Clare McCaldin mezzo-soprano
Libby Burgess piano
Cheryl Frances-Hoad composer
John Constable spoken word artist
Di Sherlock director
A journey through an East Anglian landscape
The conclusion of a week’s work at Aldeburgh Music, developing a new piece. Poly-Olbion is an expansive poetic journey through the landscape, history, traditions and customs of early modern England and Wales, first published in 1612. In this experimental project Songs 19 and 20 (Suffolk and Norfolk) are edited into a libretto for female voice and piano and interwoven with a specially-commissioned spoken word piece which revisits the rivers, hills, towns and landmarks referenced in the original. Clare McCaldin sings Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s settings of the Jacobean texts: playwright, poet and performer John Constable performs his own words, giving voice to the contemporary landscape.