Héloïse Werner on a live collaboration with other composers and performers

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We will be spaced across the room and play with this use of space through the music we create. The audience will be surrounded by our sounds in all kinds of ways. Kit will be in the organ gallery, Colin on the main stage in front of the organ on the other side of the room, while I will play on the middle stage, facing the audience who will be arranged around me in Semi circle. We will each play about 20 minutes of solo music that we have written over the past year. Kit and I are also cellists – my first role is as soprano – and have created three short cello trios with Colin. You can never have enough cellos!

In addition to performing our own works, we are collaborating with five of our favorite artists to create five new voice-organ-cello trios. Shiva Feshareki, Errollyn Wallen, Jonathan Cole, Love Ssega and Jasmin Kent Rodgman have provided us with new texts and poems which will form the basis of these new works. It is a huge honor to have them on board, each bringing something unique, unexpected and brilliant to the program.

There are several reasons behind the idea of ​​commissioning texts rather than more conventional fully graded works. First, we wanted composers to have complete freedom over the material they provide to us. The file indicated that they could write anything they wanted – from poems to more educational plays, whatever they felt like doing at the time – perhaps consciously or unconsciously as they reflected on last year. and the return of live music. We would then respond freely to these texts, leaving us a certain creative freedom and encouraging to use the space and distance between the audience and the performers in an adventurous way.

Secondly, the collaborative aspect of these new pieces, with the contribution of both composers and performers, is really important. Normally I would already be very excited to bring five new works to life, but it’s very special now, after the year we’ve all been through. Collaboration is at the heart of my practice and something that I have missed tremendously over the past year. You learn so much by collaborating with other artists, and collaborating with artists you admire and aspire to is a dream come true. [Héloïse Werner pictured right by Emma Werner]

The intrinsic openness of the texts made possible the collaboration with the composers, Kit and Colin, despite the limits of confinement. These new works allowed Colin, Kit and I, in isolation, to imagine and create personal and unique sound universes in response to the words of the composers. The rehearsals will see these micro-worlds merge and find a unified form. The magic can then really happen in the performance when all of these ideas are merged and juxtaposed at the ends of the glowing acoustics of St John’s Smith Square.

Both as a performer and as an audience member, I missed the thrill of being in a venue with a live audience so much. During a live performance, something unique happens at that precise moment, with a certain group of people gathered in the same space. This feeling is the one I’ve been craving for months and I’m already smiling in anticipation.

Atmospheric, daring, surprising, heartwarming, bizarre, beautiful, open, uplifting, free were perhaps the first words that came to my mind when thinking of the kind of concert I would like to give after confinement. So I hope our concert will be a part of it, if not all of it! It is a real privilege to be able to work with these artists and to set up this event full of new music, produced in a unique way.


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