This is a busy and exciting week for Charlotte Bray: “If only I could be in two places at once! Delighted that my chamber opera Entanglement is receiving its London premiere on June 17th with Nova Music Opera. On the same evening I have my debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Oliver Knussen with the world premiere of Stone Dancer. Looking forward to a busy week of rehearsals!”
The concept of Stone Dancer, commissioned by the Aldeburgh Music festival, is driven by three early 20th century futurist sculptures. Charlotte explains the story behind it: “The artworks inspiring the music are Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s Red Stone Dancer, Raymond Duchamp-Villon’s Large Horse and Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space were all created during the years 1913-14, and each of the artists served, in some capacity, in the First World War. The substance, power and implied movement, captured in each of the sculptures, weave the three pieces together.”
Meanwhile in London, Nova Music Opera brings together a pair of contemporary chamber operas by Charlotte Bray and Thomas Hyde about misunderstood characters from modern British history. While Thomas Hyde’s That Man Stephen Ward charts the demise of one of the more tragic characters involved in the Profumo scandal of the early 1960s, Charlotte Bray’s Entanglement examines the end of Ruth Ellis’ life, more than sixty years after her controversial execution. Head to LSO St Luke’s on 17th June 2016 for 7.30pm.
Both ‘Stone Dancer’ and ‘Entanglement’ will soon be available on Composers Edition. And while you wait, make sure you read this month’s BBC Music Magazine that features an interview with Charlotte by James Naughtie.