London première by The Clerks

Congratulations to the acclaimed early music vocal group, The Clerks, on their recitals at the Kings Place Festival in London on Sunday.

Kings Place Festival, London

Kings Place Festival, London

I was particularly moved by their performances of the two ‘contrafacta’ I had written for them as part of their new project, The Clerks Songbook.

For this project, The Clerks have been commissioning contemporary poets, including Ian McMillan, Ian Duhig, and me, to write contrafacta, i.e. new words to old, Renaissance melodies.

It was fabulous to hear these old old songs being brought to life again in such a modern setting. (Kings Place only opened last year, and as well as being a cutting-edge arts centre, it’s also the home of the Guardian and Observer newspapers.)

Kings Place, London, creative centre and home of the Guardian and Observer

Kings Place, London, creative centre and home of the Guardian and Observer

The Clerks’ recitals also included a new work by composer Christopher Fox, whom it was a pleasure to meet – especially as my husband Mike (and the choir he was in) had sung a piece they had commissioned from him some years ago.

With The Clerks director Edward Wickham and composer Christopher Fox

With The Clerks director Edward Wickham and composer Christopher Fox

I wish The Clerks well with their future Clerks Songbook recitals, and look forward to hearing some of their other repertoire when they come up to York to perform at The National Centre for Early Music on 31 October, preceded by an afternoon singers’ workshop at the beautiful St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel (where, of course,  I too have performed). Do come along …

Anneliese Emmans Dean – info@theBigBuzz.bizwww.theBigBuzz.biz

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