Summer shows

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Hi internet world! Here’s what I’m up to in the next few weeks, in case anyone’s interested:

On Sunday, I’m off to Snape Maltings for a week to write my second solo show with some amazing people – I’m both terrified and very very excited! The show will explore themes linked to language, memory and identity. Octavia Bright is writing the words & I’m writing the music + performing it (eventually) – mainly voice & cello. Cellist / composer Zoë Martlew will be my mentor during the Snape Residency and Jessie Rodger will create visuals for the show. We’ll be doing a work-in-progress performance on 8 July in Snape Maltings, 6pm – you are all welcome to come! Tickets HERE.

Week after that, my quartet The Hermes Experiment is doing a Nonclassical night in Dalston on 12 Juy, curated by composer Freya Waley-Cohen. Our sets will feature Freya’s song cycle We Phoenician Sailors on poems by Octavia Bright (which we premiered last November at new dots) as well as works by Josephine Stephenson, Darren Bloom and Meredith Monk. I’ll also perform Aperghis’ Recitation N.9 for solo voice. Tickets HERE.

13-14 July: I’ll be in Berlin recording with SHARDS for Nils Frahm’s upcoming album.

15 July – very excited about this one: film composer David Julyan and I have been writing music together in the past weeks and we’re doing our first gig at my favourite London venue, the Union Chapel; him on synths & me on vocals/cello. Midday at the lovely Daylight Music event – more details HERE.

After that, I’ll be doing 5 festivals:

23 July: Nozstock Festival (in Herefordshire)- performing Scenes from the end, a one-woman opera about grief by Jonathan Woolgar, which I premiered last year in London & Edinburgh – more details HERE and HERE

28 & 29 July : Fishguard International Music Festival (in Wales) with my quartet The Hermes Experiment, performing works by Meredith Monk, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Emily Hall, Gareth Wood & more – tickets HERE

30 July: Port Eliot Festival (in Cornwall), performing in Darren Berry’s new opera The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow – more details HERE

6 August: Wilderness Festival (in Oxfordshire) – celloing with the Wilderness Orchestra. The Orchestra will be joined by artists including Laura Mvula, Will Young and Liane Carroll – more details HERE

11 August: Tête à Tête Opera Festival (in London!) – my quartet The Hermes Experiment is reviving their production of The Winter’s Tale. I’ll be singing + playing Perdita. Tickets HERE

Finally, on 1 August, I’ll be also be playing with The Amazing Devil at Gerry’s Club in Soho & on 2nd August, singing with Philharmonia Voices at BBC Proms.

 

That’s it for now! Thanks for reading and hopefully see you at something! Héloïse x

 

LSO Soundhub

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Super excited to give the 2nd performance of Glynde for solo voice by Ewan Campbell at LSO St Luke’s on 27 May at the LSO Soundhub Associate concert (tickets here). I premiered the piece at Blackheath Halls earlier this year and the score looks like this…

 

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RPS Music Awards

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been shortlisted for a RPS Music Award 2017 in association with BBC Radio 3, in the Young Artist category, along with conductors Andrew Gourlay & Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and pianist Joseph Middleton.

The annual RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Awards, in thirteen categories, are decided by independent panels consisting of some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners. The awards honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations. The list of previous winners reads like a Who’s Who of classical music. This year’s RPS Music Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in 2016.

The Awards Ceremony will be on 9 May!

www.rpsmusicawards.com

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March events

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Hi internet world! here’s what I’m up to next month … particuarly looking forward to my trips to TALLINN and BERLIN hehehe. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at something!! Héloïse x

4 March: I’m performing at The Bowes Museum (near Durham) with baritone Oskar McCarthy and pianist Mark Austin. The concert is entitled “Music and the Allure of Napoleon” and is organised by musicologist Dr Katherine Hambridge. What did music mean for Napoleon and those living under his rule? Was it entertainment, escapism or propaganda? More info HERE

7 March: I’m thrilled and honoured to be in the Final of the Trinity Laban Soloists’ Competition – Great Hall, Bleackheath Halls, 7.30pm

My programme is as follows:

Debussy, Yniold’s aria from Pélleas et Mélisande

Berg, 5 Orchesterlieder op.4

Stravinsky, 3 Japanese Lyrics

accompanied by the wonderful Imma Setiadi

More info HERE

10 March: Cello/vocals with The Amazing Devil at The Crowndale, London – presented by Camden Rocks – More info HERE

23-26 March: trip to Berliiiiiiiiin with SHARDS recording some music with some really wonderful artists… I can’t wait. More info TBA.

