We are very pleased to have been passed a recording of the premiere performance of Requiescat Aberfan, composed by Christopher Wood, one of our trustees. Christopher has built an enviable reputation for highly melodious music of strong sentiment for notable occasions. This year sees the 50th anniversary of the disaster at Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil and Christopher’s splendid piece, performed by the RPO under Orwain Arwel Hughes for the first time at this summer’s Welsh Proms, finds exactly the right balance of reflection and hope that such an event demands.
Another of our Trustees, Clare McCaldin, has appeared as a soloist on the recordings of two of Chris’s works, the Requiem and Holy Week, an oratorio for Easter.
Now that New Notes & Noises is officially up and running, we can tell you when you can get your first look at the project that we’re working on to get the charity off to a winning start. We’re going to perform a staged excerpt of The Ubiquitous Woman at the Jerwood Space in in Southwark on 10 November. It’s a chance for us to try out our new piece and for those who want to support the piece to its completion to see what they’re investing in. Anyone is welcome to come and see what we’ve been working on and get a first look at this absurdist comedy-satire. If you’d like to come along on 10 Nov, get in touch via social media or drop us a line at email@example.com.
Last week we began the exciting process of creating The Ubiquitous Woman. In a day-long workshop we explored the musical language being created by Martin Ward to complement Di Sherlock‘s libretto. In addition to these two key creatives, baritone Damian Thantrey and tenor Michael Peavoy joined us to take the roles of Tony, Sabine’s husband and Theo, her lover. New Notes & Noises was represented by Libby Burgess (piano) and Clare McCaldin (mezzo), who sang Sabine.
Following our day of singing and discussion, Martin and Di have revisions and additional sections to write which will form a 20-minute section to be rehearsed and performed as work-in-progress later this year. The story of The Ubiquitous Woman presents specific technical challenges for both music and production because the narrative hinges on the central character’s ability to clone herself. Further workshop days will include preliminary ideas from our designer Andie Scott demonstrating how this will work.
New Notes & Noises is a brand new charity dedicated to supporting high-quality performances of new work and multi-disciplinary collaboration.
We are delighted to confirm our Board of Trustees and will soon be able to bring you news of our first project.
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