Lucy Parham presents upcoming performances of own productions
Pianist Lucy Parham presents several upcoming performances of her self-scripted evenings of words and music over the coming months. Following the success of Beloved Clara, the story of the relationships between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, Parham has used various source materials to compile three further productions. Odyssey of Love profiles Liszt’s relationship with two women, Marie d’Agoult, and cigar-smoking intellectual Princess Carolyne von Sayn Wittgenstein; Nocturne chronicles the romantic life of Chopin; and Rêverie celebrates the life and loves of Debussy, written for the composer’s 150th anniversary. Parham presents Rêverie at Chipping Campden Festival (11 May) Cambridge Summer Festival (26 July) Petworth Festival (28 July), Quartz Festival (9 October) and St John’s, Smith Square, London (19 October); Beloved Clara on 15 May in Yorkshire (venue tbc); Nocturne at Perth International Arts Festival (30 May), Clapham Arts Centre (14 September) and Music at Wotton House (20 September); and Odyssey of Love at Winchester Festival (13 July) and Llandeilo Fawr Festival (15 July). Actors involved include Simon Russell Beale, Edward Fox, Joanna David, Harriet Walter, Niamh Cusack, Robert Glenister and Henry Goodman. A CD of Nocturne with Harriet Walter and Samuel West narrating was released by Deux-Elles in November 2013.