Classical & Jazz Concerts

Pinner Parish Church

October 2018 - April 2019

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'Mary's Hand' Music Theatre (Bussey/Sherlock)

Saturday 27th April 2019, 7:30pm

Pinner Parish Church

Clare McCaldin (mezzo-soprano) & Trio.

Mary Tudor tells her story in a game of cards - you choose!

Mary’s Hand is a new music theatre project about the life and reign of Queen Mary I. 

It’s a little-known fact that Mary loved to play games of chance. Over a game – in which the audience gets to choose the next card to be turned – Mary reflects upon the influences and events in her life: her father Henry VIII, her mother Katherine of Aragon, her Catholic faith, as well as the perceived causes of her troubles; her half-brother Edward VI, half-sister Elizabeth I, the ever-stronger Protestant faith, and her desperate desire for a child. Above all, Mary was driven by the wish to be a good monarch and her deep conviction that she needed to restore England to to the Church of Rome. Her marriage to the Catholic Philip of Spain promised to resolve many of these issues at a stroke, but Mary had played her cards badly and paid a high public and personal price. 

With words by Di Sherlock and music by Martin Bussey, Mary’s Hand is performed by solo mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin and is scored for 'cello, trumpet and oboe doubling cor anglais. The first performances of Mary’s Hand will be in the summer of 2018. 

Clare McCaldin initially trained as a linguist and had a life in advertising before becoming a professional singer. Since then she has built a diverse career spanning the opera stage and concert platform, including Salzburg Easter Festival, Royal Opera, BBC Proms, Radio 3, and Edinburgh International Festival. 

Clare is a great advocate of new music and has created roles in operas by Errollyn Wallen, and Stephen McNeff, and as a soloist in concert with Oliver Knussen, the Brodsky Quartet, and Iain Burnside. She is known for programming innovative recitals in partnership with Libby Burgess, Paul Turner and Andrew West. She has a significant solo discography: her debut disc, Stephen McNeff’s Madrigali dell’Estate, her recording of Hugh Wood’s Laurie Lee Songs and her most recent disc, Notes from the Asylum, all won four stars from BBC Music Magazine. 

Mary’s Hand is the fourth solo work Clare has produced through her company, McCaldin Arts. her previous successes are Haydn's London Ladies, Over My Shoulder (about Elisabeth Schumann and Jessie Matthews) and the critically acclaimed Vivienne (about the first wife of TS Eliot).

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