Vivienne Orchestrated for Little Venice Music Festival

Publicity image following the original 2013 staged production of Vivienne

This Autumn, our musical show Vivienne (on the life of TS Eliot’s first wife) is being revived for two performances. Clare will sing Stephen McNeff’s dramatic cycle of songs  in its original version at the Poetry Swindon Festival on 4 October (at 12pm), with pianist Paul Turner.

Then on the following Saturday 6 October (at 7.30pm), Clare will perform Vivienne once again but in a new, orchestrated version for the Little Venice Music Festival in London’s Maida Vale. The evocative musical styles of Stephen McNeff’s witty score cry out for instrumentation. Stephen has created his own orchestration to make the most of the character of the work, which is the first half of an evening concert also featuring Olivier Messiaen’s transcendental Quartet for the End of Time.

Vivienne was first performed at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival in 2013 to a five star review in the Evening Standard. You can watch the original production of Vivienne as recorded by Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, here: