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Interview with Ashley Riches

Ahead of our upcoming concert, Georgian London on Tuesday 16 June, we caught up with baritone, Ashley Riches before he joins us to perform Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum at Shoreditch Church. He reflects on his spontaneous decision to become a musician, why Don Giovanni is his favourite piece of music and role to sing, and his long-standing admiration for Polyphony, who joins him and CLS for this exciting concert.


When did you know you wanted to become a musician, and what spurred you on?

Actually, there was never really a moment… I had a training contract with a law firm not far from Spitalfields, but decided to try a year at music college before settling down to a ‘proper job’! Somehow it went well enough that I decided to give it a go. I’m a little bit fatalistic about these things – singing is the sort of career that chooses you, to some degree.

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Composer Profile: Valgeir Sigurðsson

Known as the founder of Bedroom Community recording label and for his eclectic, boundless approach to composition, Valgeir Sigurðsson has worked prolifically as a producer, composer, musician, engineer / electronic programmer and mixer. Whilst developing his own particular brand of artistry and ear for sonic experimentation, he has an extensive collaborative history with international artists, including Björk, Brian Eno and Nico Muhly. In advance of the world premiere of his brand new work, No Nights Dark Enough on Tuesday 17 June with the composer himself on electronics, conductor Hugh Brunt and the City of London Sinfonia, we thought we’d take a deeper look into this extraordinary musician, starting from the very year in which he was born!

Valgeir Sigurdsson infographic

No Nights Dark Enough
Tuesday 17 June, 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Village Underground, Shoreditch
Part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival 
Tickets: £15 unreserved

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Information on Valgeir Sigurðsson taken from Faber Music.