Entries by Clare

With the Finzis in Ashmansworth

Last weekend I visited the village of Ashmansworth to take part in the Finzi Friends‘ day of activity commemorating the 60th anniversary of Finzi’s death. The tiny church outside which Gerald and his wife Joy are buried (left) is just big enough to cram a baby grand in next to the font and still leave […]

Fresh Ayres

I love working with strings and so jumped at the chance to give the first performance on 11 June of Artemisia, a cycle of songs by Paul Ayres about the life of ground-breaking Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentilleschi. Sharing the performance with me were Daniel Pioro (violin) and two members of the Castalian Quartet, Charlotte Bonneton […]

Stevie Smith and Artemisia Gentileschi

This month I am getting inside the minds of two very different female artists, the English poet Stevie Smith and the Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Stevie Smith (1902-1971) was a novelist and poet, perhaps best known for her poem Not Waving But Drowning, and for her novel The Holiday. A quirky and sometimes difficult personality, […]

April 29 launch of Notes from the Asylum

I’m delighted to announce that 29th April is the confirmed date for the release of my second CD, Notes from the Asylum, by Champs Hill Records. Pianist Libby Burgess and clarinettist Catriona Scott join me on the CD, which features songs by Purcell, Abrams, Brahms, Wolf and  Rorem, chosen to complement the central themes in Stephen McNeff’s Vivienne, […]

Tales from Backstage

This week I posted my eighth podcast episode – the second part of an extended conversation with composer Stephen McNeff in which we talk about writing for singers, what makes for successful collaboration and what else he has in the compositional pipeline. I’ve called the podcasting strand of my activity Tales from Backstage because I […]

Come on 2016!

2016 is starting with a buzz of activity, dusting off existing projects for performance and preparing the ground for new work. My podcasting project features new conversations with Stephen McNeff, composer of Vivienne, and Liz Smith, film-maker and documenter of the O Antiphons. Click on the name to listen to the podcasts or go to […]

Happy Christmas

  Thank you for following me and my work both here and through my production company, McCaldin Arts. It’s been a busy year of new and exciting work. The promise of 2016 is, if anything, even exotic and demanding. You can read back over my previous Newsletters by going to the dedicated page on this […]

O Veni

The Church of England traditionally marks the beginning of Advent with a service on the eve of the season and this year at St Paul’s Knightsbridge we observed the date in a decidedly non-traditional way. Since the summer a group of us has been discussing the meanings of the O Antiphon texts and making creative […]

CHROMAtic music

Yesterday I joined members of CHROMA to workshop new compositions by students of the Music Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, where CHROMA is currently resident. Apart from the pleasure of seeing old friends whom I bump into surprisingly rarely in the course of our work, it’s always interesting to discuss how and why […]

Revisiting Hugh Wood and Laurie Lee

Thanks to the Hampstead Garden Suburb Chamber Music Concerts, I had the chance to revisit Hugh Wood‘s wonderful Laurie Lee Songs in performance. Since recording them last year for NMC, I hadn’t sung them live, so I was delighted to be specifically asked to include them in a recent recital. Paul Turner (seen L with […]