Festival 2021

Manchester Collective x Edmund Finnis

Saturday 10 July, 8pm (2021)

Christ Church Spitalfields

Featuring a world premiere of String Quartet No. 2 by Festival Curator, Edmund Finnis 

PRICE: £15

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This intimate concert of music for strings features the music of Festival Curator Edmund Finnis, alongside gems such as Levi’s astonishing and richly textured quartet, Ligeti’s work for solo cello which lay unperformed for over 25 years before being rediscovered as a masterpiece, and Glass’s work which was used as incidental music for a 1983 New York production of Company by Samuel Beckett.  The programme is completed with Stravinsky’s three quirky and contrasting miniatures.

Igor Stravinsky  Three Pieces for String Quartet

Edmund Finnis   Sister

Mica Levi   You Belong to Me

Philip Glass   String Quartet No.2 (Company)

György Ligeti   Cello Sonata

Edmund Finnis   String Quartet No.2   world premiere

String Quartet No. 2 by Edmund Finnis was co-commissioned by Manchester Collective and Spitalfields Music with the support of the New Music Commission Fund and RVW Trust.

We’ve been working with our wonderful friend from Thoroughly Good, Jon Jacob, on a series of podcasts for you to listen to pre (or post!) our events. We hope you enjoy listening!

Episode 1: What’s in the Spitalfields Festival 2021

Jon Jacob speaks to composers Errollyn Wallen, Edmund Finnis, Howard Goodall, and David Fennessey about their new works, including a tribute to those carers who lost their lives in the first wave of the COVID pandemic.

Episode 6: Composer Edmund Finnis on his Spitalfields Festival 2021 premieres

Edmund Finnis talks with careful consideration and precision. And those qualities are also reflected in his compositional process and his musical language. Jon Jacob speaks to the composer about his two premieres in the Spitalfields Festival 2021.

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Venue information

Christ Church Spitalfields

Commercial Street
E1 6LY
United Kingdom

Underground & National Rail

Liverpool Street (Bishopsgate exit, 5 mins)
Aldgate East (Commercial Street exit, 5 mins)
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