I am working with singer Siân Cameron and pianist Nicola Rose to create a new song cycle for voice and piano setting the letters of Virginia Woolf to her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell.
We were awarded funding from Arts Council Wales as well as a Chagrin Award from Sound and Music to develop this project.
The song cycle examines their relationship both as sisters and as artists. The letters are astonishing. Written throughout her life, they range from jealously intimate, hilariously sardonic, to expansive and poetic. Woolf uses Vanessa's personality and artistic achievements as a foil to examine her own writing.
Having worked on some of the songs in Cardiff we will be filming and recording the initial material in July, with film maker Alexander Bull.