Messiah – 16/12/17 – Derby

Who
Messiah
When
Saturday, December 16, 2017
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
Derby Cathedral (map)
18-19 Iron Gate
Derby DE1 3GP
Other Info
With Derby Choral Union conducted by Richard Dacey

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The \’complete\’ Heroine – 09/12/17 – Swindon

Who
The 'complete' Heroine
When
Saturday, December 9, 2017
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
Swindon Arts Centre (map)
Devizes Road
Swindon SN1 4BJ
Other Info
An eclectic programme extolling the virtues and compelling stories of the Heroine, with dramatic entrances and quirky humour. Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Salome, Mignon, and even Jessie Matthews are all ready for their close up….

Clare McCaldin mezzo soprano with Paul Turner piano

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Mozart, Requiem – 23/11/17 – London

Who
Mozart, Requiem
When
Thursday, November 23, 2017
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
St Martin in the Fields (map)
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 4JJ
Other Info
With Thames Chamber Orchestra conducted by Keith Marshall.

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Cecilia McDowall, Magnificat & Mozart, Requiem – 11/11/17 – Hertford

Who
Cecilia McDowall, Magnificat & Mozart, Requiem
When
Saturday, November 11, 2017
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
All Saints Church, Hertford (map)
Hertford SG13 8AY.

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Over My Shoulder – Jessie and Elisabeth – 16/09/17 – Ruislip

Who
Over My Shoulder - Jessie and Elisabeth
When
Saturday, September 16, 2017
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
St Martin's, Ruislip (map)
Eastcote Rd
Ruislip HA4 8DG
Other Info
An evening of story and song, charting the extraordinary lives of two huge stars of the twentieth century, Jessie Matthews and Elizabeth Schumann. These two singers, both achieved international fame and fortune but had to cope with great private sadness and difficulty. In a strange twist of fate, they now lie in the same churchyard in Ruislip.
With Paul Turner (piano)
This concert kindly supported by Edmission UK.

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Shakespeare & Schumann – songs and duets – 16/07/17 – London

Who
Shakespeare & Schumann - songs and duets
When
Sunday, July 16, 2017
3:00pm - All Ages
Where
St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge (map)
Wilton Place
London SW3
Other Info
WIth Paul Sheehan (baritone), Stephen Dickenson and Michael Papadopoulos (piano). Featuring first performance of A Shakespeare Quartet, new songs for me, and Benedictus duet by Stephen Dickenson. Also Finzi's Let Us Garlands Bring, and duets by Schumann.

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Schumann and Shakespeare: 16 July

Ophelia by Arthur Hughes

Ophelia by Arthur Hughes

Stephen Dickinson has written a new group of songs for me entitled A Shakespeare Quartet, which we will be premiering together on Sunday 16 July at 3pm. The songs are settings of speeches from four different female characters in Shakespeare’s plays: Rosalind’s teasing of Orlando (As You Like It), Viola to Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night), Gertrude’s description of Ophelia’s watery death (Hamlet) and Hermia’s dream (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Stephen will be accompanying me in these new songs, as well as in a duet he wrote last year for baritone Paul Sheehan and me, setting Prospero’s closing speech from The Tempest.

Stephen has also written a new Benedictus duet for us, commemorating the death of his great-uncle Oxley Jones Frost, who was killed in action on 17th March 1917 aged 24. This will be performed alongside a Pie Jesu which Stephen wrote in 1997.

Paul will also be performing Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring, accompanied by Michael Papadopoulos, and the three of us will open the concert with three duets by Schumann: Tanzlied, In der Nacht and Ich bin dein Baum.

The concert is at St Paul’s Church, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge at 3pm on Sunday 16th July, and lasts an hour without an interval. 

The Opera Cabaret – 18/06/17 – London

Who
The Opera Cabaret
When
Sunday, June 18, 2017
6:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Cecil Sharpe House (map)
2 Regent's Park Road,
London NW1 7AY

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Over My Shoulder

over my shoulder: elisabeth schumann and jessie matthewsSeptember 16th will be the first performance of Over My Shoulder, my latest McCaldin Arts project, about soprano Elisabeth Schumann and musical comedy star Jessie Matthews. In this recital I narrate the remarkable life-stories of these two women and sing some of the wonderful music most closely associated with them. Accompanying me in songs ranging from Mendelssohn, Strauss and Schubert to Noel Coward and Rogers & Hart will be pianist Paul Turner, my regular collaborator on Haydn’s London Ladies.

It was a photograph of the grave of Elisabeth Schumann at St Martin’s church in Ruislip that first prompted the idea for a recital, followed by the discovery of Jessie Matthews’ grave in the same churchyard. It seems appropriate that Over My Shoulder should get its premiere at St Martin’s where these two women finally came to rest. I hope that, having heard me weave their stories together, the audience will not only visit the two graves, but seek out the substantial legacy of recordings and film left by Elisabeth and Jessie, many of which can be found on You Tube. I am delighted to be presenting their song repertoire, but the inimitable originals are really worth hearing too, and Jessie’s dance routines (she was the “English Ginger Rogers”) are absolutely extraordinary.

This performance of Over My Shoulder is sponsored by Edmission UK and all ticket receipts will go to the Myosotis Trust, a charitable organisation with which St Martin’s church has a long association.

Concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available on the door. Interval drinks.

Bach Cantata BWV 44 – 28/05/17 – London

Who
Bach Cantata BWV 44
When
Sunday, May 28, 2017
6:30pm - All Ages
Where
St Mary-at-Hill (map)
Lovat Lane
London EC3R 8EE
Other Info
Performed with other German baroque music as in Bach's time, within the Lutheran liturgy.
FREE admission, voluntary donation.
Performed by the City Bach Collective

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