Entries by Clare

9/11 Memorial Concert – Three Choirs Festival

This year’s Three Choirs Festival is hosted by Worcester and Sunday’s concert played to a packed Cathedral.  In addition to Mozart’s Requiem, a specific composition to commemorate the departed in the Christian liturgy, the programme contained other works inspired by or now associated with national mourning and loss.  Barber’s Adagio was broadcast over the radio […]

Jerwood Opera Writing Programme workshops at Snape Maltings

I’ve just returned from six days at Snape Maltings, working with composers and librettists in their third week of the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme Foundation Course.   Six singers, two conductor/pianists and six instrumentalists gathered to workshop the ten-minute mini-operas written by each of the ten composers-librettist teams. We also had directors with us, some of […]

Cunning Little Vixen

Here I am with Rebecca Bottone in the Ryedale Festival’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Joe Austin and designed by Simon Kenny.  Nick Winston did brilliant work with the cast to develop a range of movements to suit our non-human characters – foxes, chickens, mosquito, owl, frog, hare, cricket, dog, woodpecker – […]

Sketched at the Knitting Concert

At a recent concert, Dennis Lane was sitting in the audience and sketched this lovely line drawing of me singing.   This was one of Robert Bridge’s splendid Knitting Concerts in Putney, at which the audience is encouraged to listen while doing another activity.  A great way to encourage people to support concerts on a Sunday […]

Lakesongs by Phillip Cooke

I will be premiering Phillip Cooke’s Lakesongs on August 9th 2011 in a recital of music for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano at the Lake District Summer Music Festival. The three songs were commissioned by the LDSM and are settings of A Lake Memory by William Wilfred Campbell, The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler […]

New songs by Hugh Wood

Following the great success of Beginnings, Hugh’s songs for me with string orchestra that were premiered at the 2010 Presteigne Festival, he has written a second group, this time with piano accompaniment.  The five Laurie Lee Songs were begun at a similar time to Beginnings, in the late 1950s, but remained incomplete until this year.  […]

Brave Tin Soldiers – Sarah Nixey’s new album

Sarah’s second solo album came out in May and has been garnering great reviews.  She sang in Black Box Recorder, before going solo, and recently supported KT Tunstall in concert – the first performers to appear in concert at the newly-built RSC theatre in Stratford on Avon.  Download her album from iTunes here http://bit.ly/mbtxWU and […]

Cunning Little Vixen cast update

Rebecca Bottone will play the Vixen in Ryedale Festival Opera’s production, in which I play the Fox and the Dog, with Sam Evans as the Forester.  Other cast members include Michael Burke, Tom Herford, Eleanor Greenwood and Helen Bailey.  Joe Austin directs, Simon Kenny designs and Iain Farrington conducts.  Performance dates are 15 and 17 […]

As In Waking Dream – Monday 23 May, Opera North, Leeds

I’m delighted to be involved in this project, curated by Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Six new song cycles have been written by poets and composers from the Universities of Leeds and York and will be performed by a group of singers, actors and pianists, including me, Natalie Raybould, Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks and Ian Shaw. As in waking dream […]

The Aspern Papers – Michael Hurd

I’ll be in Belfast this September to record the role of Miss Tina in Michael Hurd’s opera “The Aspern Papers” based on the novel by Henry James.  George Vass will conduct and the cast also includes Louise Winter and Pippa Goss.