Mira Clas Tenebras
Cabaret and rock
These days, Sally is a seasoned performer in
contemporary classical music and usually performs new works, often
premieres, in the course of every season. She has taken Nicole Tibbels'
advice and 'got over the resentment' about the material being so hard to
learn for someone without perfect pitch.
One composer recently told her she
had proved an unperformable piece could be sung.... Many composers have
written for her: she has performed the premiere of works by Judith Weir,
Nicola LeFanu, Francis Shaw, Julian Broughton, Tim Porter, Andrew Lovett
and many others. Howard Skempton is writing a
setting of a new poem by Alexander McCall Smith specially for Sally's
voice. Details of performances are on her
She has performed many times with the group Okeanos
with whom she recorded LeFanu's cantata Mira Clar Tenebras on the
Metier label on a disc called Reflections. It can be obtained
With Okeanos she performed at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford and
at the Cambridge Festival and on a Cutting Edge tour.
Sally made a recording of Ancient Greek Songs
for KPM EMI to coincide with the Athens Olympics. The songs are
accompanied by lyra or a computer-generated reconstruction of Greek
instruments. The composers Francis Shaw and Robert Foster worked on the
reconstruction of the music from original sources.
The folk-inspired mythic operas of Tim Porter have
been engaging her attention recently and she performed a concert of his
work entitled 'The
Green Branch' at Chipping Norton Theatre last year. The show is
based on the legends of Finn Macool and Gawain. A further entertainment
is in preparation with the story teller Michael