'crowd out' performed at Spitalfields Music Festival

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - Sunday, June 22, 2014

Spitalfields Music Festival
Arnold Circus, Boundary Estate in Tower Hamlets
London, United Kingdom
work being performed: crowd out

1000 East Londoners to star in CROWD OUT by Pulitzer Music Prize-winning American composer David Lang. The Tower Hamlets and City of London Music Hub, in partnership with Spitalfields Music, has been awarded a prestigious grant from Arts Council England to bring CROWD OUT, a major international community vocal event to the borough in June 2014 – one of the largest vocal projects ever staged in East London.

Spitalfields Music and lead partner for the Hub Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES) have joined forces to secure a grant to stage the only London performances of CROWD OUT in Tower Hamlets’ Boundary Estate, Arnold Circus on 21 and 22 June 2014 (part of a series of high-profile international performances also taking place in Birmingham and Berlin).

Spitalfields Music will be launching a hunt for local people of all ages and abilities to form a 1000 strong, all-singing, all-shouting super group in late 2013. CROWD OUT will also involve collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra’s LSO Discovery programme and their Choral Director, Simon Halsey. No singing or musical experience is required, just a desire to be part of a truly extraordinary international event and to make your voice heard.

Abigail Pogson, Chief Executive of Spitalfields Music comments: “The grant from Arts Council England is a major endorsement of the partnership between Spitalfields Music and Tower Hamlets, particularly THAMES. More than that, it’s a vote of confidence for one of London’s most creative and dynamic boroughs. CROWD OUT will be a fantastic event both for participants and for audiences and we’re looking forward to giving 1000+ East Londoners something special to shout about in 2014.”

Karen Brock, Head of Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service comments: “Over the next three years THAMES is determined to get every child in Tower Hamlets singing, as part of the fulfilment of the National Music Plan. This project gives us real momentum, bringing both parents and children together with the phenomenal partnership of some of our world class music partners in Tower Hamlets.”

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman said: “Arts and Music education is a big priority in Tower Hamlets and our award winning THAMES service provides hundreds of children with high quality music education. We are excited to host such a great event in Tower Hamlets and look forward to seeing our talented children and young people take part.”

‘Earlybirds’ wishing to be first on the list to take part in CROWD OUT can email crowdout [at] spitalfieldsmusic [dot] org [dot] uk

CROWD OUT is a new work by the American composer David Lang commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Spitalfields Music and the Berlin Philharmonic for 1,000 ‘whispering, singing, chanting’ participants, drawn from a wide community.

The world premiere performance, produced by BCMG, will take place in Birmingham over the weekend of 7-8 June 2014 followed by performances in London (21 & 22 June 2014) produced by Spitalfields Music with partners THAMES and LSO Discovery, and in Berlin by the Berlin Philharmonic (14 & 15 June 2014).

Crowd Out is commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with financial Assistance from Arts Council West Midlands and individuals through BCMG’s Sound Investment scheme; Spitalfields Music, with major funding support from Arts Council England and financial assistance from its New Music Commission Fund, and Berlin Philharmonic.

The London premiere of Crowd Out will be a free public performance taking place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014 at Arnold Circus, Boundary Estate in Tower Hamlets. Crowd Out is the closing performance of Spitalfields Music Summer Festival 2014, and a gala event of the Spitalfields Music Learning & Participation Programme’s 25th Anniversary.

Ensembles:  Spitalfields