28 March: performing Clara Schumann’s Rückert-Lieder with pianist Ksenija Laskova at The Old Royal Naval Chapel College, 1.05pm as part of the Schumann Festival curated by Eugene Asti at Trinity Laban. More info HERE

30-31 March: trip to Estonia with my quartet The Hermes Experiment! We are very excited to be performing at Tallinn Music Week, representing record label Nonclassical – More info HERE

Finally, I’m also taking part in workshops for a new musical/punk opera throughout March – it’s all very exciting and so much fun – more TBA in due course!

 

Latest Hermes news

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Lots happening with my contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment in the next few weeks 🙂

NEXT WEEK:

Tues 14 Feb

-Composers’ Workshop, Faculty of Music, Cambridge – details here
-Recital at Newnham College, Cambridge, 7.30pm – details here

Thurs 16  Feb

Kings Place, Hall Two, 8pm – tickets here

To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolutions, we have collated a programme of musical responses to these historic turning points, featuring works by major Russian composers of the early 20th century alongside three especially commissioned pieces by contemporary composers – Emily Hall, Joel Rust and Timothy Salter.
Our debut performance at Kings Place will also include our own response to the revolutionary theme with free improvisation, a new piece inspired by the early electronics of the Russian avant-garde devised in collaboration with Jethro Cooke, a graphic score by Deborah Pritchard (based on a Kandinsky painting) and new arrangements of works by Mosolov, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.
We are extremely grateful to have received funding from the Oleg Prokofiev Trust, RVW Trust and Arts Council England in support of this project.

Poster by my amazing lil sister Emma Werner:

 

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MARCH:

We are delighted to announce that we will be performing at Tallinn Music Week, Estonia, on 31 March. We are one of the chosen artists to represent Nonclassical at this wonderful festival. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

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Arts Council Funding

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I’m delighted that my contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment has just been awarded another grant from the Arts Council England, this time to support our Russian programme which we are premiering at Kings Place on 16 February. The project is also supported by the RVW Trust and the Oleg Prokofiev Trust. The programme will feature new commissions by Emily Hall, Timothy Salter and Joel Rust, a new devised piece with Jethro Cooke and brand new arrangements of works by Prokofiev, Mosolov and Rachmaninoff (all written by Hermes members)! You can get tickets HERE  – hope you can make it x

January events

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19/01: Soloist Competition Semi-Final

Semi-Finalist in the Trinity Laban Soloist Competition

Great Hall, Bleackheath Halls

Berg, 5 Orchesterlieder op.4

Stravinsky, 3 Japanese Lyrics 

Debussy, Yniold’s aria from Pélleas et Mélisande

accompanied by Imma Setiadi

20/01: Rambert Connects

The Hermes Experiment

Rambert, Southbank

Rambert Connects – a new initiative with the aim of bringing composers and choreographers together to share their work.

Performing works by Anna Appleby and Deborah Pritchard.

22/01: Composers’ Workshop – PRS for Music

Guest speaker for panel discussion on score writing and working with performers

PRS for Music, 2 Pancras Square, London, 11.15am

27/01: Showcase Series Recital

Recital Room, Blackheath Halls, 6pm

Soprano Héloïse Werner presents of programme of works written for unaccompanied solo voice by living composers, including George Aperghis, Jonathan Woolgar, Ben Gaunt, Ewan Campbell*, Henry Palmer*, as well as her own compositions. The programme will also feature award-winning guitarist Laura Snowden, playing new pieces for solo guitar by Philip Cashian and herself, and will culminate in a final set with Laura and Héloïse performing together.

*world premieres

As part of the Trinity Showcase Series

Admission free but ticketed – reserve here

The Winter’s Tale – reviews

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We had a wonderful time performing our Winter’s Tale to a sold-out Cockpit Theatre last week. The project was generously supported by Aldeburgh Music, Arts Council England, the RVW Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation and Britten-Pears Foundation. Some photos are available on our facebook page HERE and below are some lovely reviews (videos to follow!).

