Words & Music
"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.
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 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.
Davina continues her long association with the Royal Academy as a Guest Principal in the Kohn Bach Cantata Series this season, and last year toured the J.S Bach Double violin concerto with Rachel Podger and Masaaki Suzuki, making her solo début at the Lincoln Center. Last summer she enjoyed a busy season at Glyndebourne and a global tour with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists performing a Trilogy of Monteverdi operas. She has just returned from an extensive tour of Europe and the USA performing Berlioz and Verdi. Davina plays on a 1659 Francesco Ruggieri violin.
WORD and STAGE
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. 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.
BEHIND the SCENE
Kirsten has worked within the classical music scene since her first job at Credit Suisse (Zurich) as a project manager in the Sponsorship department, happily supporting festivals, concert tours and up and coming artists. Back in Germany she went on working as a consultant with organisations such as the Kronberg Academy. Having crossed the channel for love, Kirsten turned to writing, translating, editing and website design during her family leave. Her clients included Sotheby’s, Discovery Asia and Netflix and of course musicians and music festivals. Recently, Kirsten has worked with Barnes Music Festival and on various projects in the EU and is project manager of Baroque ensemble Solomon’s Knot. POESIS will be an exciting new venture (especially for someone who always took the interdisciplinary road).
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26 / 28 November
This was engaging and significant … such success in the vexed terrain of interdisciplinary venture is rare. Gillian Wills, Limelight Magazine (2017)
6 May 8pm
JS The Life and Passion of Bach
with Tama Matheson, Davina Clarke & Friends
The Royal Albert Hall - Elgar Room
Part of the Love Classical Series
Join writer, actor and director Tama Matheson, violinist Davina Clake and friends for a musico-dramatic voyage through the life of one of the world’s greatest composers: Johann Sebastian Bach.
Part play and part recital, JS is a moving, always fascinating and often hilarious depiction of Bach’s life and work. The play traces, amid a setting of his music, the longings, desires, and inspirations that drove Bach to his beautiful creations. JS presents the tale of one of the world’s greatest composers, struggling, like all of us, to harmonise the dissonances of real life.
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