Over My Shoulder – 15/02/18 – London, SW1X 8SH

Who
Over My Shoulder
When
Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge (map)
Wilton Place
London, SW1X 8SH
Other Info
An entertainment telling the extraordinary life stories of Elisabeth Schumann and Jessie Matthews, interspersed with their favourite songs.

More info here: http://mccaldinarts.com/projects-2/previous-projects/over-my-shoulder/

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Mary\’s Hand – Curating historical fact as creative fiction – 12/02/18 – London

Who
Mary's Hand - Curating historical fact as creative fiction
When
Monday, February 12, 2018
12:00pm - All Ages
Where
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum (map)
London
Other Info
Paper at the inaugural Knowledge Quarter Conference on The Future of Knowledge.

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Handel, Messiah – 16/12/17 – Derby

Who
Handel, 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 – 28/11/17 – Cardiff

Who
Mozart, Requiem
When
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
Cardiff University (map)
Cardiff

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Mozart, Requiem with Choir of Christ\\\’s College, Cambridge – 23/11/17 – London

Who
Mozart, Requiem with Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge
When
Thursday, November 23, 2017
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
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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Mozart, Requiem – 18/11/17 – Brentwood

Who
Mozart, Requiem
When
Saturday, November 18, 2017
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
Brentwood Cathedral (map)
Brentwood
Other Info
conducted by Tim Hooper

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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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BYO’s Don Giovanni

Photo: Robert Workman via The Stage

Having only become a singer relatively late in life, I didn’t work with organisations such as British Youth Opera, but I am always pleased to support colleagues who can still qualify as young(!). To this end I was at a recent performance of BYO’s Don Giovanni, applauding a friend’s immaculate (electronic) mandolin in the Serenade and his classy continuo playing. I only recognised one of the cast but it struck me that there is a lot of musical talent out there and I hope our industry can provide for them all.

The Peacock Theatre is a good location in many ways for such a night – spacious, centrally-located with a decent bar and big enough pit for an opera orchestra. It’s less good because it can feel like a bit of a bunker. I’ve never been on-stage there so I don’t know how much wing-space there is, but the time it took to change the scenes in this show suggests that there may not be very much. We’re so used to seeing shows move uninterrupted from one scene to another that it felt slightly old-fashioned to have the curtain repeatedly come in and stop the action dead. At the other end of the spectrum is Richard Jones’ new Bohème for the Royal Opera, where the front-cloth is out for the whole show and the scenery for each Act is hauled into place in full view of the audience by an army of stage-crew, all the while snow gently falling on them.

It’s also interesting to observe how an interesting idea can sometimes become a bit of a handicap; quite literally if your character gets shot in the leg a good half hour before the end of the show and still has a lot of stage business to execute.