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Songs by Ethel Smyth: Lucy Stevens (contralto) and Elizabeth Marcus (piano)...

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Shaw Library, Old Building, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE

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A collection of songs written by composer and suffrage activist Ethel Smyth, including one dedicated to Emmeline Pankhurst and another to Christabel Pankhurst. Lucy Stevens will also sing ten songs, not performed in Britain since 1903 and bring to life this astounding female composer during Women's History Month.

Lucy has 20 years experience creating, collaborating, developing and performing as an actor and classical singer. Her approach to text is as meticulous as it is to music, seeking to communicate an immediate and honest performance that is live and relevant.

Over the last 5 years Lucy has developed a performance style in which she coalesces her classical contralto with her spoken voice. In Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle and Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife! pianist Elizabeth Marcus provides a sound world, where music and spoken word seamlessly weave into and out of song, heightening the intensity and sentiment of both. Shakespeare in Songdovetails Shakespeare’s songs with spoken poetry from his plays and sonnets.

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