|Lucy Stevens in Kathleen Ferrier: Whattalife! - photo Geoff Broadway|
Kathleen Ferrier: Whattalife! is written by Lucy Stevens and Chris Baldwin (who also directs), and performed by Stevens with piano accompaniment from Guildhall School alumnus Elizabeth Marcus. The show follows Ferrier's career from her debut in 1940, through her meteoric rise to her early death from breast cancer in 1953. The show uses text from Ferrier's diaries and letters, interspersed with music from Ferrier's repertoire.
Part of Ferrier's mystique as an artist was the way that she combined a certain austerity (she only sang two operatic roles, the title role in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and Orfeo in Gluck Orfeo ed Eurydice) with a directness which meant that her recordings of folk-songs were enormously popular, and in person she could be great fun. So it is all the more surprising that this is the first such show to treat her life and work in this way. Catch Kathleen Ferrier: Whattalife! at Milton Court concert hall on 30 September.
Full information from the Barbican website.
Whattalife! from Geoff Broadway on Vimeo.
Further ahead the Guildhall School's Alumni Recital Series continues with a ‘Guitar Spectacular’ on 25 October, when the school welcomes back alumni Christina Schorn, Jørgen Skogmo, Erik Høsøien, Matthew Robinson, Jiva Housden and George Tarlton performing music from Baroque to contemporary.