Spitalfields Music (previously known as Spitalfields Festival, officially registered as Spitalfields Festival Ltd) is a music charity based in the Spitalfields area of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The charity aims to strengthen the local community through musical events.〔http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1052043&SubsidiaryNumber=0〕 Spitalfields Music is a registered charity number 1052043.
The charity's work consists of two annual music festivals, Spitalfields Music Summer Festival (normally held in June) and Spitalfields Music Winter Festival (normally held in December) and a "Learning & Participation" programme which undertakes projects throughout the year with participants drawn from across the Tower Hamlets community.
*1976 - Spitalfields Festival was created when a single event, organised by Save Britain's Heritage, was held at Christ Church in Spitalfields in the summer.
*1977 - In the summer the first official festival occurred. It was run by Friends of Christ Church, which had been formed the previous year after the single event had been held.
*1989 - The Festival Council was formed and more importantly so was the Education and Community Programme.
*1996 - The decision was taken to expand the festival to incorporate a Winter Festival.
*2003 - Christ Church was unavailable due to renovation works so the festival was spread around 13 venues.
*2005 - Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Education from Spitalfields Festival commission of Jonathan Dove's community cantata ''On Spital Fields''.〔http://www.rpsmusicawards.com/l?page=2006/winners/categories/education.html〕
*2006 - Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Concert Series or Festival.〔http://www.rpsmusicawards.com/2007/winners/categories/index.html?page=2007/winners/categories/concertseries.html〕
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