Grimeborn Festival stages daring triple bill featuring El-Turk’s Silk Moth

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Originally posted at I Care If You Listen:

Shira Agmon, Camille Maalawy, Aivale Cole and Sophie Atalar in Ruthless Jabiru // Silk Moth (Director Heather Fairbairn, Set & Costume Designer Charlotte Henery, Lighting Designer Sean Gleason, Video Designer Sapphire Goss) © Lidia Crisafulli

It’s summer opera festival season in the UK—so, are you a Glyndebourne or a Grimeborn person? Country house in Sussex, or a converted factory in east London? Mostly standard repertoire, or an adventurous programme with plenty of contemporary discoveries? Membership advised if you want to attend, or accessible pricing? Picnic on the lawn in the supper interval, or walk round the corner to the finest Turkish kebab joints in town?
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Meet the Artist: Camille Maalawy, mezzo-soprano

Originally posted at Meet the Artist:

Template 258x173.jpgWho or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?

As a child I was always singing, and took part in music festivals and amateur dramatics. In my teens, I started to pursue singing more seriously, but had thought I would read English at university. It was whilst studying for GCSE Music that my teacher said that I should really think about doing a degree in Music. Until then I hadn’t really even considered it as a possibility.

Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?

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Complex tragedies of honour crime and family violence: Ruthless Jabiru at Grimeborn Festival

Originally posted at Planet Hugill:

Template 258x173Launched in 2011, Ruthless Jabiru is a London-based chamber orchestra, artistic director Kelly Lovelady, dedicated to new music and humanitarian stories, with its personnel entirely made up of professional Australian musicians based in the UK. The ensemble will be making its Grimeborn Festival debut with its first fully-staged production Silk Moth which runs from 9 to 11 August 2019. Silk Moth will examine the complex tragedies of honour crime, family violence and female (dis)empowerment in Britain and beyond, using the music of three UK-based women composers, Bushra El-Turk, Liza Lim and Cassandra Miller, in a production directed by Heather Fairbairn.

The centrepiece is Bushra El-Turk and librettist Eleanor Knight’s hard-hitting chamber Continue reading