Land of Singing Waters – Words and Music From Northumbria and Beyond

Sat 11 June 2016 | 7.30pm

Land of Singing Waters: Words and Music from Northumbria and Beyond

The Whatelys

The idea for a concert of music and literature from the North Country was made by Newcastle Choral Society Ambassador Michael Chaplin, writer for theatre, TV and radio. He acted as production
consultant in compiling the poems from Northumbria and having known the Whately family for many years, invited the fine actor Kevin Whately and his actress wife Madelaine Newton to read them. In Michael’s words: ‘A strong theme emerged, touching on what makes this region so distinctive – above all, beyond the landscape and history, the toughness, tenderness and wit of its people’. The concert includes work by the Ashington dialect-poet Fred Reed; Newcastle poet Catherine Graham; Michael’s father Sid Chaplin; Basil Bunting; and Ripyard Cuddling! NCS Musical Director Mark Anyan invited Kitty Whately, glorious mezzo soprano, to perform at the concert with her parents. Kitty was a BBC New Generation Artist between 2013 and 2015. During this time,
together with her parents, she made her debut album This Other Eden, featuring English poetry and song. The concert includes works featured on that album as well as the interwoven Northumbrian poems and songs. Kitty will be accompanied by pianist Joseph Middleton. Described by The Times as ‘the cream of the new generation’, Joseph specialises in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music and has been widely acclaimed within this field.

Will Lang and Guests

Will Lang is a modern British folk musician, composer and producer. Will has collaborated with several choirs to produce folk-influenced choral music. In 2012 he was made a musical associate of The National Youth Choir of Great Britain and since then he has been featured, and his pieces performed, on BBC Radio 3’s The Choir. “A wonderful collision of musical traditions masterminded by Lang” (Greg Beardsell, Radio 3’s The Choir). Will’s arrangements of Sea Coal and Farewell to the Monty are some of the choral works to be performed at
the concert. They feature in Will’s choral and orchestral work Canny at Neet, Bonny at Morn, which focuses on North East life and was premiered in Durham Cathedral with great reviews. Will is joined by his longtime collaborator Niopha Keegan of The Unthanks; Amy Thatcher of the Kathryn Tickell Band; and Newcastle University Folk Degree graduates Andy Watt and Michelle Broderick.

The Dream of the River: Will Todd

NCS commissioned this choral suite from Will Todd for their Diamond Jubilee concert in 2014, in Hall One Sage Gateshead. It was partly inspired by Michael Chaplin’s book Tyne View and is centred on the River Tyne, capturing the spirit of the North East, its notable people and the places they shaped. Will Todd has adapted the original orchestral accompaniment for the bodhrán, piano, fiddles, guitar and accordion; played by Will Lang and Guests.

Tickets:  £18 (£7 for under 18s)

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18.30    Doors to bars
19.00    Doors to seats
19.30    Show Start            
Interval (Time TBC)
2nd Act (Time TBC)
22.00    Show End

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