★★★★½ “groundbreaking” The Reviews Hub full review HERE

★★★★ “wonderfully appropriate and left me with a nice warm feeling as I departed the theatre” London Theatre 1 – full review HERE

★★★★ “The musicians were excellent” Everything Theatre – full review HERE

“I was (…) delighted to have been there” Boulezian – full review HERE

“makes this production so successful (…) resourceful and inventive” The CUSP Magazinefull review HERE

“Hopefully, this viewing of The Winter’s Tale won’t be the last. The Hermes Experiment is an ensemble that seems to tirelessly look forward, and reimagining Shakespeare in this way is an exciting trend to start” Schmopera – full review HERE

“This was a most impressive production that gripped the capacity audience from beginning to end” Andrew Benson-Wilson – full review HERE

Scenes from the End – London run reviews

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Below are a few quotes / reviews from my London run of Scenes from the End written by Jonathan Woolgar and directed by Emily Burns:

“sombre and powerful, it’s a tour de force for its sole performer, the 25-year-old soprano Héloïse Werner, a rising figure on the contemporary music scene. (…) she makes great use of her considerable vocal and acting range (…) Like the soprano Cathy Berberian, whose vocal acrobatics and theatrical prowess fascinated Luciano Berio, Werner must have been a pleasure to write for.” ★★★★ The Stage  Full review HERE

“Werner delivers a striking vocal performance that oscillates between pure, perfect musical notation, guttural cries of misery and mantra-like chanting” ★★★★ London City Nights Full review HERE

“sublime soprano Heloise Werner (…) This is a production of rewarding complexity and beauty, showcasing the brilliance of Miss Werner and Mr Woolgar. Scenes from the End is your opportunity to follow these talents forwards from here.” ★★★★ London Theatre 1 Full review HERE

“With extraordinary skill, Werner morphed into countless people, some of them archetypes, and some who felt specific and familiar. Her voice holds huge power and broad options; though it was entirely enmeshed in what we saw, Werner’s singing left a deep impression. (…) Scenes from the End is a dense, exhaustive evening, beautifully wrapped in a clean, mobile performance” Schmopera Full review HERE

“Héloïse Werner had captivating stage presence as the opera’s anonymous protagonist. (…) Werner used her versatile voice creatively, displaying consistent flair in operatic, avant-garde and bluesy styles. She is surely one of the most exciting young sopranos emerging in the industry.” The Cusp Magazine Full review HERE

“Werner puts body and soul into her performance, and is a name to watch. Stunning.” Fairy Powered Productions Full review HERE

“Werner’s impassioned and masterful performance (…) superbly performed” The Upcoming Full review HERE

“using impressive range of her vocal and acting skills” UK Theatre Network Full review HERE

 

 

 

The Winter’s Tale

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We are so excited to be premiering our interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale on Tuesday 13 December at The Cockpit, London. We developed the work during an Aldeburgh Music Residency in September. Reducing the play to an hour’s duration in collaboration with director Nina Brazier, composer Kim Ashton and five actors, we (The Hermes Experiment) become integrated into the drama alongside our wonderful group of actors, to create a wholly new interpretation of the play.

Tickets are now on sale here and our first bit of press coverage, from the online magazine Culture Whisper is here.

For this project, we are thrilled to receive support from Aldeburgh Music, Arts Council England, the RVW Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation and Britten-Pears Foundation.

Below is our brand new trailer and poster for the event – hope to see you there!

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Scenes from the End – London run

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After successful runs at the Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Scenes from the End returns to London for a run at the Tristan Bates Theatre this December. Tickets are available here.

