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Festival of Bach and Bollywood

From Bach to Bollywood, the 40th Spitalfields Music Winter Festival

01 December, 2016 — By Sebastian Taylor

Violinist Jyotsna Srikanth at Rich Mix on Thursday

MUSICAL treats of all sorts are being performed in the 40th Spitalfields Music Winter Festival opening this Sunday evening with a performance by chamber choir Gothic Voices in the Tower of London.

“From Bach to Bollywood, this year’s Winter Festival offers a deliciously intriguing mix of early and new music, dance events and poetry happenings, shows for very young ears and musical explorations into the past and future,” says festival chief executive Eleanor Gussman.

Concerts in Shoreditch Town Hall’s magnificent assembly hall include Renaissance masterpieces performed by well-loved choir The Sixteen on Monday evening and Bach’s B Minor by baroque collective Solomon’s Knot on Sunday December 11.

Several concerts are in Shoredtich Church. Illustrious pianist Melvyn Tan is marking his 60th and the festival’s 40th birthdays with a specially curated programme next Tuesday evening.

Chamber orchestra The English Concert is marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with lush arias and love duets from baroque operas in the church next Wednesday evening.

Laid back, swinging jazz is being played at the church next Thursday evening by the Thames Big Band – great fun for all ages. Patrick Allies’ young choir Siglo de Oro is at the church in the evening of Saturday December 10, performing an Advent concert of contemporary carols, little-known renaissance works and newly-commissioned pieces.

Europe’s leading South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth is playing Bollywood film music and new pieces with the 10-strong Bollywood Brass Band at the Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, on Thursday December 8.

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