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Spitalfields Music Winter Festival 2012

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The East End will be alive with the sound of music
Spitalfields Music started way back in the mid-1970s and has developed over time into a vibrant community group that lays on a number of music-based events throughout the year, including the popular Winter Festival.

This year's festival, which runs from the 7th to the 18th of December, features a diverse array of global artists and local musicians.

Twenty-one events are scheduled, taking place in a number of venues, many of them interesting and unusual locations – for example, on Sunday 9th December you can enjoy recitals by students from the Royal Academy of Music inside local houses, a unique event described as "part concert, part historical tour."

The evening rounds off with a drinks reception at the final venue. As you can imagine, there won't be too many tickets (£35 each) available for an event like this, so if you're interested be sure to book as soon as you can.

There are free events taking place too, including the Winter Market at Crispin Place, taking place on 8th December from 11am to 4pm. Visitors can enjoy musical performances by local artists from mid-day to 3pm while perusing the various goods on offer at the market.

If you're partial to a bit of choral entertainment, you might be interested in checking out the Gabrieli Consort and Players featuring the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir at Shoreditch Church on 15th December.

Another event that looks like fun is A Musical Feast, back by popular demand. Taking place at the Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle restaurant on 16th December, the evening combines top-class nosh with entertainment from fast-rising music stars Gallicantus. Tickets cost £55 and include a two-course dinner and coffee.

If you're looking for some quality musical entertainment this December, the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival in London's fascinating East End could be the one for you. For the full list of events taking place, click here.
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Why? Great entertainment in the run up to Christmas.
When: 7th to 18th December, 2012.
Phone: 020 7377 1362
Where: Various venues around Spitalfields
Cost: Depends on the event.
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