Festival 2023


Mimi Doulton & Ben Smith

Tuesday 4th July, 7:30pm (2023)

St John’s Hoxton

New works by Michael Finnissy and Rasmus Zwicki explore the legacy of story-telling

PRICE: £22 / £15

For generations, we have taught morals and values through story-telling and poetry. This concert brings together Michael Finnissy’s Andersen-Liederkreis, based on poems by Hans Christian Andersen, with a new companion work from Danish composer Rasmus Zwicki, and a further premiere from Finnissy, written specially for British-Pakistani soprano Mimi Doulton. 

The performance is staged under the vibrant painted ceiling of St John’s Hoxton, a remarkable Georgian church designed by Francis Edwards – the foremost pupil of Sir John Soane – and later exceptionally decorated by the Pre-Raphaelite painter J A Reeve.

Michael Finnissy Edda (UK premiere)
Rasmus Zwicki TELL (UK premiere)*
Michael Finnissy Andersen-Liederkreis 

Mimi Doulton soprano
Ben Smith piano 

*  Co-commissioned by Spitalfields Music, Koda Culture and the States Kunstfond

Duration: 80 minutes

This performance will be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

With the friendly support of

and the Fidelio Charitable Trust

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Kenneth Blakeley, a long-time friend to Spitalfields Music and lover of music

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Venue information

St John’s Hoxton

Pitfield Street
N1 6NP
United Kingdom

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Hoxton Overground Station (11 mins)
Old Street Station (12 mins)
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