Spitalfields Music Festival 2018: In Review

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This year’s festival has come to a close, and after 9 days of breathtaking music, incredible performers, unique venues and wonderful audiences, we look back on the Spitalfields Music Festival 2018. Our programme examined quintessentially English music, from the likes of Byrd, Tallis, Purcell and Joy Division, emanating the beautiful lyricism, emotion and innate melancholy found in both early and contemporary English music.

We saw brilliant new music from pioneering and innovative performers and composers, including Shiva Feshareki and Kit Downes. We also spotlighted a number of Canadian musicians and composers on the cutting edge of contemporary and popular music, including Richard Reed Parry, Nicole Lizeé and Christopher Mayo. Our festival featured our neighbourhood schools and Soundbox ensemble, bringing together our community to share music in immersive performances across the festival.

This year we are extremely proud to have produced such exciting music in equally exciting venues across East London, including the home of British boxing, a sixteenth-century fortress, a Victorian music hall, a nineteenth-century museum, a warehouse turned nightclub in Hackney and London’s only lighthouse, to name a few.

Have a look at our festival timeline:

Have a listen to our Spitalfields Music Festival 2018 playlist for a reminder of the incredible musicians and composers that featured in the festival, and continue to experience our iconic blending of old and new through early and contemporary music:

Have a read of some of our favourite Q&A blog posts with festival artists and composers:

have a browse of our favourite photos from the festival:


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