Projects & Calendar

We Ask These Questions of Everybody

Jan 2021, contemporary opera based on a PIP assessment

I'm delighted to be working with HERA and  composer Amble Skuse on the opera "We Ask These Questions Of Everybody". They describe it best:

 

Hannah needs help. She meets Lynn. Lynn works for a company that works for the Department of Work and Pensions. An assessment takes place. And then something else.

 

This is an encounter between two women, an audience, and a riotous chorus of disabled voices. With text drawn from real conversations; samples, soundscapes and singing; and interactive software; WE ASK THESE QUESTIONS OF EVERYBODY shares radical, surprising and utopian disabled perspectives on self, society and the body.

 

This is a 50-minute live and digital operatic event sharing disabled people’s experiences under austerity in the UK, performed by an exceptional cross-genre, all-disabled ensemble.

Watch! Stream luntil 28th Feb: https://watqoe.web.app/

More info here: https://www.wearehera.co.uk/we-ask-these-questions

Electroharp, drums & voice project

Grooves, loops & songs with Paul Rademeyer

I've sung with the harp for a long time, using my acoustic harp to make an entire world for my audience. Playing an electroharp gives me the volume and scope to play with a drummer, opening up many new sonic possibilities and places to play. It's a trip to the pop, blues and jazz side of things, with a few favourite folk songs thrown in for good measure. We're also starting to use a loop pedal to get more out of the harp. No recordings yet but plans being hatched..

First Folio

English dance music reimaging with Matt Coatsworth

First Folio was created by Matt and I from a shared love of improvisation and early English dance tunes. I love fiddle and harp as a combination and we have lots of scope to explore. Have a listen to our first EP, Duchess via bandcamp below.

https://www.firstfoliomusic.com/