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Spitalfields Winter Festival 2013

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Music for all Seasons

Spitalfields is most famous for its indoor market, but the area is more than just a shopping hub; it has a vibrant music scene as well. Spitalfields Music runs two festivals a year, and as a result changes 'lives and aspirations' in London's East End.

While their summer festivals are big and booming, Spitalfields Music's winter does are a more intimate and heart-warming affair - just the right tone for those chilly days.

This year's winter festival runs between the 6th - 17th December, with events taking place in both hidden and iconic locations. With a diverse cast of professional artists and newcomers, you will be able to listen to classic masterpieces as well as contemporary performances. There is a programme of ticketed and free events, so whether there is a burning hole in your wallet or Christmas has left it a little starved, everyone can enjoy the party.

Free Events

7th December
Lights on Arnold Circus - music at the bandstand, with mulled wine, mince pies, and a Christmas light switch on.

8th December
Market Live Sessions - Bands playing at the restaurants around Spitalfields Market.

17th December
Takeover! - Organised by the seven year olds from Shapla Primary School, there was no adult input, and no one knows what to expect.


9th December, 5
Sound Explorers - A musical story about Frederick the mouse, who collects colours and words instead of corn and wheat.


10th-15th December, 12
Toynbee - Geraldine Pilgrim takes you on a tour of Toynbee Hall and Studios, exploring its history through music.


9th-10th December, 12
Remember Me - A 'desk opera', that tells the story of Dido and Eurydice. It includes a film, live performance, and a visit to the orchestral pit.

10th December, 5-15
Winter Rasa - Arun Ghosh combines melody and mysticism as he travels through from Jerusalem to Andalusia.

12th December, 5-15
Crow's Bones - Ghost songs and melancholic ballads at Shoreditch Church.

14th December, 5
The City of Rebellious Delight - an all women's choir sing protest songs from the archive of Bishopgate Library.

16th December, 5
A&O Singers - Allen & Overy
showcase various talent at Christ Church.

16th December, 5-15
Brand New Ancients - Kate Tempest performs the spoken word over live music at Shoreditch Church.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 6th-17th Dec
Phone: 020 7377 1362
Where: Spitalfields
Cost: Free-35
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