Tuesday, 11 January 2011

When did you last hear an Italian madrigal? Friday 7th January 2011

Well I bet it wasn't in an East End church, sung beautifully by the chamber choir, EXAUDI. Last Friday they gave a concert in aid of the Spitalfields Winter Music Festival and the Lord Mayor's charities. I used to sing madrigals at university, but this performance was exquisite, with each voice weaving in and out of the others like a multi-coloured skein of cottons.

Christ Church, Spitalfields, is just outside the eastern boundary of the City and was built by a pupil of Sir Christopher Wren's, Nicholas Hawksmoor. Millions of pounds were spent on the church a few years ago to remove the Victorian alterations and return the church to its beautiful, simple, elegant architecture. Not only do they hold concerts there, but there is a big outreach programme, bringing music to 30,000 each year, including some of the least-likely-to-encounter-practical-music members of the community. http://www.blogger.com/www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

If you're going there, make sure you don't confuse Commercial Street with Commercial Road - I took the scenic route and only just arrived in time for the concert.

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