Admission Price: Free to attend; please book a place
Following Trump’s election, America’s global political and cultural influence is under intense appraisal. This collaboration between mezzo soprano Lucy Goddard, pianist Siwan Rhys and composers Laura Bowler and Christopher Mayo will survey American politics, society and culture from a British/Canadian perspective.
Surrounding the new commissions by Bowler and Mayo will be little known gems from the American experimental tradition. Lucy and Siwan will perform works by Charles Ives, John Cage, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Milton Babbitt, George Crumb, and two unpublished works by Morton Feldman, never previously performed in the UK. Interwoven into this American songbook will be extracts from Michael Finnissy’s rarely performed song cycle Whitman. The project is generously supported by the PRS for Music Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation, RVW Trust and Snape Maltings.
An alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music, Cambridge University and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Lucy Goddard has carved out a distinctive role as an interpreter of new music. She is a core member of EXAUDI vocal ensemble, and has performed in major festivals and venues, including Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Huddersfield, Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall, and participated in residencies at IRCAM, Royaumont and Aldeburgh. Lucy’s performance on Emily Howard’s NMC disc met critical acclaim: "Goddard shines in Emily Howard's Threnos… Performed with fire and precision." (BBC Music Magazine, 2016). She is also in demand in more conventional fare: opera appearances include Hänsel, Zerlina, Dorabella and Annio, and she has appeared as soloist for consorts such as the Academy of Ancient Music.
Pianist Siwan Rhys enjoys a varied career of solo, chamber, and ensemble playing, with a strong focus on contemporary music and collaboration with composers. She has played at prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and has recorded many times for television and radio. She has worked with ensembles such as Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Mahogany Opera Group, and London Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared at the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival amongst others. She is an honorary member of the Welsh Gorsedd of Bards and a 2017/18 St John's Smith Square Young Artist.