News for Spring/Summer 2018 – Royal Opera, Jazz, Bach and more!
The coming singing season is full of wonderful new challenges and a wide variety of creative projects to tell you about.
From March 27th 2018 I will be singing the role of Miss Spink in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new opera ‘Coraline’ for the Royal Opera. The production will be staged at the Barbican for a run of nine shows until the 7th of April. It’s always a thrill to be a part of a brand new creation, and the vivid designs for this show (not to mention the wonderful cast!) will bring Turnage’s fabulous score to life in an unmissable theatrical experience. Show and Ticket details can be found here.
A welcome revival of my Words-and-Music piece ‘Debussy And His Muse’ will be a part of the ‘University of Sheffield Concerts’ programme as part of La Belle Époque French Weekend on Saturday, March 10th, 2018. A true piece of theatre with my own original script and songs by Debussy and his contemporaries, the production was first presented at Wilton’s Music Hall in April, 2015. See photos here and a link for Tickets and Event Details here.
One of my most exciting and rewarding projects in recent months has been the launch of my Bach Cantatas for Soprano Solo series with Armonico Consort on Signum Records. Volume I was released last year and received critical acclaim in the press. Gramophone magazine said of Cantata BWV 210 “This could be made for Gillian Keith as she traverses the filigree with seasoned panache and always gloriously instinctive textual nuancing.” I’m excited to present this programme of cantatas with Armonico Consort at London’s beautiful and historic St John’s Smith Square on Monday, April 16th, 2018. Tickets and Event Information can be found here.
My personal tastes in music don’t just rest within the realm of classical and opera… I am just as likely to have rock, pop or jazz on my iPod as I am to be listening to a cantata or a concerto. And that’s why I’m so excited to be preparing for an evening of jazz and cabaret at Pizza Express Live’s Chelsea venue, The Pheasantry on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018. My show is called ‘Wonder Women’ with repertoire that looks back over several decades of some of the most celebrated female singer-songwriters that have inspired and changed the course of folk, country, cabaret and jazz music. Featuring music by queens of song such as Judy Garland, Mavis Staples, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Ella Fitzgerald, it’s a diverse and satisfying set list that I hope will thrill the crowd! This will be an evening of good food, good fun and fabulous musical performances from my cabaret colleagues. Find out how to buy your tickets here.
Other dates in the calendar for spring are April 29th, 2018 when I will be singing Alexander’s Feast by Handel with the Cranbrook Choral Society, and May 10, 11 and 12 when I will be performing Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell and Telemann cantatas with Armonico Consort at the Felicja Blumental Festival in Tel Aviv. On June 17th, 2018 I will be part of a fabulous lineup in a celebration of songs by Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel at The Pheasantry, and August sees a return to the Dartington Summer Music School and Festival where I will be teaching and performing alongside my incredibly talented colleague and partner, Tom Randle, between August 4th-11th. As part of the Dartington programme we are presenting Tom’s ‘Los Nacimientos’ with the fabulous Joanna MacGregor at the piano and in collaboration with dotdotdotdance. Other performances during the week include Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Tom and I sharing the role of Evangelist, and a fun-filled evening of American songs and Broadway hits.
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