John Swallow in Christ Church, Spitalfields, East End of London - between 22 June, 2005 and 23 June, 2005
[Email dated 29 June 2005]
I do want to tell you that I regard the recent [Spitalfields] Festival as an outstanding one in a line of outstanding occasions. This summer I have been able to attend more concerts than ever before. All have been splendid but ‘On Spital Fields’ was superb. It is a great tribute to the Festival that its stature is such that it can commission such a marvellous community cantata and one of such high quality musically. Will you please allow me to congratulate the composer, yourself and everyone involved in this large-scale production. […]
'On Spital Fields' thank-you messages. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1597847883558 accessed: 11 December, 2023 (We are grateful to Judith Serota, OBE, for making available materials relating to the production and evaluation of ‘On Spital Fields’, including access to private letters, postcards and emails from audience members and others involved with Spitalfields and the wider community.)
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|Date/Time||between 22 June, 2005 and 23 June, 2005|
|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 The twelve pieces comprising the cantata tell the story of Spitalfields, based on fictional texts and historical documents relating to East End London.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. Dove’s score is dedicated to Christopher Robert Vaughan (1961-1999), a passionate supporter of Spitalfields Festival. Vaughan left a legacy that helped to fund ‘On Spital Fields’. The community cantata was intended to celebrate Vaughan’s life.