Tell One, Forget One
Produced by Leaky Boat Productions
7:05pm – 7:30pm | Thursday 10 August 2017
RADA Club Theatre, 16 Chenies Street, London, WC1E 7EX
Early Bird Tickets (Until 19th June): £5
Advance Online: £7.50 | Door/Phone: £9.50
Every-one has stories. Stories they’d like to remember and stories they’d like to forget. One woman in particular is trying to forget a lifetime’s worth. (“There was this guy and this girl. That’s one story”). A serio-comic piece of physical theatre and miscommunication for voice, piano and electronics.
Music & Words | Kevin Jones, arranged by Desmond Clarke
Director | Lisa J Coates
Mezzo Soprano | Lisa J Coates
Piano | Nicole Johnson
Electronics | Desmond Clarke
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8:10pm – 9:00pm : The Monk & The Lotus
8:15pm – 9:05pm ; A Certain Sense of Order
9:20pm – 9:55pm : The Art of Venus
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Leaky Boat Productions
Music and Words: Kevin Jones, arranged by Desmond Clarke
Director: Lisa J Coates
Soprano: Lisa J Coates
Piano: Nicole Johnson
Electronics: Desmond Clarke
A woman trying to purge her mind of every story she’s ever heard – a kind of cleansing ritual, as if a lifetime of stories is a weight she cannot bear. She goes through every story she can think of, tells a bit of each and dismisses each one. Her struggle leads her to boil the stories down to their most basic elements (“There was this guy and this girl. That’s one story”.) It’s about the impossibility of truly communicating; that no matter what we do we are likely to be misunderstood.
Written and composed by Kevin Jones, the work was originally composed for voice and piano octet. Kevin proposed a new arrangement for voice, piano and electronics. Sadly, he was unable to complete this as he passed away on December 7 2016. The Tête-a-Tête Opera Festival was important to Kevin, with performances of his work Your Call… premiered in 2014 with mezzo soprano Lisa J Coates, and a revised version the following year with the addition of mezzo Hai-Ting Chin.
Tell One, Forget One is presented in his memory, with electronics by Desmond Clarke, and Nicole Johnson (piano) and Lisa J Coates (mezzo).
Kevin Jones was a composer and writer whose music has been presented thoughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada. His dramatic works for radio have been broadcast internationally and he wrote and directed dozens of music/theatre works. He was a published author of fiction and received multiple grants and commissions www.kevinjones-soundart.com
Desmond Clarke is a composer and oboist. His music has been performed extensively around the UK, particularly in Yorkshire, as well as in Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Canada. In 2015 he won the RPS Composition Prize, and was selected as one of the RSNO’s inaugural young composers in residence. www.desmondclarke.com
Lisa J Coates is a versatile singer who enjoys a diverse repertoire with particular emphasis on opera and contemporary music, frequently collaborating with composers on new works. She has performed throughout the UK, USA, China and Europe. She has recorded for Touch, Boreas, Naxos Audiobooks, and has appeared on BBC Radio 3. www.lisajcoates.co.uk
Nicole Johnson is passionate about chamber music, and from September 2017 will be undertaking a masters degree in Piano Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Recent successes include a Suffolk-based recital series with soprano Hannah Curtis, finalist with duo partner Sam Jewison in TLCM’s Elizabeth Schumann Lieder Competition (May 2017) and consulting/hand doubling for upcoming BBC film A Child in Time. www.nicolejohnson
Special thanks to: Bill Bankes-Jones and the team at Tête-a-Tête for their kindness and support. And to Theresa Reeves-Simpson who without, on so many levels, this performance just wouldn’t have happened. Thank you to everyone who has donated to this project and come and supported us tonight. And thank you to Kevin, who was a great friend, family and a wonderful person with whom to make music.
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