I am a soprano, specialising in the gnarly edges of contemporary classical music. Most of what I sing is brand-new; much of it is written especially for me. My repertoire spans works for solo voice, voice and electronics, voice and piano, voice and ensemble or, as co-founder of EXAUDI, works for vocal ensemble. I began my career singing early music and I still keep that in that mix. I am artistic director of eavesdropping, a festival for experimental musics in East London, co-director of all that dust, a little independent label for new music, and director of VOICEBOX, a brand-new programme for contemporary vocal performance.
New year; new music. 2024 kicks off with a collaborative installation made with Lucy Armstrong and Haroon Mirza and organised by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and a big new piece for me and Ensemble Musikfabrik by Catherine Lamb. In February, Mark Knoop and I will take all the trains all the way to Istanbul to perform one of our favourite pieces, Øyvind Torvund's Plans for Future Operas. We'll be performing it at Aspekte Festival too, where I am honoured to be Artist-in-Residence, delivering a masterclass and joining œnm ensemble to perform works by Beat Furrer and Johannes Staud. VOICEBOX continues, with residencies delivered in partnership with City, University of London, sound festival in Aberdeen and Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire, and culminating in showcase performances at Snape Maltings and Cafe OTO. In other happy news, I was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Southampton and am currently Visiting Fellow there.