André de Ridder and Spitalfields Music have been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Music Award in the category Chamber Music and Song. The category is for outstanding contribution to the performance of chamber music or song by an ensemble, partnership, individual or organisation in the UK during 2017, and their nomination was in recognition of the hugely successful highlight of the 2017 Spitalfields Music Festival, Schumann Street.
Schumann Street was an ambitious staging and re-interpretation of Schumann’s iconic song cycle: Dichterliebe. Set across the stunning Huguenot Houses of Spitalfields, East London, each of the 16 songs in this cycle was performed by a different artist drawn from a wide range of stylistic backgrounds including Bengali folk, rap, classical, soul and jazz. Audiences created their own paths through this immersive song-cycle installation and experienced intimate performances close-up, in a display of house music in its original form.
André de Ridder was announced as Artistic Curator of the Spitalfields Music Festival in December 2016. Following the huge success of the 2017 Festival, he took up the role for a further year and the 2018 Festival will launch in September 2018.
The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards are the UK’s highest recognition for live classical music-making in the UK and were famously described by BBC Radio 3 as, 'For classical, it’s the Oscars, the BAFTAs and the Grammys all in one'. A programme featuring highlights from the RPS Music Awards will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 14 May at 19:30.
Spitalfields Music’s announcement can be seen at the festival's website.