 

RECENT PRESS: 

“The ten hottest tickets in town” Evening Standard

“extraordinary” Classic FM

INTERVIEWS

Evening Standard interview here

London Live interview here

Resonance FM interview here

Wandsworth Radio interview here

Schmopera interview here

LaLaLa records interview here

Music Musings and Such interview here

REVIEWS

“Scenes From the End. A powerful solo opera performed with precise movement & subtle acting by the virtuosic Héloïse Werner” ★★★★ Fringe Biscuit

“Exceptional and breathtaking” ★★★★★ Mumble

“It really is hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck stuff, and her wonderfully expressive face means that 45 minutes of operatic singing remains engaging (…) It is undeniable that Werner has immense talent” ★★★★ Edfringe review 

“Werner’s well-supported voice is powerful, it’s quality sweet and clear (…) remarkable vocal range. Impressive too was her agility, switching from a fragmented spoken to sung language.” Thoroughly Good

“Werner moves on to explore so brilliantly the human apathy that we have for our own life (…) putting you at ease with her theatrical charm. (…) wholly eye opening” ★★★★ The Metropolist

“powerful and thought provoking (…) incredibly strong voice, haunting stage presence and overwhelming physicality” A Younger Theatre

“arresting and very powerful” (…) Heloise’s voice has a piercing clarity and depth, one moment beautiful, the next visceral and freighted with distress.” The Cross-Eyed Pianist

“remarkable, with some exquisite acting, singing, speaking and physical theatre” Andrew Benson-Wilson

“This (…) sees Héloïse Werner display extraordinary uses of the human voice with great versatility (…) well-acted, quirky and charming production” ★★★★ London Theatre 1

“Heloise Werner is an extraordinary performer, combining a versatile and powerful operatic voice, with the expressive theatricality of mime and movement. Through fractured fragments of percussional sounds and the words of Shakespeare and Eliot for literary insight, it is the sparse minimalism of this one woman Opera, which creates a pure, profound interpretation of human emotion – the raw sense of grief and loss.” Vivien Devlin

 

Resonance FM Interview

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Hello! The live interview I did on Resonance FM “The Opera Hour” last month is now available on mixcloud here. Feel free to give it a listen (37′ onwards) – I’m discussing Scenes from the End, which I’ll be performing again in December at Tristan Bates Theatre (more info here).

new dots Playlist

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I’ve made a little playlist for the lovely people at new dots – you can take a look HERE. (My quartet The Hermes Experiment will be working with new dots in November).

Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to discover and perform lots of amazing music, new and old (mostly new!) and so when compiling this playlist, I thought it would be interesting to talk about pieces and composers that I’ve discovered through performance that have really stayed with me. I always find that there’s something very special about discovering an artist or piece of music through performing, and then ending up listening to their music or the piece on repeat on your iPod afterwards! This playlist also outlines some of my current musical interests: vocal music as drama, the use of vocal effects, and minimalism.

Hope you enjoy and discover some new composers / artists!

Heloise x

 

Scenes From The End – reviews & videos

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You can watch back my London Live interview here and my Evening Standard interview here.

CAMDEN & EDINBURGH PRESS

“The ten hottest tickets in town” Evening Standard

“extraordinary” Classic FM

“Scenes From the End. A powerful solo opera performed with precise movement & subtle acting by the virtuosic Héloïse Werner” ★★★★ Fringe Biscuit

“Exceptional and breathtaking” ★★★★★ Mumble

“It really is hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck stuff, and her wonderfully expressive face means that 45 minutes of operatic singing remains engaging (…) It is undeniable that Werner has immense talent” ★★★★ Edfringe review 

“Werner’s well-supported voice is powerful, it’s quality sweet and clear (…) remarkable vocal range. Impressive too was her agility, switching from a fragmented spoken to sung language.” Thoroughly Good

“Werner moves on to explore so brilliantly the human apathy that we have for our own life (…) putting you at ease with her theatrical charm. (…) wholly eye opening” ★★★★ The Metropolist

“powerful and thought provoking (…) incredibly strong voice, haunting stage presence and overwhelming physicality” A Younger Theatre

“arresting and very powerful” (…) Heloise’s voice has a piercing clarity and depth, one moment beautiful, the next visceral and freighted with distress.”The Cross-Eyed Pianist

“remarkable, with some exquisite acting, singing, speaking and physical theatre” Andrew Benson-Wilson

“This (…) sees Héloïse Werner display extraordinary uses of the human voice with great versatility (…) well-acted, quirky and charming production” ★★★★ London Theatre 1

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2016 – news

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Some nice bits of summer news…

 

KOMMILITONEN!

I’ve spent most of July in sunny Cardiff rehearsing for & performing in this year’s WNO Youth Opera production of Kommilitonen! (music by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies & libretto by David Poutney). I’m still reeling from it all and feel so lucky to have been part of such an amazing production. We’ve had some fantastic reviews which you can read here: 5 stars in The Guardian, 4 stars in The Times, and a really lovely write-up in Wales Arts Review.

