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Poet in the City Presents: Emily Dickinson – Copland Settings

Claire Booth sings Aaron Copland’s settings

Sat 9 Jun 2018

Poet in the City Presents: Emily Dickinson – Copland Settings

Claire Booth sings Aaron Copland’s settings

Copland Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
Claire Booth soprano
Christopher Glynn piano

This recital will interleave the indelible poetry of Emily Dickinson with Copland’s jewel-like settings, sung by acclaimed soprano Claire Booth with pianist Christopher Glynn, with an introduction from former opera singer and poet Richard Scott and performances from actor Anna Madeley.

Emily Dickinson’s tender, rhythmic poems have been set to music by countless composers and songwriters from Eric Whitacre to Natalie Merchant. Aaron Copland’s wonderfully varied 12 poems of Emily Dickinson hone in on some of Dickinson’s most intuitively musical works. Experience the settings live as we celebrate the verses which have become a model catalogue of Dickinson’s poems attracting musicians from across the globe.

British soprano Claire Booth has become internationally renowned for the vitality and musicianship that she brings to the stage. Last season Claire returned to the Aldeburgh Festival for a revival of David Pountney’s production of La voix humaine, which won critical acclaim when performed with WNO in 2016. With a growing reputation in contemporary repertoire, highlights earlier this season include performances of Oliver Knussen’s Songs for Sue and Ryan Wigglesworth Augenlieder in Porto, Portugal.

Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist working with leading singers, musicians and ensembles throughout the world. He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around 60 events each year in the many beautiful and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire. Described by The Times as having ‘beauties and insights aplenty’ and praised in Gramophone for his ‘breathtaking sensitivity’, Chris has performed with singers including Sir Thomas Allen, John Mark Ainsley, Sophie Bevan, Claire Booth, and many more.

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN ReviewSwimmers, The Poetry of Sex (Penguin) and Butt Magazine. He has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry Mentee and a member of the Aldeburgh 8. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem ‘crocodile’ won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. Soho (Faber & Faber) is his first book.

Anna Madeley trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. This year she can be seen in Sky/Showtime’s new drama Patrick Melrose starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, The Little Stranger directed by Lenny Abrahamson and The Mercy directed by James Marsh. Late 2017 she appeared in The Child In Time for the BBC and she can be seen on Netflix resuming her role as Clarissa Eden in series two of The Crown. She has worked extensively in theatre, most recently in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Young Vic and twice for award-winning director Yael Farber in her productions of The Crucible at the Old Vic and Les Blancs at the RNT. Other screen work includes the film Affinity (winner of Best Actress at Nymphe d’Or), Mr. Selfridge, The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Anya in C4’s cult Utopia, Secret State with Gabriel Byrne, Brideshead Revisited and Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges.

Date:Sat 9 Jun 2018
Start time:4pm (Doors: 3.30pm)
Venue:Hall Two

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