October with SRS - an embarrassment of riches in poetry and music

In collaboration with Poetry Swindon SRS brings T S Eliot to Christ Church in a presentation of ‘Vivienne’, an Opera in Six Songs - the lyrics are based on templates provided by TS Eliot’s verse.  Vivienne is sung by mezzo soprano Clare McCaldin, accompanied by Paul Turner piano.

Vivienne Haigh-Wood married TS Eliot in June 1915 against the wishes of her family and died in 1947 in an asylum. Eliot later wrote: “To her, the marriage brought no happiness. To me, it brought the state of mind out of which came The Waste Land.”

All is delivered by catty, horny McCaldin, all with a sheen of barmy. It’s a far better performance than we’re entitled to from someone who can also sing.” ( The Evening Standard)

This recital will take place at Christ Church, Swindon, on Thursday October 4th at 1pm.  Entry is free.

A few days later SRS Artistic Director Paul will be on his own when he celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the SRS by presenting a celebration of music written when composers were 25.  Schubert’s monumental ‘Wanderer Fantasy’ takes centre stage, alongside Beethoven’s early Sonata in C and the first Ballade by Chopin.

“Turner obviously enjoyed the challenges of this virtuosic score and threw off the difficulties with aplomb.”  (Bob Briggs - Wigmore Hall)

This recital will take place at Swindon Arts Centre on Sunday October 7th at 7.30pm.  Tickets £15 (£12.50 concession), students £2.50, accompanied children (14 and under) free.  A booking charge applies.

The end of October sees the welcome return of SRS favourites Enigma 14, composed of Lisa Nelsen flute, Julian Metzger cello and Paul Turner piano.  The ensemble offers a classical programme of charming Haydn and moody Beethoven trios, alongside a new work dedicated to them by Paul Carr called ‘Summer Music’.  

Enigma14 have “...a lively and fresh creative approach and play with great authority as an ensemble” (Peter Hewitt, Music Director at Benslow Music Trust), ‘’Delicious!...wonderful powers of communication in concert” (David Campbell Aberfest)

This recital will take place at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre on Wednesday October 24th at 1.05pm.  All tickets are £6.  Accompanied children 14 and under free.

Paul Turner is an Honours graduate and an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where his many prizes and awards culminated in the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence and the Peter Pears Accompaniment Prize.  An experienced recitalist he has appeared at London’s leading venues and major UK festivals.  He has given concerts in Europe and South America and worked with eminent singers and instrumentalists.

“For his part, Turner offered…intricate piano writing rendered with exemplary clarity and poise” (Richard Whitehouse – St. Johns Smith Square)

Clare McCaldin is a lyric mezzo-soprano whose presence in performance marks her out as a communicator of outstanding quality on the dramatic stage and concert platform. She is a powerful creative influence, as an interpreter of existing repertoire or commissioning and premiering new music.

Enigma 14 - Lisa Nelsen (flute) grew up on a pig farm in Western Canada and followed the example of her parents, both professional singers, by opting for a life in music, which takes her throughout the UK, Europe and North America.  Julian Metzger (cello) delights audiences with his rich palate of sound colours and recently played in front of members of the Danish Royal Family.  Paul Turner (piano) is a native of Swindon and founded the SRS.  He combines being the SRS Artistic Director with performing across the UK and abroad.  

Lisa is a Yamaha artiste -

Lisa Nelsen

Paul Turner