So pleased to have a residency period for my new project (in development with Sound and Music, New Voices) at Snape Maltings, Aldborough, leading to their annual Festival of New. Working with some amazing artists and voices on this - lots of details coming soon...
It was great to write the music for this new 3 part series for BBC Radio 4, on the life and writings of Wordsworth. Featuring the brilliant Abi Vuillamy on Viola, presented by Prof Jonathan Bate, with readings by Simon Russell Beale and produced by amazing Beaty Rubens.
Broadcast January-February 2020. Available now on iplayer:https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000dqfg
'New Voices' with Sound and Music. I'm really excited to be able to develop a new project and expand ways of working over the next 2 years as one of 8 composers selected for this programme. New Voices is Sound and Music’s artist development programme that supports composers at pivotal stages of their careers to explore new ideas, new sounds and new music.
Accompanied by a Women's Duet and a Chorus of Trolls, Mary Beard uncovers the deliberately concealed story of two Victorian sisters who wrote an iconic Latin text-book, setting it against the ugly 19th and early 20th century opposition to women’s Higher Education and the abuse of clever women today
Strikingly original high-fibre fun, with Victorian verses - Latin and English - set to specially commissioned music by composer Emily Levy, and performed in the Radio Theatre
Interview with Sean Rafferty on In Tune BBC R3, 18/09/17 to promote the premiere of 'The Rain is Coming'. We chatted about the genesis of the project and writting for the voice - including writing for Voice Vocal Trio and an except of 'How Sweetly You Burn' from their album 'Patterns of Love'. And thanks to a last minute change of plans we were able to feature an excerpt from the cycle live. Listen here to the second song from cycle 'What Kind of Moon is This?' performed by Roderick Williams and Gary Matthewman
A contemporary response to Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, told from a female perspective The Rain Is Coming will be performed by British baritone Roderick Williams, OBE. Created by composer Emily Levy and writer Rommi Smith this collaboration addresses the gender imbalance in the romantic song concert repertoire: reversing traditional gender roles and giving voice to the Miller’s daughter and her desire for freedom.