The new year is starting with a buzz of activity at McCaldin Arts, dusting off existing projects for performance and preparing the ground for new work.
Haydn’s London Ladies has grown from an hour-long to a two-part presentation with interval and is getting a first performance in this new version at the Swindon Recital Series on 7 Feb. Enlarging the recital has enabled us to bring in a fifth Lady, Emma Hamilton, whose story justifies a whole show in itself, and to introduce some extra music. As well as excerpts from less-known pieces such as The Battle of the Nile, we will also perform the cantata Arianna a Naxos, a piece of which Emma Hamilton sang with Haydn at the keyboard.
New songs are in the pipeline from Rob Keeley and Toby Young, as well as longer-term projects in development with Martin Ward and Martin Bussey.
We are also pleased to announce our involvement with a new charitable organisation – New Notes & Noises – which will be helping us to develop and present new work in the future. There will be more information on this over the next few weeks.