 

SCENES FROM THE END

I’m now looking forward to performing Scenes from the End, a new one-woman opera / solo show about grief, written for me by the amazing Jonathan Woolgar and directed by Emily Burns. Classic FM recently featured a video about it on their Facebook Page, which has been viewed 166K times (!) – it’s so great to see that new music has reached so many people!! I’m doing 2 London shows as part of the Camden Fringe – opening night has sold out but there are still a few tickets left for the 11th. I’m then heading to Edinburgh Fringe, performing 22nd-27th. Would be great to see you there!

 

THE HERMES EXPERIMENT

So excited to announce that we have secured Arts Council Funding for our upcoming Winter’s Tale project at Aldeburgh Music. We’ve now cast almost all our actors (Louisa Hollway, Sadie Parsons, William McGeough & Finlay Cormack) and I cannot wait for our residency in September!

 

THE COACH HOUSE COMPANY

We’ve just finished recording our 2nd EP Maiden Tales – it’s being mastered at the moment and I cannot wait to share it with you all soon. EP Launch will take place on 25 September at The 100 Club in Soho.

 

THE AMAZING DEVIL

I’ve recently joined The Amazing Devil (on cello + backing vocals) and their debut album LOVE RUN + single & album launch gigs have just received some lovely reviews in Folk Radio UK, Tribune & For Folk’s Sake. You can watch our first video KING here & buy the album here.

 

More soon… Thanks for reading!! Héloïse xxx

Winter’s Tale – ACE Funding

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I’m really pleased to announce that my contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment has secured Arts Council England funding for our upcoming ‘Winter’s Tale’ project in the autumn. This is in addition to our existing funding from the Hinrichsen Foundation, the RVW Trust, and the Britten-Pears Foundation. We are extremely grateful to all these sources.

The project officially begins with a residency at Aldeburgh Music in early September, during which we will develop our new interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless play. Reducing the play to an hour’s duration in collaboration with director Nina Brazier and composer Kim Ashton, the quartet of musicians will become part of the drama alongside a group of actors. An Open Session will explore the progress we make during the residency, and is a chance to take constructive feedback from a local audience.

Actors auditions have now taken place, and the full cast will be announced very soon. The first ‘official’ performance of our ‘The Winter’s Tale’ project is on Tuesday 13th December (19:30) at The Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone.

Show this summer + Hermes reviews

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Tickets for Scenes from the End at the Camden & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals this summer are now on sale!

Camden Fringe 10 & 11 August: www.camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=617

Edinburgh Fringe 22-27 August: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/scenes-from-the-end

Really hope you can join me!

(Edinburgh poster below).

 

In other news, here are some lovely reviews from our Hermes Experiment gig at Nonclassical last week:

The virtuosic skill of each member of the group was on display from the start, with a short piece of collective improvisation. Building in intensity, with dense harmonies always verging on dissonance, Werner’s ethereal voice blended beautifully with Pashley’s clarinet melody, before breaking into chaotic vocal effects and hand clapping over turbulent pizzicato bass, all finishing abruptly yet perfectly in sync” London Jazz News  //  full review HERE

” ever-strengthening set from the Hermes Experiment” – The Prickle  // full review HERE

 

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Wild Kat PR

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Very pleased to announce that I have joined Wild Kat PR! wildkatpr.com/news/blog/2016/04/28/welcoming-heloise-werner/

Wild Kat will be working on my solo show “Scenes from the End”, which will premiere this summer at the Camden & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and run at the Tristan Bates Theatre (Covent Garden) in December.

 

About Scenes from the End:

Young soprano has world on her shoulders as she explores themes of death and grief in contemporary one-woman opera.

Explosively expressive, yet deeply intimate – Scenes from the End is a tour de force showcase for performer Héloïse Werner.  Together with composer Jonathan Woolgar and director Emily Burns, Héloïse explores a multitude of genres and techniques to offer poignant and dramatic reflections on grief.

In three parts, Scenes from the End begins with the end of the universe, moves through the end of humanity, before finally addressing the end of the individual.  What is grief? How does society perceive death and grief, and how does this affect your own experience of grief? At times reserved and reflective, at times unashamedly direct, Scenes from the End challenges the audience to consider their own attitudes towards death and grief.

