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Swindon Recital Series

  • The 'Complete' Heroine
  • Clare McCaldin and Paul Turner at the Arts Centre, Swindon - Saturday December 9th, 7.30pm

Between appearing in London with the Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge, singing Mozart's Requiem, and Handel's Messiah in Derby, British mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin will be teaming up with Paul Turner to present a programme intriguingly entitled the 'complete' Heroine. With dramatic entrances and quirky humour the Arts Centre will become the stage for their compelling stories to be told. We are promised, amongst others, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Mignon and the Blessed Virgin.

The Heroines are women who have faced difficult situations in life - fleeing from infanticide; control in a patriarchal society; abduction and slavery; Royal politics and beheading to name but a few - and have stories to tell that still resonate today.

The composers range from the Baroque era, represented by Purcell, to the modern day, represented by composer and pianist Stephen Dickinson whose composition, Shakespeare Quartet, that includes a piece about Ophelia, was written especially for Clare last year.

There will also be some musical theatre with songs from Carousel and The Sound of Music.

Clare, a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, began her professional life in advertising and arts administration before becoming a professional singer. Since then she has developed a successful career in concerts and operas, including a modern repertoire. She made her solo operatic debut at the 2012 BBC Proms in Debussy's Martyrdom of St Sebastian with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which also opened the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival.

Anyone who attended Clare's performance of Haydn's London Ladies two seasons ago will know what a treat we have in store.

"From the first moment, Clare McCaldin lived within, and drew us into, the atmosphere, the emotion and the meaning of each song. Gesture and expression of a natural actor were integral to the interpretation." (Hexham Abbey Festival)

Clare McCaldin and Paul Turner will perform at the Arts Centre in Swindon on Saturday December 9th at 7.30pm. Tickets £15, concessions £12.50, students £2.50, accompanied children 14 and under free.

Clare McCaldin is a lyric mezzo-soprano whose presence in performance marks her out as a communicator of outstanding quality on the dramatic stage and concert platform. She is a powerful creative influence, as an interpreter of existing repertoire or commissioning and premiering new music.

She enjoys a busy concert schedule, working with pianists such as Libby Burgess, Iain Burnside, Andrew West and Paul Turner. Committed to chamber music collaboration of all kinds, Clare's work in this area ranges from commissions with the Brodsky Quartet and Walton's Facade, to baroque works with La Réjouissance and the Le Page Ensemble.

Clare is particularly committed to the promotion and performance of contemporary vocal music and through her company McCaldin Arts continues to commission and develop new work. With her co-collaborator in McCaldin Arts, the pianist Libby Burgess, she has premiered works by Stephen McNeff and devised new presentations of existing repertoire such as Haydn's London Ladies.
  • Mother and daughter team - piano and flute
  • Clare Toomer and Sarah Mattinson at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon - Wednesday January 24th, 1.05pm
Swindon-born Clare Toomer, already well-known to and well-loved by SRS audiences for her elegant piano-playing, will introduce us to her flutist daughter, Sarah Mattinson, at January's Lunchtime Concert.

Sarah is currently studying at Oxford after a glittering studentship at Marlborough College where she achieved her ABRSM flute diploma. Together they will present a programme to include Reinecke's Ballade, Sancan's Sonatine and Bach's Sonata in Eb BWV 1031.

Carl Reinecke was a German composer in the Romantic tradition. He began to compose aged 7 and made his first public appearance as a pianist at 12. The Ballade, a very expressive and lyrical composition, was the last piece that he wrote before his death in 1910.

Pierre Sancan, also a composer and pianist, was a major figure among French musicians in the mid-twentieth century but outside France was almost totally unknown. The Sonatine, composed in 1946 as a test piece for the Paris Conservatoire, is his best-known work. A flowing and romantic piece, its final section is fast-paced, full of energy and virtuosity.

Each of this Season's Lunchtime Concerts includes a piece by Bach and this one is no exception. This time it is his Sonata in E flat major, originally for flute and harpsichord. A light and entertaining piece it is immediately appealing and full of expressive charm. Paul Turner, SRS Founder and Artistic Director commented, 'This concert is an excellent opportunity to take a little time out from daily life and enjoy the world's best composers played by this highly professional family duo.'

Clare Toomer and Sarah Mattinson will perform at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Wednesday January 24th, 1.05 - 2pm. Tickets £6, accompanied children 14 and under free.

Clare Toomer was born in Swindon and began her piano studies here at the age of six before going on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She had a long and successful performing career around the concert halls around Great Britain, Europe and the Far East, won many prizes and recorded for both Classic fm and BBC Radio 3. After having children she decided to settle down to a career in teaching but likes to perform occasionally to keep her mind and fingers alert. As an academic music and piano teacher at Marlborough College she finds herself fully occupied and a good proportion of her time is spent performing with the students.

Sarah Mattinson, born in Wiltshire, is currently studying at Oxford after a glittering studentship at Marlborough College where she achieved her ABRSM flute diploma with distinction. She has already performed Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto with the Southbank Sinfonia, the piano being her 'second' instrument. .

About Swindon Recital Series

Swindon Recital Series was founded 23 years ago by Paul Turner. The Recital Series is committed to providing world-class chamber music in the Swindon area by presenting regular concerts of chamber music given by professional musicians. The Series takes place between September and April each year at various venues in and around Swindon, including the Wyvern Theatre and the Arts Centre.

For more information contact either Artistic Director Paul Turner at turner.paul@virgin.net, recitals@hotmail.co.uk or on 01793 531316 or 07989 397372 or SRS Secretary Julia Singleton at juliaesingleton@gmail.com or on 01793 644660 or 07718185518

Information about the recital series can be found at www.swindonrecitalseries.org
Future events:

  • Clare McCaldin and Paul Turner will perform at the Arts Centre in Swindon on Saturday December 9th at 7.30pm.
  • Clare Toomer and Sarah Mattinson at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon on Wednesday January 24th, 1.05pm