community cantata audience et al. in Christ Church, Spitalfields, East End, London - between 21 June, 2005 and 22 June, 2005

from 'On Spital Fields' project evaluation 2003-2005, page 8:

Tuesday 21 June saw the first rehearsals of On Spital Fields in Christ Church, Spitalfields, the building it was written for. The day began with the schools’ rehearsal with Chroma [Ensemble] and the [Royal Academy of Music] students. This was the first time that the pupils had heard the music on instruments rather than just piano. The schools and the musicians were joined in the afternoon by the soloists [soprano Mary Plazas …   more >>

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'On Spital Fields' project evaluation 2003-2005, p. 8. accessed: 29 February, 2024 (We are grateful to Judith Serota, OBE, for making available the project evaluation and other materials relating to the project ''On Spital Fields'.)

location of experience: Christ Church, Spitalfields, East End, London


Listening to

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rehearsal and premier of the community cantata 'On Spital Fields'
written by Jonathan Dove
performed by Adult chorus, Chroma Ensemble, Royal Academy of Music brass quintet, The Wessex Singers, Tower Hamlets school pupils' choir, Mark Wilde, Mary Plazas, The Joyful Company of Singers

Experience Information

Date/Time between 21 June, 2005 and 22 June, 2005
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


The aim of the ‘On Spital Fields’ project was to devise, rehearse and perform a community cantata involving older people, adults and children from Tower Hamlets and a team of professional musicians and animateurs. The twelve pieces comprising the cantata tell the story of Spitalfields, based on fictional texts and historical documents relating to East End London. Makers included composer Jonathan Dove, librettist Alasdair Middleton, Gerry Cornelius conductor and Clare Whistler, director. Pupils from Osmani and St Anne’s primary schools and Mulberry School for Girls formed the children’s choirs (pupils from additional local schools participated in workshops to develop the project). Also performing were the Wessex Singers (Tower Hamlet’s choir for the over 50’s), The Joyful Company of Singers, an SATB choir and a community chorus, students from the Royal Academy of Music and Chroma Ensemble. The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths rang the bells of Christ Church, Spitalfields, its completed restoration celebrated by ‘On Spital Fields’, before both evening performances on 22 and 23 June 2005.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 30 Jul 2020 14:28:00 +0100
Approved on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 13:04:02 +0100