.
Classical collides with techno, experimental and electronic as André de Ridder’s pioneering s t a r g a z e collective perform 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 as Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy speaks with composer Max Richter and conductor André de Ridder followed by vinyl playback of the influential album.
Three incredible solo musicians Veli Kujala, James McVinnie and Aart Strootman explore counterpoint across four centuries in three strikingly different solo performances.
London Contemporary Orchestra performs the London premiere of featured composer Anna Thorvaldsottir’s In The Light of Air featuring a breathtaking light installation.
The award-winning Musical Rumpus brings to life the multi-sensory world of Fogonogo in this opera for babies and toddlers.
BBC Radio 3’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch gives behind the scenes insight in a series of extended conversations with festival artists in Spitalfields Music’s new podcast series.

André de Ridder introduces Spitalfields Music 2017:
‘With this year’s festival we have ambitiously aimed at making each event, each evening a festival in its own right. 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.
Creating a dialogue between older masters and contemporary composers and performers, our major projects House of Monteverdi and Schumann Street are more than just pure representations of iconic works; they build bridges between different musical genres and styles, and into the 21st century. Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner’s installation There will be two wars reflects some of the themes explored in these large-scale events in relation to the work and ethos of the seminal post-hardcore band Fugazi.
We welcome as our guest and featured composer the internationally acclaimed Anna Thorvaldsdottir and shine a light on young French-British composer Josephine Stephenson. We present new works by composers best known as members of cult bands Factory Floor (Nik Colk Void), Dawn of Midi (Qasim Naqui) and Brandt Brauer Frick (Daniel Brandt), exposing and supporting their own independent creative output. We also collaborate with young creative voices in Tower Hamlets through Platform (Electric Counterpoint) and Schumann Street Reimagined to re-invigorate the relevance of this seminal music. I invite you on this boundless musical journey of discovery and exploration throughout Spitalfields Music Festival 2017.’


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