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Embracing other

8 August 2019

#pointofview

Other | adjective  (oth·​er | ˈə-t͟hər  ) Disturbingly or threateningly different  Today, I was publicly referred to as ‘other’. It’s not new. But on this happening, the sting was sharp and fresh. A wound opened up… At that moment, I find that I am fal …

Upon Embankment Bridge

28 June 2019

#whimsy

“And all that mighty heart is lying still!” Wordsworth It was burning in her pocket as she climbed the steps of Embankment Bridge. At each step, it was getting hotter. Reaching the top of the bridge, she caught sight of St Paul’s bleeding against the d …

Radio 4: Tongue & Talk on 9 June at 16:30 and 15 June at 23:30

6 June 2019

#news

Tongue and Talk: Episode 2 – Isle of Man Explore the voices of Manx dialect and language speakers, whose words are influenced by the Celts and the Norsemen. Actor and writer, Catherine Harvey, returns to her Manx roots to share the work of T E Brown, w …

Feeling Good

20 May 2019

#whimsy

Nina Simone pops up in the most surprising of places. This morning she was the voice of Muller yoghurt during the ad breaks of the Jeremy Kyle show. This afternoon she is the voice of salvation as Jack Dickinson’s coffin is carried down the aisle of St …

Can a singer help bridge a divided nation?

2 May 2019

#performancepractice

BurtonNitta’s ‘New Organs of Creation’ receives its world premiere on the 8 May 2019 at the Science Gallery, London. Read on to understand what their approach means for the evolution of song and performance practice. Song unites. When the opening chord …

World premiere of ‘New Organs of Creation’ at The Science Gallery, London

29 April 2019

#news

What might an anthem composed for the future of ‘Britain’s divided nation’ sound like? New Organs of Creation is the latest interdisciplinary project from BurtonNitta. Crossing science, art, performance, music and technology, it explores how the human …

The Algae Opera at Centre Pompidou, Paris

1 February 2019

#news

Burton Nitta’s The Algae Opera was presented as part of the ‘La Fabrique du Vivant’ exhibition at Galerie 4, Centre Pompidou, from 20 February – 15 April 2019. ‘La Fabrique du Vivant’ [The Factory of Life] examined how the concept of nature is changed …

James Wishart’s 23 Songs for a Madwoman, 3 November, Liverpool Philharmonic, Ensemble 1010

28 October 2018

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“James Wishart’s madwoman just won’t behave” (RLPO). Not even if you ask her nicely. With a disregard for failure and society, join me, the madwoman, Clark Rundell and RLPO’s Ensemble 1010 for our third performance of this remarkable work.

Pieces of light

Pieces of Light

31 July 2018

#whimsy

I decided that the only solution was to seduce him. I found him in the Terminal Bar and Grill. He was sober. On the following Friday, we packed our bags and planned our escape. I was dressed in a completely inappropriate shade of red.

The measure of things

The Measure of Things – A song recital with a plot twist

29 July 2018

#news

Schubert song has been a faithful companion to me since my twenties. As I have evolved as an artist, his songs have at times challenged, consoled and guided. From the self-esteem struggles of the Young Nun through to the futility of consumerism in the King of Thule, I have become convinced that his songs hold wisdoms that can help us navigate this new renaissance we are living in.