After a successful preview at the Tristan Bates Theatre in February 2016, Scenes from the End premieres this summer at the Camden & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and runs at the Tristan Bates Theatre in December 2016.

 

Jonathan Woolgar (composer)

Jonathan Woolgar is a composer. He is particularly interested in music as drama and music for the stage, and his work draws from a wide range of musical experience, aiming to engage every kind of listener.

Jonathan has had works performed at the Bridgewater Hall and the Royal Albert Hall by ensembles such as Manchester Camerata, Onyx Brass, Aurora Orchestra and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2010 he won the BBC Proms Young Composers’ Competition. His music has been recorded for commercial release by the choir of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, while he enjoys close associations with contemporary music ensembles The Hermes Experiment and Khymerikal. Jonathan is Composer in Residence at Eton College for 2015-17, and will be the Cambridge University Musical Society Composer in Residence for 2017.

Jonathan attended Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester from 2008-10, where he studied composition and conducting with Jeremy Pike and Gavin Wayte. From 2010-13 he read music at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge where he graduated with First Class Honours and studied composition with Giles Swayne, going on to study with David Sawer at the Royal Academy of Music.

Whilst currently based near London, Jonathan originally hails from Pontefract in West Yorkshire. He dabbles in piano and jazz saxophone, and his academic interests include opera and musical theatre.

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Emily Burns (director)

Emily Burns is a director who works in theatre and opera with a focus on naturalism and new writing in both. Most recently she has been at Opera North assisting on their award winning productions of Das Rheingold and Siegfried. Prior to that she was the assistant director on Chichester Festival Theatre’s productions of Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull. In addition to Scenes from the End, this summer she is directing comedian Liam Williams debut play, Travesty.

www.emily-burns.com

Park Lane Group concert reviews

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Lovely reviews from our Park Lane Group Young Artists concert at St John’s Smith Square last Tuesday in The TimesThe Observer, The Evening Standard and Seen and Hear International:

“The performance was meticulously nuanced, witty and chic.” **** The Times

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“This clever mix of instruments is more versatile than you might first think” **** The Observer

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“The combination of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass is not one you hear every day, but in the right hands it works brilliantly. The Hermes Experiment who sport this line-up have in a short few years commissioned prodigiously for it, opening a whole new expressive world” The Evening Standard

“soprano, Héloïse Werner really used the words performatively: not just their meaning but their sound. (…) Werner was not at all afraid to sound ugly when the text, literally, called for it: ‘Il est trop laid”  “Werner was called upon to imitate the train as well as sing: all carried off with a splendid sense of performance art.” Seen and Heard International (Mark Berry)

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SONIC VISIONS

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This Tuesday (16th Feb), my contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment presents SONIC VISIONS at The Forge, Camden, 8pm.

The Hermes Experiment will explore ways in which aural experiences have been influenced by visual stimuli. The programme will be led by new commissions that respond to a visual element, as interpreted by composers Kate Whitley and Soosan Lolavar. The concert will also include performances of new graphic scores and the premiere of an animation by Izabela Barszcz based on Ed Scolding’s Black Sea. The programme will be completed by arrangements that explore three very varied composers/songwriters that have been inspired by the world of visual art: Claude Debussy, Richard Rodney Bennett and Don McLean.

We will be repeating the programme at 22 Mansfield Street on 21 March and at the National Portrait Gallery on 6 May. Tickets for Tuesday are available here.

SONIC VISIONS is generously supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation the Hinrichsen Foundation, Britten-Pears Foundation and The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust.

 

 

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The Hermes Experiment – news

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The Hermes Experiment are delighted to announce that we have been offered a residency at the wonderful Aldeburgh Music in September 2016. We will be working on developing a new project with director Nina Brazier, composer Kim Ashton, and actors. This will be our biggest and broadest project so far, and ties in with the big Shakespeare 400th anniversary year. More details (including audition dates for actors) will be announced in the coming months!

 

In other news, tickets are now on sale for our next season concert SONIC VISIONS, taking place at The Forge (Camden) on 16 February; we will be premiering pieces by Kate Whitley & Soosan Lolavar as well as a new semi-improvised piece devised in collaboration with Giles Swayne. Full programme info & tickets available here.

