The Swindon Recital Series celebrated its 25th year on Sunday evening. It’s a remarkable achievement to have sustained this strand of high-quality music-making in the face of many local pressures on the classical music audience. The celebratory concert featured series founder and artistic director Paul Turner, with other performers who have been regular contributors over […]
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On Saturday, I took part in a performance of JS Bach’s St John Passion BWV 245 at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, an in-house performance of the work. The professional church choir, of whom I am one of the altos, shared the solo arias as step-outs: I sang Von den Stricken meiner Sünden. Director of Music […]
Last weekend I was delighted to return to All Saints Hertford to sing the Alto arias in a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Conductor Derek Harrison conducted the Camerata of London in a performance of the early Prout edition of Handel’s enduring masterpiece. Hertford Choral Society have a strong local following and we all really enjoyed […]
Following a change of management, I’m delighted to confirm that I will be on the roster of Ann Ferrier Artists, effective from 1 October 2018. I look forward to working with Ann, whose new website is annferrierartists.com. For a list of my current concert repertoire click here. Ann can be contacted at [email protected]
We’ve had the reviews for Mary’s Hand in London. I am thrilled to get five stars in The Independent – my first review in a national newspaper. Writing for The Independent, Alexandra Coghlan said, “Elegant, thoughtful, current without being gimmicky and immaculately presented, Mary’s Hand is a 70-minute rebuke to the UK’s major opera companies. At the centre […]
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 […]
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 […]
Throughout 2016 I spoke with a number of my colleagues about their work. Initially speaking with people wrangling various animals at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, I quickly opened the discussion up to other musicians and artistic practitioners that I know. These discussions, edited down to 10-15 min podcasts – which I called Tales […]
Born in a Soho slum, Jessie Matthews rose to become a superstar of stage and screen throughout the 1930s, and was often described as “the English Ginger Rogers”. Elisabeth Schumann was a German opera and song specialist whose popularity with British audiences remained undimmed even after Germany and England had fought a war. Both women were hugely famous in their day, and […]
I’m delighted to have been invited to speak at the Future of Knowledge conference at the British Museum on Monday 12 February 2018. The conference is organised by the Knowledge Quarter to mark its third year of promoting productive partnerships, fruitful networks and creative interaction between its member organisations. I will talking about McCaldin Arts’ […]
Clare McCaldin was a passionate and inventive interpreter of these disparate texts (Hugh Wood’s “Beginnings”). Her dramatic punching-out of the word ‘fists’ at the end of the central setting contrasted well with her gorgeous dying fall in the concluding bars of the opening song and the ecstatic, sustained ‘Domine’ which brought the piece to an emotionally satisfying close.