Associate Artists

Since 2008, we have worked with an extraordinary group of composers, librettists, singers and instrumentalists, sound and lighting designers and production staff.

We work closely with a core group of Associate Artists whose particular skills and imagination bring a huge amount to each new piece.  You can read more about them below.

Jeremy Avis

Jeremy Avis has worked internationally as both a soloist of both Early and Contemporary music, as a choral and theatre band conductor and as a choral composer. He also trained as an ethnomusicologist, studying xylophone playing in Cameroon for 2 years. See more about Jeremy's anthropological fieldwork in Cameroon on youtube.

He has also been team-leader on arts curriculum design projects for the EU in Botswana and also (with Rebecca Askew) wrote and delivered a large-scale project GOALMOUTH for UNHCR in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.

He currently sings with Bristol-based vocal trio Brave Colour Nature, Belinda Sykes's early music band Joglaresa and is  on a mission to revitalise empty shops with his gig-theatre funk group The Doomsday Dance Band.

He has recently secured a further commission to continue writing his large-scale piece about bird and human migration, for instrumentalists, singers and choirs, called The Whispering Dome, for the Brighton Early Music Festival.

He also works  with the Stroke Odysseys project as composer, soloist and vocal animateur.

www.jeremyavis.co.uk

 

Lisa Cassidy
Coloratura soprano

Lisa Cassidy is a Britten Pears Young Artist and a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has appeared alongside fine artists including Judith Howarth, Malcolm Martineau and the actress Eleanor Bron and performed extensively across Europe and the UK. Lisa is also delighted to have been invited to perform regularly with The Voice Project.

Notable appearances include a contemporary adaptation Lucia di Lammermoor, in Vigo, Spain, which she co-developed with the conductor, Ramón Souto and Vertixe Sonora Ensemble and ‘Undead and Other Tales’ with the artist Grace Schwindt, which opened at the RA in London.

Lisa has also choreographed, designed and self-directed numerous performances of the one-woman operas: ‘La voix humaine’ by Francis Poulenc and Ian Hÿtch’s ‘Lady Macbeth is Dead’, which was composed for her.

Recent highlights include opening the season for Norwich’s Assembly House Classical series, with pianist Somi Kim, performing at Benjamin Britten’s former home and contemporary works for the Something Raw Festival at the Frascati Theatre in Amsterdam.

www.lisacassidy.org

 

 

Helen Chadwick

Song is at the heart of Helen Chadwick's work. With teams of collaborators she creates concerts, recordings, song-theatre performances, song-story performances, community opera and site-specific choral events.

Composing credits include English Touring Opera, BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Royal Court and the British Museum. Song-theatre includes Dalston Songs (Royal Opera House), War Correspondents (Birmingham Rep) and Truth (South Bank Centre).

Site-specific choral commissions encompass The Singing Circle (Royal Opera House), Where Two Worlds Touch (Salisbury Festival) and A Body Of Song (Greenwich Festival).

Recordings include ten albums, with one track featured on Desert Island Discs. Singing credits range from Meredith Monk, Human Music and VoiceLab to Kite and on the film TROY.

As well as writing lyrics Helen has set many world poets’s work as songs, for other projects her lyrics are drawn from testimony and interviews.

Awards: President's Award from WaterAid for Sing For Water; an Honorary Fellowship from Dartington College of Arts.

helenchadwick.com

 

Sianed Jones

Sianed is a composer/performer with an upbringing steeped in the choral and poetic traditions of Wales. Language and song is the driving force of her work;  improvisation and collaboration, with other artists and art forms, is at the core of her creative practice.

Her research into vocal techniques has taken her across continents. Whilst her composition and performance bears the influences and musical curiosity of her travels, the heart of her music is uniquely her own. She is inspired by the challenge of creating site-specific work for landscapes and architecture, but most of all working with Welsh, English and abstract language to make music that conjures up the whole gamut of human existence.

Next project in the pipeline.....Inner Landscapes / Under the Surface / Odan y Wyneb (working titles). Following on from the success of  Cân Elenydd, Sianed is continuing the collaboration exploring the visual and aural and comedic territories of Sianed's discovery and treatment of Ovarian Cancer, with artists Jacob Whittaker, Maria Hayes, Mary Lloyd Jones, and co-director Louise Wells.

Cân Elenydd a song cycle/video art collaboration was shown on the BBC in December 2020. www.cwmniceiro.co.uk

www.sianed.co.uk
www.tincytannau.co.uk
The Pearls of Pearl Street

Sianed's blog about her discovery and treatment for Ovarian Cancer https://ovariancancerdiscovery.blogspot.com

Orlando Gough

Orlando Gough is a composer (and sometimes lyricist, librettist, music director, MC, recording engineer, cookery writer), who writes operas, choral music, music-theatre, music for dance and theatre, and creates large-scale site-specific work.

Some current projects:

I Look For The Think a short opera about love and stroke:

Staging Schiele A dance piece with the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, about the artist Egon Schiele, featuring the voice of Jon Baker

Staging Schiele excerpt The Artist and The Model

Solar Music for a lighting installation by the artist Bruce Munro, featuring the voices of Sianed Jones, Sian Croose, Jeremy Avis and Jon Baker

Solar Music excerpt Rise, Shine

www.orlandogough.com

Adrian Lever

An accomplished multi-instrumentalist with a Masters degree in Sonic Arts,  Adrian has developed a sound practice based on field recording and instrumental response.

Confluence Project (2015) was a multi-media piano improvisation performance piece inspired by water flow-forms and his East Anglian coastal home, performed at venues in London and Norfolk. The piece is one of several developed with sound artist Bill Vine.

His major work Watermark brought together the rivers of Stara Planina in south-east Serbia with body recordings, and included a dual-prepared-microtonal piano set-up responding to both.

As a guitarist and Bulgarian tambura (long necked lute) player, he performs regularly at major folk festivals in the UK and Europe with Alma, Stepling, James Patrick Gavin and Arhai.

He played for 8 years with Laura Cannell as the award-winning folk and early music experimentalists Horses Brawl.

Other past highlights include performing with Radio 2 folk-award winning singer Bella Hardy, Macedonian singer Tanja Tzarovska and with leading British flamenco guitarist Steve Homes.

adrianlever.com

Guest Artists

Guest artists from a range of disciplines bring an added dimension to our work. Find out more about some of the creative people we work with below.

Esther Morgan portrait

Esther Morgan

Esther Morgan’s four poetry collections are published by Bloodaxe Books. Her first collection, Beyond Calling Distance, was published in 2001 and won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was short-listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. This was followed by The Silence Living in Houses, Grace, shortlisted for the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize and, most recently, The Wound Register which traces the impact of the First World War through several generations of one family.

Born in 1970, she grew up in rural Worcestershire. She began writing poetry seriously during a stint as a volunteer at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, Cumbria, before arriving in Norwich to do an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Since then she’s been involved in the poetry world as an editor and teacher, including helping to set up The Poetry Archive and her current role on the Advisory Board of The Rialto poetry magazine. She lives on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and works as Communications Manager for Norfolk Museums Service.

Bloodaxe author page: https://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/category/esther-morgan

www.therialto.co.uk                           www.poetryarchive.org