Dovetails songs with spoken poetry from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.
Performed by contralto Lucy Stevens and pianist Elizabeth Marcus.
A song recital of British composers setting the songs from Shakespeare’s plays interwoven with spoken poetry from his plays and sonnets.
Exploring love, lust, power and decay.
“A remarkable performance, with magical, deeply touching moments – the audience spellbound, the recitations beautifully delivered and subtly interwoven with the songs – some well known, others less familiar and fresh”.
“Another triumphant performance!! Brilliant singing and accompaniment.” Nick Barnes, Chairman Cambridge The Arts Society, South Cambs.
60 minutes without interval.
Performance Dates 2021
Saturday 22 May – English Music Festival Oxfordshire.
Past Performance 2019
27 July – Hitchin Festival – 7.30pm St Mary’s Churchyard
3 October – Rottingdean Festival – 12.30pm Hillside Barn
Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican.
★ ★ ★ ★ "Lucy Stevens as Ferrier, capturing the singer’s radiant personality most winningly… always at home in the Ferrier songbook, the warmth in her own voice, matching to a large degree Ferrier’s own contralto, causes a frisson in the audience."
Adrian Edwards - Musical Theatre review
Review ‘Whattalife!’ April’16
Stapleford Grannary, Cambridge
"With a voice of this calibre, it would be easy for a singer to indulge, but Whattalife! is a seamless balance of speech and music, neither dominating the piece."
Jane Bower localsecrets.com
"What a fantastic performance. I have seen very few such moving, funny and well acted performances, let alone with such fabulous singing. A real treat." 'Whattalife!' Audience member.
Review ‘Whattalife!’ May ’16
"Thank you for a wonderful evening. It sparkled with your talent and your deep understanding of your subject. We laughed and we were moved as you thrilled us with your singing. Unforgettable." 'Whattalife!' Audience member.