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Vivaldi | Paris, Amsterdam, Edinburgh

Charmian once again joins the Academy of Ancient Music for performances of Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus and Gloria, conducted by Richard Egarr. www.aam.co.uk

Wednesday 5th December 2012 8.30pm Saint-Sulpice, Paris
Friday 7th December 2012 7.30pm Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Wednesday 12th December 2012 8.15pm Concertgebouw, Amsterdam


Daniel Thomas Davis | Follow Her Voice

On 2nd November 2012 Charmian will be recording Daniel Thomas Davis’ new song-cycle Follow Her Voice, based on the Sappho frangment phainetai moi, with Lontano and conducted by Odaline de la Martinez. Charmian is particularly excited by this project as the Catullus poem also based on the same text (and the libretto for the second song in the cycle) was the first Latin poetry she studied at school which consequently encouraged her to read Classics at university. Details on the release of this disc to follow.


Recital | American Festival of Contemporary Music

Charmian opens the Fourth London Festival of American Music performing Peter Child’s Clare Cycle (UK premiere) and the world premiere performance of Daniel Thomas Davis’ Follow Her Voice with Lontano ensemble conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.
Monday 22nd October 2012, 7.45 at The Warehouse, Theed Street, Waterloo.

There were also two song cycles, delivered by soprano Charmian Bedford with a matter-of-fact ease that doubtless disguised the challenges involved.” GUARDIAN

Full moon

A Full Moon in March | John Harbison

Charmian performs the role of 1st Attendent in John Harbison’s one act chamber opera A Full Moon in March based on the Yeats play.

Conducted by Odaline de la Martinez and directed by Carmen Jakobi. Performances are part of the Fourth London Festival of American Music and take place at the Warehouse, Waterloo on 24th 26th and 27th October 2012 at 7.45pm


Christopher Gibbons | Premiere CD recording released

Motets, anthems, fantasias and voluntaries by Christopher Gibbons (second son of Orlando). Charmian features as a soloist on this exciting new release by the Academy of Ancient Music.

Beautifully played and sung… the instrumental pieces are wonderfully imaginative, but it’s the choral works that stand out with their startling modulations and expressively charged vocal lines.”  GUARDIAN disc of the week – Click the image to buy


Opera di Peroni | Go Opera

GO OPERA teams up with Kwes (digital musician) and Peroni Nastro Azurro to create a site-specific, operatic experience. Charmian will perform Musetta in a set of immersive Italian opera scenes, also including excerpts from Puccini’s La rondine and Verdi’s La traviata. Performances in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow throughout July and August 2012.
Photo: Charmian with Danny Standing (Simon Harvey Photography).
Please visit operadiperoni.com or goopera.co.uk for more information


Academy of Ancient Music | Lully

Musical Revolutions : Age of the French Baroque – music from a golden age by Lully, Marais and Charpentier. Charmian performs these rare works with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr.
Photo – Charmian rehearsing in Cambridge
26th June 2012 7.30 West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
27th June 2012 7.30 Wigmore Hall, London (Live on BBC Radio 3)


Silver Swan | Clod Ensemble

Silver Swan is an ensemble piece written for seven unaccompanied female singers, by Paul Clark. Taking two simple 17th Century songs by John Smith and William Lawes, the piece weaves their melodies into a dense and beautifully haunting texture.
Performed this time in the cavernous Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern on 21st and 28th May 2012 with dancers as a ‘choreographed concert’.  Conducted by James Keane. Please visit www.clodensemble.com for further information

David Bedford

David Bedford | Memorial Concert

Charmian is particularly honoured to take part in a very special memorial concert celebrating the life of David Bedford (1937-2011), distinguished, British composer. She will perform some of Bedford’s settings of Kenneth Patchen’s poems, along with other performers including Andrew Staples, Steuart Bedford, Stephen Westrop and Herbie Flowers.
All family, friends, colleagues and associates are welcome.
4pm on Saturday 28th April 2012 at St James Church, Muswell Hill, London.

lauda musica

La Grande Chapelle | Lauda Musica

Charmian joined Lauda Musica for a performance of the Spanish composer – Nicolas Zabala’s Te deum and Magnificat in Cadiz in a concert for the bicentennial celebration of the 1812 Spanish constitution. Directed by Albert Recasens.
Performance 20th March 2012, Iglesia del Carmen, Cadiz, Andalusia.

Una interpretación sublime para un Te Deum inmortal… La Grande Chapelle, un magnífico conjunto vocal e instrumental de música antigua… Fue una interpretación majestuosa, un concierto a la altura de las circunstancias…

Dream Hunter

Dream Hunter | Nicola LeFanu

Charmian premiered the role of Catarina in Nicola LeFanu’s new opera in October 2011 in Aberystwyth, Swansea and Cardiff. The opera now returns for 3 special performances at Wiltons Music Music Hall in London. Listen to Charmian on BBC3’s In Tune on Monday 30th January 2012 at 5pm for a sample of the opera. Directed by Carmen Jakobi, Conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.
Show dates: 7.30pm on 2nd, 3rd and 4th February 2012

Charmian Bedford’s somnambulist Catarina is beautifully sung, suggesting the anguished realisation that she herself will be prey to her powers, isolated, stigmatised and as culpable as fate.” GUARDIAN
Catarina (delectably sung by the soprano Charmian Bedford)” THE TIMES
Charmian Bedford was striking as Catarina and had the measure of her role. She struck each note purely, truly.” OPERA
Charmian Bedford’s song-bird trilling is beguiling.” THE STAGE
One singer did stand out from the crowded score and that was the voice of Charmian Bedford…” HUFFINGTON POST
Catarina is performed with great clarity and emotion…” WHAT’S ON STAGE

Catarina’s aria scene 2 Catarina’s aria scene 9