Vivienne (Little Venice Festival) – 06/10/18 – London

Who
Vivienne (Little Venice Festival)
When
Saturday, October 6, 2018
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Warwick Avenue
London W9 2PT
Other Info
In a new chamber ensemble version by the composer Stephen McNeff. Part of the Little Venice Festival.

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Vivienne (Poetry Swindon Festival) – 04/10/18 – Swindon

Who
Vivienne (Poetry Swindon Festival)
When
Thursday, October 4, 2018
12:00am - All Ages
Where
Swindon Arts Centre (map)
Devizes Road
Swindon SN1 4BJ

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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 thanks to the team that has made the piece with me – Di Sherlock, Martin Bussey, Andie Scott and Sophie Meyer. Mary’s Hand works on many levels and its success is in large part due to the balance of musical, textual and design elements that has been achieved through a genuinely collaborative exchange of ideas and critical process. 

The decision to make another one-woman show after Vivienne was not a foregone conclusion. However, Mary’s Hand naturally builds on that show’s success, not least my interest in revisiting the stories of historical women with blurry or dark reputations.  In addition, my interest in setting myself development challenges as a performer has been brilliantly answered in Mary’s Hand, thanks to our collective insistence on refining the piece to its best.

Thank-yous are also due to Tête á Tête for programming a third McCaldin Arts production in its Opera Festival – my progress as a maker of new work is closely linked to TaT’s support and encouragement. My thanks, too, to the clergy of St Paul’s Knightsbridge, which provided rehearsal space and where we ran Mary’s Hand in its first draft.  The Church of the Holy Cross warmly welcomed us for the August performances and we are delighted to have made new friends in our local King’s Cross area.

The biggest thank you of all is to Cheyney Kent, who not only curates McCaldin Arts’ online presence, but provides behind the scenes support at every turn. Without him Mary’s Hand simply would not have made it to the stage at all.

Mary\\\’s Hand – 02/08/18 – London

Who
Mary's Hand
When
Thursday, August 2, 2018
8:30pm - All Ages
Where
Church of the Holy Cross (map)
98 Cromer St
Kings Cross
London WC1H 8JU
Other Info
http://mccaldinarts.com/projects/marys-hand/

As part of Tete-a-Tete: the Opera Festival

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Mary\’s Hand – 01/08/18 – London

Who
Mary's Hand
When
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
8:30pm - All Ages
Where
Church of the Holy Cross (map)
98 Cromer St
Kings Cross
London WC1H 8JU
Other Info
http://mccaldinarts.com/projects/marys-hand/

As part of Tete-a-Tete: the Opera Festival

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Mary\’s Hand – 21/06/18 – Chester

Who
Mary's Hand
When
Thursday, June 21, 2018
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
St Mary’s Hill
Chester CH1 2DW
Other Info
http://mccaldinarts.com/projects/marys-hand/

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Mary’s Hand premieres

Clare McCaldin as Mary 1

Photo: Robert Workman

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 our supporters, to whom much thanks. The video below introduces some of the key creatives on the team and footage of our try-out in April 2018 with the costume still in its partially-finished state. The experience of running the show with the three instrumentalists and an invited audience was of enormous help to us in making final adjustments to our work before the premiere.

You can discover more about the project at McCaldin Arts. You can download and read Di Sherlock’s libretto for Mary’s Hand here and read an interview with our composer Martin Bussey here. 

 

 

 

Elgar, Sea Pictures – 08/06/18 – Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire

Who
Elgar, Sea Pictures
When
Friday, June 8, 2018
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
St Mary's Church (map)
Church St
Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire SN8 3PF
Other Info
Recital with Paul Turner (piano) for Bedwyn Music Society. Programme also includes Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Duet recital with Paul Sheehan (baritone) – 03/06/18 – London, SW1X 8SH

Who
Duet recital with Paul Sheehan (baritone)
When
Sunday, June 3, 2018
2:00pm - All Ages
Where
St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge (map)
Wilton Place
London, SW1X 8SH
Other Info
Stanford Songs of the Sea, Elgar Sea Pictures and other nautical songs.
Accompanied by Libby Burgess and Stephen Dickinson (piano).

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McNeff, Image in Stone – 28/04/18 – London

Who
McNeff, Image in Stone
When
Saturday, April 28, 2018
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
All Saints, Sydenham (map)
Trewsbury Road
Sydenham
London SE26 5DP
Other Info
With Lambeth Wind Orchestra, conductor John Holland.

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