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Spitalfields!  If it was an actual field you wouldn’t visit it, but it’s not, it’s a hive of cultural activity that we love, and this year we’re all over it.

If there’s one thing that every event loves it’s a theme, and our theme this time around is to look at how Baroque composers sought to move their listeners emotionally.  We’ll also be exploring the spatial relationship between listener and performer, with events where the music surrounds the audience.  In one of the events you’ll even be able to wander freely around us as we play.

During the festival, we’ll perform several concerts including The Muses of Zion on 6 June, situated in the fine surroundings of Christ Church Spitalfields, with director Robert Howarth honing in on two of the 17th centuries biggest musical personalities; Schütz  and Praetorius.  Four days later on 10 June, we’re off to another church, this time St Leonard’s, where we turn our attentions to the work of Hassler, Gabrieli and Monteverdi in Transalpine Travellers.

For the youngest of musical connoisseurs there’s Musical Rumpus: The Mountain Shakers on 6 & 7 June.  Here director Zoe Palmer and Genesis Sixteen join us for an adventure into the mysterious world of giants, mountains, sounds and colours.  With Handel’s Acis & Galatea transforming into a multi-sensory, interactive extravaganza, it’s perfect for ages 0-2 and their families.

We also have a new project in the form of Watercylce.  This is our site-specific orchestral voyage through the urban and rural landscapes of England. Between 2014 and 2016, we’ll be taking the project  to 9 settings across the country, with each participating area receiving teacher training, primary and secondary school workshops, special needs workshops, adult sessions and care home visits as well as OAE concerts. And it all starts at Spitalfields!

On the 16 June, we’ll perform the first Watercycle concert at St Leonard’s Church.  The event will feature digital overture Sounds of London, Concerto for London with the OAE and primary and secondary pupils, Handel’s famous Water Music and our newly commissioned song Watercycle, by James Redwood.

For those of you who like your music casual, perhaps with a beverage, there’s The Night Shift: E1 on 18 June, an informal event with all the traits of our popular late night concerts, only with a few twists thrown in for good measure.

Visit our full list of events to find out more and we hope to see you there!

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