 
Other Hermes upcoming events include:

Zero Wave on 19 January

Bloomsbury Organ Day on 30 January (4pm)

SONIC VISIONS at 22 Mansfield Street on 21 March

PLG Young Artists Spring Series Recital at St John’s Smith Square on 19 April 

 

 

New solo show – next month

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I’m very excited to preview “Scene from the End” next month at Tristan Bates Theatre (Covent Garden). In short, it’s a new solo show about grief and it involves some singing and some acting… Tickets are on sale here (£6 advance / £8 door – and the theatre is small so I’d recommend booking early). Really hope to see you there!

Scenes from the End: A tour-de-force showcase for soprano Héloïse Werner. Using a colourful array of vocal and theatrical means, composer Jonathan Woolgar and director Roxana Haines paint historic, comic and tragic pictures of “the end”, from the heat-death of the universe to the end of an individual life. This is virtuoso music theatre on a scale that is both cosmic and intimate.

Performer: Héloïse Werner
Director: Roxana Haines
Composer: Jonathan Woolgar
Lighting Designer: Oliver Savidge

 

Poster design: Emma Werner

 

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The Hermes Experiment – news

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I am extremely pleased to announce that the RVW Trust, Britten-Pears Foundation,  Hinrichsen Foundation and The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust are all supporting The Hermes Experiment‘s current and upcoming projects:

The RVW Trust and the Britten-Pears Foundation are supporting our project METROPOLIS, which we premièred at The Cockpit Theatre two weeks ago – more dates for 2016 will be announce soon so stay tuned!
The Britten-Pears Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation and The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust will be supporting our concert SONIC VISIONS at The Forge, Camden on 16th February 2016, featuring new commissions by Kate Whitley, Soosan Lolavar and Giles Swayne.

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The Coach House Company’s Christmas Concert

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Christmas is approaching (slowly) but tickets are selling fast The Coach House Company‘s Christmas concert on 15th December at Rosslyn Hill Chapel (in Hampstead) – so if you don’t want to miss out on lots of lovely Christmas-themed folk, mulled wine and mince pies, get your tickets now (limited capacity): http://www.wegottickets.com/event/327616

 

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Scenes from the End

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I’m really excited to be performing Part I of my new solo show Scenes from the End at Zero Wave next month on Wednesday 4th November. More details about the event can be found here. I’ll then be doing full previews (all three parts) in February (01/02 at Tristan Bates Theatre and 07/02 at 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill) and festivals over the summer (watch this space for announcements!).

Scenes from the End: A tour-de-force showcase for soprano Héloïse Werner. Using a colourful array of vocal and theatrical means, composer Jonathan Woolgar and director Roxana Haines paint historic, comic and tragic pictures of “the end”, from the heat-death of the universe to the end of an individual life. This is virtuoso music theatre on a scale that is both cosmic and intimate.

 

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METROPOLIS

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Announcing our next season concert METROPOLIS:

The Hermes Experiment are joined by collaborators Stevie Wishart, Ewan Campbell and Jethro Cooke, to explore the sights and sounds of the city.Through new commissions, arrangements and free improvisation, the uncompromising metropolis will be seen by night and day, as a symbol of progress, destruction, light and dark.

Tuesday 27 October, 7.30pm at The Cockpit
Tickets available here: http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/metropolis

Supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation

 

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Mannequin – next week

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“Mannequin” by Maria Vatenina, a new video opera I’m singing in is on next week (28th & 29th July) at George Bernard Shaw Theatre, RADA as part of Tête à Tête Opera Festival. Tickets are available here: www.tete-a-tete.org.uk/mannequin/ Hope to see you there!

