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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Haydn, Theresienmesse & Vivaldi, Gloria – 21/04/18 – Grimsby

Who
Haydn, Theresienmesse & Vivaldi, Gloria
When
Saturday, April 21, 2018
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
Grimsby Central Hall (map)
Duncombe St
Grimsby DN32 7EG
Other Info
Grimsby Philharmonic Society conducted by Andrew Padmore.
Soloists include Natalie Montakhab, Robert Anthony Gardiner, Julian Charles Debreuil

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Handel, Messiah – 19/04/18 – London, SW1X 8SH

Who
Handel, Messiah
When
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge (map)
Wilton Place
London, SW1X 8SH
Other Info
Consort performance by the choir of St Paul's Knightsbridge, conducted by Michael Papadopoulos.

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McNeff, Vivienne – 08/04/18 – Beverley, E Yorkshire

Who
McNeff, Vivienne
When
Sunday, April 8, 2018
2:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
East Riding Theatre (map)
10 Lord Roberts Road
Beverley, E Yorkshire HU17 9BE
Other Info
A staged performance of Vivienne. Part of the New Paths Festival.
For more information about Vivienne see the drop down menu on this website

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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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Over My Shoulder – London performance

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 yet their names are hardly recognised now by younger generations of music-lovers.

Over My Shoulder sets out to remedy this by weaving together the stories of these two singers around their unexpected intersection here in London. In a strange twist of fate, Jessie and Elisabeth now lie buried on opposite sides of the same West London churchyard. Could they also have met years earlier in Covent Garden at the height of their fame? Might there be some connection between the two women?

Paul Turner (piano) & Clare McCaldin (mezzo)

Clare McCaldin (mezzo-soprano) and Paul Turner (piano) combine story-telling and singing to celebrate the lives and work of Jessie and Elisabeth. Tales of romantic scandal, tragedy, falls from grace and triumphant come-backs are inseparable from the remarkable artistic contribution of these two women.

The performance includes music by Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Johannes Brahms, Otto Klemperer, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Noël Coward, Harry Woods and Rodgers & Hart.

15th February 2018, 7.30pm
St Paul’s Church, 32a Wilton Place, London, SW1X 8SH

Tickets £25, £15, £10. Interval drinks will be served (donation requested).
Click here to book in advance or buy a ticket on the door.