At long last, here is the recording from May's workshop with the BBC Singers in London. This piece was another collaboration with poet Stephanie Yorke, and we're very excited to be able to share it with you!
The recording of February's performance of "Moosemeat" (text by Stephanie Yorke), an aria written in collaboration with Music Theatre Wales and Judith Weir, is now available! We hope you enjoy this preview of Stephanie and Anna's opera-in-progress:
Moosemeat (from Moosemeat) (2014)
in collaboration with Music Theatre Wales
text by Stephanie Yorke
Andrew MacKenzie-Wicks, tenor; Ian Ryan, piano; Michael Rafferty, conductor (Oxford, 27 February 2014, premiere)
Stephanie and Anna presenting their aria in February's workshop
Creator of the Stars of Night (chant arrangement, 2012) | John Padley: Christ Church Cathedral Singers (Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, 2013)
Performed as part of the Christ Church Cathedral Singers 2014 carol service and Christmas concert.
Anna has been accepted into the Make an Aria program with Music Theatre Wales! This program pairs a composer with a writer, who then work together as a team to create a new aria with support and guidance from Music Theatre Wales.
Anna will be working with Canadian poet Stephanie Yorke over the next few months. Their aria will be part of a masterclass with composer Judith Weir, and will be performed in Oxford in February 2014.
THANK YOU to all of the wonderful musicians and audience members who made Saturday's workshop and performance of Cantata Eliensis a success! It was a long day of rehearsal, and I was in awe of the amount of work and dedication everyone put into our project. The singers and instrumentalists gave gorgeous performances, and I am so grateful to conductor Toby Young and répétiteur Joseph Currie. Thanks especially to our fantastic audience — we couldn't have done this without you!
Photos and sound clips will be added to the website soon. The next step is to prepare the piece for a full performance at Ely in 2015. Please contact Cantata Dramatica if you'd like to be involved in this process in some way!