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.
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 and will be on tour in the autumn 2019 and 2020
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