A Feather on the Breath of God
Featured Artists: Light Coloratura soprano: Emma Farquharson, Piano: Nina van Schoor, Cello: Caleb Vaughn-Jones
Company: The Forest Weaver
This concert is called ‘A Feather on the Breath of God’ after a comment written by the 11th century theologian Bernard of Clairvaux upon hearing Hildegard of Bingen’s lyrical anthems for the first time.
The recital features nine women classical composers who are little known and little performed, including the 11th century mystic and poet Hildegard of Bingen; Kassia, first woman-of-colour composer; Amy Beach; and British composer Rebecca Clarke. The songs will be sung by SAMRO scholarship and Standard Bank Encore Ovation Award recipient, Emma Farquharson. Accompanying her are pianist Nina van Schoor and cellist Caleb Vaughn-Jones. During interval, Hildegarde biscuits will be offered by Maya of Jacques’ Artisan Bakery.
It is hoped that this recital will lead audiences to question why the works of female composers, whose skills equal and exceed that of their male counterparts, are performed so little? And why do they rarely make the Standard repertoire lists for competitions, performances and music institutions?
Nina van Schoor is a piano teacher and the accompanist for St Andrews Senior Prep. In 2000 she won the Betty Shuttleworth Piano Scholarship from Rhodes University and is currently studying towards her MMus. Her public piano appearances include performing in the New Music Indaba on the main programme in the Grahamstown festival in 2001 and in the Rhodes University Gala Concert in 2017.
American cellist Caleb Vaughn-Jones has performed throughout North America, Asia, the West Indies and southern Africa as a soloist and chamber musician. He is constantly looking to bring lesser-known music to audiences as well as commission new works for the cello.
Stage manager & musical director: Jo-Nette Le Kay
Impressario: Douglas Bullis
Stage hands: Perry Mason Adams & Asakhe Cuntsulana
Poster and media photographers: James Fowler & Evaan Jason Ferreira