Entries by Clare

Agency news

Following a change of management, I’m delighted to confirm that I will be on the roster of Ann Ferrier Artists, effective from 1 October 2018. I wish Jill Davies all the best in her new undertakings and look forward to working with Ann. For a list of my current concert repertoire click here. Ann can […]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ for Mary’s Hand

We’ve had the reviews for Mary’s Hand in London. I am thrilled to get five stars in The Independent – my first review in a national newspaper. Writing for The Independent, Alexandra Coghlan said, “Elegant, thoughtful, current without being gimmicky and immaculately presented, Mary’s Hand is a 70-minute rebuke to the UK’s major opera companies. At the centre […]

Mary triumphant

The whirlwind of activity that always precedes a new show is finally abating and I’ve been able to step back today and look at what I and my team at McCaldin Arts have achieved with Mary’s Hand. It has been the most fantastic experience and I am totally thrilled with it. Firstly, I owe huge […]

Mary’s Hand premieres

After an intense year of work, the premiere of Mary’s Hand is approaching fast. The first performance is in Chester on 21 June, with London performances on 1 & 2 August. Ticket information for all dates is here. We have some fantastic publicity photographs of the finished costume (left.) This was completed with funds crowdfunded from […]

Tales From Backstage Podcasts for 2018

Throughout 2016 I spoke with a number of my colleagues about their work. Initially speaking with people wrangling various animals at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, I quickly opened the discussion up to other musicians and artistic practitioners that I know. These discussions, edited down to 10-15 min podcasts – which I called Tales […]

Over My Shoulder – London performance

Born in a Soho slum, Jessie Matthews rose to become a superstar of stage and screen throughout the 1930s, and was often described as “the English Ginger Rogers”. Elisabeth Schumann was a German opera and song specialist whose popularity with British audiences remained undimmed even after Germany and England had fought a war. Both women were hugely famous in their day, and […]

The Future of Knowledge

I’m delighted to have been invited to speak at the Future of Knowledge conference at the British Museum on Monday 12 February 2018. The conference is organised by the Knowledge Quarter to mark its third year of promoting productive partnerships, fruitful networks and creative interaction between its member organisations. I will talking about McCaldin Arts’ […]

The Complete Heroine

Paul Turner’s impressive Swindon Recital Series has been running for over twenty years, and I was delighted to return to give a recital as part of the Complete season – a programming strand which has included Paul’s performance of the complete Chopin Nocturnes. Paul and I created a song programme around the idea of heroine […]

Royal Society of Musicians

I’m delighted to have been elected to the Royal Society of Musicians. The RSM is Britain’s oldest music charity, established to provide immediate financial assistance to musicians unable to work due to accident, illness or old age. Here I am with my proposer and long-standing colleague, George Vass, following his confirmation as the organisation’s new Treasurer. […]

Over My Shoulder

Last night Paul Turner and I gave the first performance of Over My Shoulder at the church in whose graveyard are buried Elisabeth Schumann and Jessie Matthews, the subjects of our entertainment. We were delighted to be joined by Elisabeth Schumann’s grandchildren, who grew up in England after their parents settled here after the Second […]