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