York Late Music commissioned me to set some poems by Lemn Sissay as part of a concert event in conjunction with York Literature Festival.
These new songs, for soprano and piano were premiered yesterday by Ana Beard Fernandez (soprano) and Kate Ledger (piano) at St Saviourgate Chapel, York.
Click here to read more about the event.
The evening began with a pre-concert conversation between me and Lemn. Lemn then read a selection of his poems and this was followed by a recital beginning with my new songs and including works by Nicola Lefanu, Steve Crowther, Benjamin Britten and Peter Reynolds.