Refreshing, original, Fun!
- Audience feedback at Stroud Green Festival
A new concert/play written by Clare Norburn and directed by Nicholas Renton
In 2019 we will be developing a show with Clare Norburn, for which we have secured funding from the Arts Council England. This will be developed from our existing CarmenCo concert.
Carmen Co is an ensemble comprising Emily Andrews, flautist/mezzo; David Massey & Francisco Correa, guitars.
Exploiting the rich texture of 2 guitars & our skills in arranging, our flautist Emily also plays & dances at the same time, providing the basis for developing vibrant, visual yet cost-effective programmes which can easily tour & engage low-engaged communities.
Formed in 2017, we have performed across the UK, honing our distinctive approach, combining standard flute & guitar music with our own arrangements of orchestral pieces, folk & world music. In particular, we have started to develop a show, harnessing the potential of the well-known music & powerful story of Bizet’s opera Carmen combining dance & a simple story.
The trio grew out of The Andrews Massey Duo, (formed by Emily & David in 2009), who have won the Tunnell Trust Award 2012-2013; were Royal Overseas League Competition semi-finalists 3 times & have appeared at Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields & Kings Place & in Germany, Italy & Sweden. They have made 3 CDs. One of their videos had 230,000+ YouTube views.
Creating Carmen is more than a concert. It occupies the borders between a play and a concert. It is a fully staged show for three musicians and two actors. The central character is Prosper Merimée, writer of the novella on which Bizet’s Carmen was based.
Merimée had a colourful personal life; he had numerous affaires including with George Sand and wrote a series of letters to an anonymous woman for over 40 years. Our show imagines that these wild escapades fired his imagination, leading to the creation one of the most infamous femme fatale characters of all time.
Our show intertwines specially-arranged music from Bizet's Carmen and other Spanish and Spanish-inspired music including by Boccherini, da Falla, Garcia-Lorca, Granados, Ravel, Delibes and Albeniz
The project is a collaboration with writer Clare Norburn, who has developed a series of concert/plays which have toured to most of the UK’s leading venue and festivals, and director Nicholas Renton.
The Show premiered at the Stroud Green Festival in London in June 23rd 2019
About the Andrews-Massey Duo
“Flute and guitar ensemble music
“Impeccable chamber music playing.”
About Francisco Correa
“Colombian guitarist Francisco Correa delighted Paris with his virtuosity.”
“A most enjoyable evening of excellent music making thoroughly enjoyed by a large audience.”
About Clare Norburn
"What is most impressive about Norburn’s conception is the way that the various strata and
elements combine and cohere so effortlessly. Past and present, truth and fantasy, real and
imagined come together in a tightly knit and intimate drama. The personal narrative is
embedded neatly within historical, cultural and political contexts..." Opera Today, Claire
Seymour – 2019