Philip Flood in Spitalfields, East End, London - between at the end of 2003 and in the beginning of 2004

from Spitalfields Festival Brochure: 'On Spital Fields', page 7:


[The listening experience occurred during stages I and II of preparation and collaboration with composer Jonathan Dove and community and school groups who performed the community cantata]

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Spitalfields Festival Brochure: 'On Spital Fields' (London, 2005), p. 7. accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: Spitalfields, East End, London


Philip Flood
Composer, education director Spitalfields Music, music education administrator, Music teacher

Listening to

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market cries and calls
written by Jonathan Dove
performed by The Wessex Singers over 50's Choir
community cantata rehearsal
written by Jonathan Dove
performed by Spitalfields Festival staff
improvised singing
written by Jonathan Dove
performed by pupils from St Anne's Primary School

Experience Information

Date/Time between at the end of 2003 and in the beginning of 2004
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 The twelve pieces comprising the cantata tell the story of Spitalfields, based on fictional texts and historical documents relating to East End London.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 13:21:06 +0100
Approved on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:41:11 +0100