I am a soprano, specialising in the gnarly edges of contemporary classical music. Most of what I sing is brand new; much of what I sing has been written especially for me — it's a voyage of discovery. I am also the founder of eavesdropping, a series and a symposium in East London, and co-director of all that dust, a new label for new music.
When I'll be able to get back up on stage is anyone's guess but my PERFORMANCES page will be kept up-to-date as things develop. In the meantime, I am putting energy into commissioning some new tunes: in 2021 I shall be working closely with composers Lara Agar, Laurence Crane, Pascale Criton and Luke Nickel. This sort of work feels resilient; it can at least be advanced with the participants in different cities and, if necessary, in pyjamas.
I have a new EP out. John Croft wrote these beautiful Lost Songs for me in 2017. For soprano and live electronics, they were commissioned by Art Zoyd Studios and I premiered them in Birmingham Symphony Hall which, is, incidentally, enormous. The texts are fragments by Sappho and anonymous Greek writers — palimpsests pointing towards fuller, poetic thoughts — unfurling upon a shifting electronic backdrop of microtonal zithers and lyres.