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Spitalfields Music Festival announces programme

Artists at December event include Shiva Feshareki and Anna Meredith

Spitalfields Music Festival has announced its 42nd edition will take place between 1–9 December. Curated by conductor André de Ridder, the event will take place across a host of venues in East London including Studio 92, Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, Rich Mix, Chats Palace Arts Centre, and Hoxton Hall.

This year, site-specific production Unknown, Remembered will fuse Handel’s La Lucrezia with a new commission from Shiva Feshareki, inspired by lyrics from Joy Division's album Unknown Pleasures. The installation will work alongside Haroon Mirza’s film The Last Tape, which features actor Richard Strange. There'll also be performances from The Riot Ensemble, Anna Meredith, Shiva Feshareki, Jörgen van Rijen, Mary Bevan with Elizabeth Kenny and Joseph Crouch, and much more.

"Spitalfields Music Festival 2018 examines connections that span many centuries and genres of quintessentially English music,” explains André de Ridder. For Unknown, Remembered he says “The idea to combine these works came about through a number of streams of thought: it is inspired by the film Control and partly from Deborah Curtis's book Touching From A Distance, which moved me very much with regards to seeing things from Ian Curtis’s wife’s point of view…

“Talking of control and losing control, paired with the powerful tool of memory and its manipulation over time, Lucretia’s monologue in the Handel cantata married to the Unknown Pleasures lyrics of Curtis recomposed and sung by the same singer as the Handel, these pieces become new arias and possibly modern laments again.”

More information can be found on their website.