 

MANNEQUIN

A new opera by Maria Vatenina

De Montage Arts Collective

Héloïse Werner, soprano
William Cole, piano
Sue Lynch, saxophone
Ana Gasco Gomez, percussion

Animation, Izabela Barszcz
Costume Design, Eiko Yoshizumi
Additional Animation by Dayashini Pomphrey, Honza Topinka & Jacob Larys
Photography, Anna Barsukova

 

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New song released by The Coach House Company

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My folk band The Coach House Company has just released a new song called “Blackbird” – you can have a listen here:

Video by Lottie Kingslake
www. lottiekingslake.co.uk

Audio recorded at the Institute of Sound Recording at the University of Surrey
Sound engineer: Joe Stansfield

Written and performed by The Coach House Company
Maya Amin-Smith – vocals, violin
Colin Danskin – trumpet
Patrick Milne – guitar
Marianne Schofield – double bass
Héloïse Werner – vocals, cello
www.thecoachhousecompany.co.uk

The Coach House Company @ BUSH HALL

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We’re really excited to share a double bill with The Old Dance School at BUSH HALL on SUNDAY 7 JUNE. Tickets are available HERE.

In other news, we’ll be releasing a new music video before the end of the month, so watch this space!

May events

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Sunday 3rd, Philharmonia Voices, “Music For Armenia”, Royal Festival Hall

Thursday 7th, The Hermes Experiment, “Chamber Tots”, Wigmore Hall

Saturday 9th, Armonico Consort (solos), The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick

Tuesday 12th, The Hermes Experiment & Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Crypt on the Green

Wednesday 13th, Marie-Antoinette in The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow by Darren Berry, SKETCH

Saturday 16th, The Hermes Experiment, LFCCM, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

Thursday 28th, Philharmonia Voices, Debussy, La damoiselle élue, Royal Festival Hall

 

April Events

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Friday 3rd, Polyphony, St John Passion, St John’s Smith Square

Tuesday 7th, The Hermes Experiment presents ‘DREAMS’, Hackney Classical, The Russet

Thursday 16th, The Coach House Company, The Forge, Camden

Sunday 19th, The Hermes Experiment at Bastard Assignments, Asylum, Peckham

Tuesday 21st, The Temple Singers, Temple Church, London

Wednesday 22nd, New Music Concert at St Marylebone Parish Church (performing Jonathan Woolgar’s Six Dream Songs)

Thursday 23rd, Lunchtime Song Recital in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge (performing Aperghis, Berio, Messiaen, Woolgar)

Thursday 30th, Philharmonia Voices, Boris Godunov, Royal Festival Hall

 

February events

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-Wednesday 4th, The Hermes Experiment at The Forge, Camden, as part of ‘Wednesdays at the Forge’ (double bill with Olly Coates) www.wednesdaysattheforge.org.uk

-Sunday 8th, The Hermes Experiment at 20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill as part of ‘Later with Karl Lutchmayer’www.wegottickets.com/event/306279

-Monday 9th & Wednesday 11th, Recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios (cello)

-Thursday 12th, Philharmonia Voices at Royal Festival Hall – Ravel, L’enfant et les sortilèges www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/600/london/royal_festival_hall/12_february_2015/city_of_light_lenfant_et_les_sortileges

-Wednesday 18th, The Hermes Experiment at The Forge, Camden uk.patronbase.com/_Forge/Productions/EW/Performances

 

 

The Coach House Company – EP review

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Bright Young Folk reviewed our EP :

“Influences come thick and fast from the traditional folk core of jigs, reels, song and beyond into jazz and classical, while the vocal harmonies add a most impressive aspect to this collection”

“There are times when you hear a record and recognise that the musicians involved are revelling in the experience just as much as their audience. Listening to The Coach House Company EP is one of those.”

Read the full review here.

 

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Soundscapes – Jeremy Thurlow’s blog

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Jeremy Thurlow wrote a blog post about his new piece for The Hermes Experiment which will be premiered at LimeWharf on 15th November (“Soundscapes”) – read it here.

Marianne Schofield’s guest feature for Female Arts

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Marianne Schofield has written a guest feature for femalearts.com about being a woman, a bass player, and part of The Hermes Experiment. Read it here: http://femalearts.com/node/1515

All the Wild Folk

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Tickets for the next Coach House Company London gig are available here – Double bill with the excellent TEYR.

Poster design – Tommie Black-Roff

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The Hermes Experiment at the Wigmore Hall

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The Hermes Experiment have been selected to perform as part of  Wigmore Hall’s ’For Crying Out Loud’ concert series this season – performance date TBC soon. They have also be selected to join Wigmore Hall’s 2014-15 Chamber Tots project. The first workshop will take place on 11th November.