News from Clare McCaldin and McCaldin Arts
My CD, Madrigali dell'Estate, was launched last month on the Champs Hill Records label and is attracting excellent reviews.

Robert Hugill wriites: "This is a daring and striking disc, wonderfully enterprising in its repertoire and superb in execution. For anyone interested in modern song-writing, the disc is a must." Read the full review.

Nick Boston writes: "I really enjoyed this disc, and it provides a great showcase for both singer and composer." Read the full review.

In a month when Champs Hill Records has also released recordings by Dame Felicity Lott, Joan Rodgers and Roderick Williams, I am delighted to get such positive coverage. I continue to talk to other reviewers and hope I can persuade someone to include a couple of the songs on their classical music radio playlist. This is high-quality song-writing: please encourage anyonewho doesn't know Stephen's music to start with this:

La Sabbia del Tempo from Madrigali dell'Estate

Madrigali dell'Estate is now available from
Following the success of A Voice of One Delight at last year's Tête à Tête: the Opera Festival, McCaldin Arts is fund-raising for a new project. Vivienne tells the story of TS Eliot’s first wife, whom Virginia Woolf memorably and cruelly described as a "bag of ferrets" around Eliot's neck.

Vivienne is my latest collaboration with Stephen McNeff and our team also includes librettist Andy Rashleigh, who worked with Stephen on their version of the Wasteland for the Donmar Warehouse in 1994.

More information at McCaldin Arts.
During his two visits to London in 1791/92 and 1794/95, Haydn developed significant friendships with a number of women. The music associated with them forms the basis of this new project - Haydn's London Ladies - and the first performance will be at London's Foundling Museum on May 25th. More details here.
In February, I performed Hugh Wood's Op.28 orchestral songs in their new piano version with Paul Turner at the Royal Opera House.

Listen to April Rise from Op.28 Laurie Lee Songs

Concerts during April

Bach: St John Passion
St Alban's Abbey
St Alban's Choral Society cond.George Vass
Saturday 20 April 7.30pm:

Poulenc: lunchtime recital
St Bride's Church, Fleet St, London.
With Lindy Tennent-Brown (piano)
programme includes Banalités and Quatre Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire, plus English songs by Quilter, Gurney and Parry.
Tuesday 23 April 1.15pm

Mozart: favourites
Hull City Hall
Vespers, Coronation Mass, arias & duets from Cosi fan' Tutte
Hull Choral Union cond. Sam Gardner
Thursday 25 April, 7.30pm

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