21/22 In flux
His Quest for Peace - Andrzej Panufnik
a Lyrik Drama with Clare Hammond, piano, and Tama Matheson, actor
25 March 6pm, 8pm St Mary's
Tickets available via festival website
Andrzej Panufnik, one of the most important Polish 20th-century composers was born into war-torn Poland, and lived under the successive rule of the Nazis and the Soviets. The play follows the composer as he begins to make his way as an artist struggling to find a voice in a world where free speech is forbidden. Filled with amusing, shocking, and tragic incidents - including confrontations with Nazi overlords, and a high-speed car-chase - the play explores the horrors of tyranny, the power of art, and the triumph of the human spirit over adversity amid the expression of Panufnik's own music to create a unique dramatic fusion of words and music.
Andrzej Panufnik Twelve Miniature Studies
A Panufnik (arr. Roxanna Panufnik) Hommage à Chopin
Andrzej & Roxanna Panufnik Modlitwa
Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes”. In 2020 she was engaged to perform at the Int. Piano Series (Southbank) and the Aldeburgh Festival.
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"Ben" is a captivating theatrical window into the inspired music of the superb English composer Benjamin Britten and was first presented by Camerata of St John's with Tama Matheson (Actor and Director). This excerpt is from the final moments of the work and features "Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge".
Don Juan - The Scandalous Life of Lord Byron
Don Juan explores the seductive and scandalous life of Lord Byron’s fictional libertine, intertwined with the equally outrageous life of Lord Byron himself. Just like Byron’s poem itself, the musical interpretation of Don Juan is full of wit, charm, elegance, adventure and horror, revealing a deep portrait of one of the greatest creative minds of the Romantic era. Here starring Karin Schaupp and Tama Matheson.
WORDs and STAGE
Writer and Actor
The man behind the words and some of our production: Tama is a writer, director, and actor with a passion for bringing together the spoken word with music. Tama has, in his career, always straddled the musical and theatrical worlds, and, for many years, has cherished a desire to unify these two separate worlds. POESIS is the realisation of that vision. His Tchaikovsky production for the Wimbledon Int. Music Festival was recently shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2020.
Tama has directed opera and theatre all over the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Oper Graz, Houston Grand Opera, Melbourne and Perth Opera. He has also collaborated with orchestras, including Melbourne, Tasmanian, and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Brisbane Camerata, and the London Mozart Players.
Tama has worked at Covent Garden, The Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Baden Baden Opera, and is currently Artistic Director of the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival, which he established in 2006. As an actor, Tama has worked with companies all over England and Australia.
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We are enormously excited to bring a fresh, new style of musico-theatrical collaboration to London, and to establish a base in Europe for the performance and production of Lyric Dramas.
Davina Clarke, Violinist
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Davina performs around the world with the UK’s most highly regarded period ensembles – The English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, The Academy of Ancient Music, Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She plays on a 1659 Francesco Ruggieri violin.
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