Category Archives: Contemporary Music

Programmes

EARLY AND NEW MUSIC CONCERTS PROGRAMMES – latest programmes with her regular groups
SIRINU NEW MUSIC
sirinu 3 images optTHE MAN HURDY-GURDY AND ME – British new music commissions for voice and early instruments:  ‘The Man Hurdy-Gurdy and Me’ by HOWARD SKEMPTON  (voice, harp and hurdy-gurdy), GRAHAM FITKIN ‘Far’  and CHRIS FOX’s look at the bombing of Berlin in ‘Rubble music’ for voice and hurdy-gurdy.
Other contemporary repertoire ‘Overture to Orpheus’ by Dutch minimalist LOUIS ANDRIESSEN, EARLE BROWN’s ‘9 Rarebits’, JOHN CAGE/ERIK SATIE ‘Sonnekus’,  GYORGY LIGETI’S virtuoso harpsichord piece ‘Continuum’, STEVE REICH’s ‘Electric Counterpoint’ for guitar and  GIACINTO SCELSI’s CKCKC for voice and mandoline.

 

Biography

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MUSICAL STUDIES
Brought up in Harlow Sara studied  piano privately with Virginia Black and left Essex on a scholarship to study at the ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC.   As a student there she won the coveted INTER-COLLEGE RAYMOND RUSSELL HARPSICHORD PRIZE and the RCM continuo prize.
Along side her love of early music, Sara developed an interest in contemporary  music at the RCM.  She joined the New London Chamber Choir and started singing new music with composer/conductor/percussionist JamesWood.  
Sara then moved to Italy where she was awarded a British Council Training Bursary to study singing in Milan.  She worked with many Italian composers throughout Italy, including Luciano Berio, Franco Oppo and Franco Donatoni.   Sara completed her vocal studies with Peter Harrison in London and Porto.
Well known for her work with lutenist/hurdy gurdy player Matthew Spring and with Sirinu with whom she regularly performs, Sara has performed at major British Music Festivals: Bath, Spitalfields,  Almeida,  Norfolk and Norwich, York, Beverley, Bruges, Utrecht, Bornholm, Bradford,  Bradford, Cheltenham, Truro, Glasgow, Stratford, Wycombe, South Bank Centre – Meltdown, ICA – MuICA, Sonorities – Belfast, Oxford, Sheffield, Huddersfield, The Place – London and Gregynog.
Herperformances of new music have taken her to  contemporary music festivals  in Darmstadt, Dusseldorf, Greece, Bonn, Vienna, Paris, Milan, Rome, Turin, Como, Palestrina, Nicosia, Sassari, Latina, Florence, Naples, Cagliari and Pantelleria.
Sara has made tours to South America, North Africa, Japan,  Europe, the Crimea and Russia.   She has toured for Early Music Network in Britain and Holland with Sirinu, the Broadside Band and Chalemie.  She has most recently sung on a MAKING MUSIC tour with early music quartet Galliarda.
Her other  collaborations include work with the Academy of Ancient Music, New London Consort,  Sinfonye, Taverner Consort, the Dufay Collective,  Rose Consort,   CERM, Cagliari New Music, Musicus Concentus, Logos Ensemble and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
Theatre work:   Royal Shakespeare Company (‘King John’),  Oxford Stage Company (‘The Tempest’) and the Covent Garden Venture.

Harpsichord

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A Taste of the Town – Keyboard Music from 18th Century London

George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)                                                                                 Suite Nr.5 n E HWV 32

Thomas Arne (1710-1778) Sonata no. 8 in G

Thomas Chilcot (1707-1766) Sonata no.2 in A major

Frederick William Herschel (1733-1822)  Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Ah! vous dirai-je maman’ K665

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)   Solfeggietto in C min Wq.117/2

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  Presto 1 C min Wq.114/3

Joseph Haydn (1732-1806) Sonata no.36 C major Hob.XV1.21

Anon. Scottish Dance Tunes:

The Haughs of Cromdale, My Lady Binnie’s Lilt, Lady Susan Stewart’s Reel, The Flowers of Edinburgh

 

COUNTERPOINT AND CONTINUUM

J.S.Bach Prelude and Fugue in C minor (book 1)

D.Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C major

L.Andriessen Overture to Orpheus

T.Arne Sonata no. 4 in D minor

G.Ligeti Passacaglia Ungherese

C.P.E.Bach Solfeggietto in C minor

C.P.E.Bach Presto in C minor

D.Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in A minor

G.Ligeti Continuum

New Music  – solo voice & harpsichord 

OVERTURE TO ORPHEUS

songs and sounds from the late 20th century

Louis Andriessen Overture to Orpheus (harpsichord)

John Cage               8 Whiskus (voice)

Earle Brown             Nine Rarebits (harpsichord)

Giacinto Scelsi        3 Canti del Capricorno (soprano)

Gyorgy Ligeti          Continuum (harpsichord)

Luciano Berio         Sequenza lll for voice (voice)

Gyorgy Ligeti        Passacaglia Ungherese (harpsichord)

John Cage               Experiences ll (voice)

Mauricio Kagel     Recitativarie (singing harpsichordist)