News from Clare McCaldin and McCaldin Arts
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Welcome to my September e-newsletter and thank you for reading. In a year that has already had many satisfactions, I'm especially proud that my CD with Libby Burgess for Champs Hill Records has received a 4-star review from BBC Music Magazine, which called Notes from the Asylum "a richly sung, richly imaginative recital".

Below you'll find reviews of other recent activities and details of some exciting new developments. A full list of my Autumn engagements appears at the bottom of this email. Click on any event for more information about it.

I hope to see you soon and do please get in touch if you want to know more about anything mentioned here. If you have been sent this by someone else and would like to join the mailing list, you can sign up here.

July included a concert with Libby Burgess (piano) for the Finzi Friends, to mark the 60th anniversary of Gerald Finzi's death. Here we are with composer Cheryl Frances Hoad (centre), whose Ophelia songs we included in our programme.
My first visit to Champs Hill since recording Notes from the Asylum last year was courtesy of Petworth Festival and the Revolutionary Drawing Room, for whom I reprised my performance as Nancy Storace (above) in A Viennese Quartet Party. As with all the best programmes, this one continues to evolve and now features songs by Haydn and Mozart in arrangements with string quartet by the RDR's viola player Rachel Stott.
This summer we took our first steps towards creating a new chamber opera, The Ubiquitous Woman, when I convened a workshop to explore early musical ideas. Martin Ward is setting Di Sherlock's libretto in an adaptation of Marcel Ayme's short story from the 1940s, Les Sabines. Damian Thantrey (baritone), Libby Burgess (piano) and Michael Peavoy (tenor) joined Martin, Di and me for a day of exploration and discussion. More news of this to come later this year.
I'm delighted to report that composer Toby Young and I have been accepted onto the TORCH Knowledge Exchange Programme Fellowship Scheme at Oxford University to work on our project, Transforming the Operatic Voice. Beginning in September, this will be a 10-month research piece to explore the philosophical and technical space that exists between operatic and pop singing. Through workshop discussions we aim to develop innovative approaches and techniques with which to compose and perform contemporary opera.
Haydn's London Ladies was first premiered in 2013 at the Foundling Museum, since when the show has been developing through performances around the country. The show returns to London for the first time in its full-length version at 7.30pm on 20th September at St Paul's Knightsbridge, with Paul Turner (piano). Tickets are £15 (£8 concessions) on the door or in advance from here.
My second Autumn concert at St Paul's Knightsbridge is on 15th October with pianist Howard Shelley (above) and the Thames Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Keith Marshall). I'll be singing Mozart's great concert aria Ch'io mi scordi di te, which features piano soloist and orchestra, and Howard will also perform Schumann's piano concerto. This gala concert inaugurates the new season of music at St Paul's.
More info and tickets here.
To mark Charlotte Bronte’s 200th anniversary and his own 90th  birthday, John Joubert's third opera, Jane Eyre, will receive its official world premiere. The concert on 25th October in Edgbaston will be recorded for release by Somm Records. David Stout is Rochester, Katherine Manley is Jane. I double the roles of Mrs Fairfax and Hannah. Ken Woods conducts the English Symphony Orchestra.
Information here. Tickets here
Forthcoming concerts:

Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle, Hexham Abbey - 17 September
Haydn's London Ladies, London - 20 September
Liveability fundraising opera gala, Horniman Museum, London - 9 October
St Paul's Knightsbridge gala concert - 15 October
Joubert Jane Eyre premiere, Edgbaston - 25 October
Opera Cabaret at the Round Chapel, London - 6 November
Elgar Sea Pictures, Lancaster - 26 November
Handel Messiah by candlelight, Norwich Cathedral - 17 December
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