Update November 2020:
I am so delighted that the Isolation Songbook featuring my A Moment has been recorded by Helen Charlston (mezzo), Michael Craddock (baritone) and Alexander Soares (piano) in Edinburgh's beautiful The Queen's Hall with Delphian Records. The CD is due to be released in March 2021, exactly one year after the UK's first lockdown which initially inspired the project.
From July 2020
On 29th July 1800 GMT Helen Charlston (mezzo), Michael Craddock (baritone) and Alexander Soares (piano) will premiere 15 brand new pieces as part of the City Music Foundation's summer concert series, this year held digitally from St Pancras Clocktower.
I was so excited to read about the Isolation Songbook - spawned from a tragic story of cancelled performances and a desire to sing again, I was touched by your passion to celebrate chaos and change as a force of necessary good.
Writing in isolation has its ups and downs - as a composer a lot of my creative process is a kind-of ‘forced isolation’ in the hope that what follows will be a social collaboration, but remaining socially distanced in the same four walls whilst trying to create art that isn’t bleak and formless has certainly been a challenge.
I was inspired by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge’s text, A Moment, because it captures a tender scene that isn’t possible in our current strange circumstances; the poem is curiously structured in two seemingly unrelated stanzas, which seemed like the perfect starting point for a duet.