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Spitalfields Summer Festival 2012

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Just like Covent Garden, Spitalfields used to be home to a thriving fruit and vegetable market. The market has gone, but the area, including the market buildings, Hawkswmoor's Christ Church, and the old houses around Brushfield Street, have all undergone a renaissance. At one time this area was the home of Huguenot silk weavers, fleeing religious intolerance in France, now it is vibrant, alive and multicultural.

Back in 1976 Spitalfields Festival was originally conceived as a classical music festival. It has gradually expanded to encompass a Winter Festival and reach out to local schools, whilst also spilling out beyond the original church venue.

Spitalfields Summer Festival 2012
Spitalfields Summer Festival 2012 - Picture Courtesy of the Spitalfields Summer Festival 2012 Website


This year's summer festival runs from 8 23 June and will cater for a wide range of tastes, from children to adults, from Early Music, the Renaissance period, Baroque, the Classical and Romantic periods and Contemporary. It will extend beyond classical music and will embrace Jazz, Popular and World Music.

It will not be restricted to music, but will also include walks, visits, talks and debates. Events will be both free and ticketed. Among the featured musicians will be the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Matthew Barley and Talvin Singh. Concerts and entertainment will take place at various times of the day including free vocal music: Lunchtime in the Market.

Spitalfields Summer Festival 2012
Christ Church Spitalfields


Here are some pictures from previous Spitalfields Summer Festivals.

Spitalfields Summer Festival 2012
Previous Spitalfields Festivals - Picture Courtesy of the Spitalfields Summer Festival Website


Spitalfields Summer Festival 2012
Previous Spitalfields Festivals - Picture Courtesy of the Spitalfields Summer Festival Website


Spitalfields Summer Festival 2012
Previous Spitalfields Festivals - Picture Courtesy of the Spitalfields Summer Festival Website


If you're not familiar with Spitalfields, it's high time you explored this area of London. You can even offer your own musical talents. Full details are on the website.
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Why? To explore Spitalfields and its history whilst enjoying a variety of music
When: 8 - 23 June
Where: In and around Spitalfields
Cost: All details are on the website
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